When researching Harrison County probate records it is important to remember that the courthouse was destroyed by fire in September 1854; all county records up to that time were lost.

What is Probate?

Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.” Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. These documents are extremely valuable to genealogists and should not be neglected. In many instances, they are the only known source of relevant information such as the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence. They may also include information about adoption or guardianship of minor children and dependents.

Harrison County Iowa Probate Records at Ancestry

The following records can be found within the database Iowa, Wills and Probate Records, 1758-1997. As of June 2017, most of them are not searchable, but are able to be browsed. Over the coming months, we will be transcribing the indices for these probates here, so that you can find the information more easier.

These records represent most if not all records available for probate in Harrison County Iowa.