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Using probate files to fill in personal details: Those Places Thursday

Iowa probate files are now on Ancestry, providing  a goldmine of information for Luxembourg researchers. The area around St Donates was a popular settlement for Luxembourger families beginning around the time of the American Civil War. Many of the immigrant generation stayed local until their deaths… which means when their families filed for probate, you can receive extensive detail about their lives.

In the case of Jacob (Jacques) Hingtgen, a probate file gave not only the name of his spouse, but a description of his property. His wife’s name can give hints for finding the correct marriage in an index. The property description can be even more helpful, suggesting the location of deeds – which might indicate Hingtgen’s occupation, previous residences and more.

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