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Iowa, Poweshiek County Probate, School, and Court Records, 1850-1954
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Poweshiek, Iowa, 
United States
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Location of Poweshiek County, Iowa
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Record Description
Record Type Probate
Collection years 1850-1954
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Poweshiek County Clerk's Office, Montezuma


What Is In This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes probate proceedings from Poweshiek County for the years 1850-1954. They include estate files, wills, administrations, minutes, guardianships and other records related to probate.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

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Probate

Records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents.

  • Name of testator or deceased
  • Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • Name of executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residence of testator
  • Document and recording dates

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use a probate record to identify guardians, heirs and relatives
  • Use a probate record to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate
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I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

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