Indiana Probate Records
This entry was originally written by Carol L. Maki and Michael John Neill for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.
The court jurisdiction responsible for probate changed a half dozen times in Indiana’s history before finally settling in the county’s circuit court. The records have remained with the clerk of the circuit court, although they are often stored in the county clerk’s office. The records include wills, probate records, administration of estates, letters of administration, inventories of decedent’s personal property, final record books, adoption papers, guardianship records, civil court records, records of minors, records of the insane, and naturalization records and proceedings. A statewide index to wills, Indiana Wills Index through 1880, 2 vols. (Indianapolis: Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe, 1983) is available.