Iowa Probate Records

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This entry was originally written by Carol L. Maki and Michael John Neill for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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Matters of probate, including wills, administrator or executor bonds, inventories, and guardianships, are kept by the clerk of the county district court. The Genealogical Society of Utah and the State Historical Society of Iowa are jointly microfilming probate records at the county level. In the case of Scott County, packets of original probate files in addition to the court’s record books are included in the microfilming project. Full particulars on which counties and which records have been microfilmed can be obtained from the library in Des Moines or through the FHL catalog (see pages 12-13).

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