Iowa, Tama County Court Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Record Description[edit | edit source]

This collection contains images of court records from the the office of the Tama County Clerk for the years 1859 to 1927.

Record Content[edit | edit source]

Information found in this collection may include:

  • Names of interested parties
  • Date of court proceeding or transaction
  • Details of the case
  • Place of residence
  • Names of witnesses

How to Use the Record[edit | edit source]

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name
  • Approximate court date

Search the Collection[edit | edit source]

To search the collection
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Category"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Volume, and Year Range" which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

Using the Information[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example use the date and locality to search for census and church records.

Tips to Keep in Mind[edit | edit source]

  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after 1900.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  • Witnesses in court cases may be close relatives.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local historical and genealogical groups also compile indexes to local records .
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Related Websites[edit | edit source]

Free Public Records Directory

Related Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]

Iowa Iowa Court Records

Contributions to This Article[edit | edit source]

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections[edit | edit source]

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Citation for This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.