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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Montgomery, Indiana, 
United States
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Location of Montgomery County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana
Record Description
Record Type Probate Records
Collection years 1822-1966
FamilySearch Resources
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Montgomery County Courthouse, Crawfordsville, Indiana


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

This collection consists of digital images of a general probate index, 1822-1963 and an index to wills, 1822-1966. The collection also includes digital images of order books, wills and estate files which cover various years between 1822-1930. Images will be added to this collection as they become available.

County officials began keeping probate records from the time the county was formed. Probates are generally recorded in the county were the person resided. These records cover approximately 40 percent of adult males who left wills, but this may be less than 25 percent in some areas. Less than 10 percent of women had wills or estate inventories. Wills are more likely to be found in rural communities than in larger cities and industrial areas. A higher percentage of individuals died without a will, but they may have had their estates probated and distributed through the courts. Wills and other estate documents are found in the estate files.

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.

Probate records fall into two general categories: wills and estate papers. 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. The exact contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper.


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

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents. Information in the entries may include:

  • The name of the testator or deceased
  • The names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • The name of the executor, administrator, or guardian
  • The names of witnesses
  • Residence of testator
  • Document and recording dates

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

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  • The name of the individual
  • The date of the event or the name of a parent or spouse

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

  • Use the probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives
  • Search for a death record
  • Search for an obituary in a local newspaper
  • Search for other 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 Who 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]

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