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Tarrant County Probate Records


Probate records consist of documents related to the estate of a deceased person and contain documents such as petitions, wills, bonds, inventories and appraisements, claims against estates, sales, distributions to legal heirs, and vouchers.

In 1876, a fire destroyed the Tarrant County Courthouse and many of the county’s early records. Some of the probate records survived the fire, and these records provide some of the only evidence of people who lived in Tarrant County in 1850s - 1870s.

Members of the Fort Worth Genealogical Society created copies of the records, and a complete copy of all original papers was published in Footprints, a quarterly of the Fort Worth Genealogical Society, beginning in v.17, No. 4, November 1974.



The materials were donated to the Library by Fort Worth Genealogical Society at an unknown date.

Scope and Contents Note

The collection consists of photocopies and scans of the probate records and estate records from the 1850s to the early 1900s. While the majority of the materials are probate records, other estate records and records created after the Tarrant County Courthouse fire are included in these records.

The packets contain copies petitions, wills, administrator and guardian bonds, inventories, appraisements, claims against estates, returns of administrators, distribution to heirs, and other documents. Copies of the original records are available on microfiche in the office of the Tarrant County District Clerk. The date of the photocopies is unknown, but the scans were compiled in 2007. The files are arranged by case number, and the photocopies have been left in descriptive envelopes. The collection measures 2.2 linear feet (7 boxes).

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Last updated: Oct. 17, 2014