Iowa, Tama County Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Tama, Iowa, 
United States
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Location of Tama County, Iowa
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Location of Iowa
Record Description
Record Type Probate Records
Collection years 1856-1936
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
Tama County Clerk. Tama County Courthouse, Toledo, Iowa


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes images of probate records from the office of the Tama County Clerk. It covers the years 1856 to 1936.

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

Genealogical facts in entries include:

  • Name of testator or deceased
  • Event year
  • Event place
  • Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • Sometimes the date of death

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Probate records fall into two general categories: wills and estate papers. The records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, oaths of executors, forms about guardians and other court documents. Most records mention the names of heirs and frequently specify how those heirs are related. Names of children may be given, as well as married names of daughters. Probate records may not give an exact death date, but a death most often occurred within a few months of the date of probate.

Probate records are used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. The probate process transfers the legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title. The transfer is to an executor or executrix if the deceased had made a will, to an administrator or administratrix if the deceased had not made a will, or to a guardian or conservator if the deceased had heirs under the age of twenty-one or if heirs were incompetent due to disease or disability.

Most probate records were created on a county level, though many were later sent to the Archives. The contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper.

The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceeding are quite reliable, though there is still a chance of misinformation. The records may omit the names of deceased family members and those who have previously received an inheritance, or the spouse mentioned may not be the parent of the children mentioned.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the deceased person
  • The approximate date of death or probate

View the Images[edit | edit source]

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  1. Select the Volume Title, Year Range, Volume Number to view the images.

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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

  • Use the probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives
  • Use the probate record to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate
  • For earlier years, use the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records
  • Search for vital records such as birth, and marriage
  • Use the information found in the record to find immigration and land records
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Iowa.

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