Probate records consist of the documents that settle an estate after someoneís death, whether they died with a will (testate) or without one (intestate). Probate records are important to genealogists because they can provide important information about other family members and the estate of the deceased.
Probate records may include but are not limited to:
A will, if there was one
A petition for an executor or administrator
Amendments or codicils to the will
Probate of the will
A list of heirs
An inventory of the deceasedís estate at time of death
A report of the committee for partition when heirs cannot agree amongst themselves about how to divide the estate
Receipts from heirs
A closing statement by the court
The Sauk County Historical Society holds all Sauk County probate records prior to 1916.The following lists contain the indexed probate records from our collection. If you would like copies of a particular probate record please use our online request form. An initial fee of $15 is required to initiate a search of the files. We will assess the number of probate records in a particular file and provide you with a quote for copies. Copies are $1.00 per page.