Overview: Stewart Title Company donated to the Tarrant County
Archives their collection of probate records accumulated for title
ownership of real property under examination. These probate records,
covering a time frame from 1864 to 1955, may be incomplete with regard
to the actual probate filings because only those probate documents
pertaining to the ownership of real property were needed for title
examination of real property.
Please note that this is privately abstracted information, not
official Probate Records. In viewing the database below, the Probate
Court case number is shown. Full and complete documents may be
obtained by applying this case number to The
County Clerk Probate Database
. The Stewart Title Abstracts of
Probate database is accessible in a print version by visiting the
Tarrant County Archives, or by accessing the Portable Document Format
(PDF) below. Following the link is a key to abbreviations used in the database.
Key to Abbreviations Used:
AKA = Also Known As
AppGuardian;Inventory = A
petition is made to the Probate Court on behalf of minor children or a
person of unsound mind, to appoint a guardian to manage their estate.
An inventory is made of what real and personal property may belong to
the minor or person of unsound mind that is to be managed. Sometimes
there may be need for an immediate sale of the real property and
rather than an inventory, there are documents relating to the sale of
the property and a report made to the Probate Court.
ApptAdmin/TempAdmin;Inventory = A petition has been made to the
Probate Court to appoint an administrator or temporary administrator
of the estate and an inventory is made of the deceased persons
property. Usually this occurs when a person dies without a will or
there is an immediate need to take care of the business of the estate
prior to the probate of the will.
App to Administer the
Estate = Same as above but usually not as involved.
ApptAppraisers;Inventory = The Probate Court appoints a person
or company to appraise the property and provide a list to the court of
their findings in the form of an Inventory.
CC or Cert Copy
Will/Probate/Guard/Guardian Dallas Cty, TX = A certified copy of
the probate proceedings that were made in another county in Texas or
another state. The reason to obtain such a document is that the
deceased also owned property in Tarrant County at the time of their
death and/or a guardianship was set up. In these instances the column
'Additional Notes' may list the documents received, i.e., copy of the
will or copy of the inventory.
Con = Contested probate
Final Acct = The executor's final accounting of the estate to
the probate court, usually stating that the estate has been disposed
of in accordance with the will and is complete.
Judgment/Judg/Law Suit = Cases that were filed in District
Court but which pertain to an estate and are therefore included in the
Lunacy/Lunatic Hearing or NCM
Guardianship = In the Probate Court, a six-person jury delivers
their verdict on the sanity of a person. A Guardian of the Person is
appointed by the court to take care of the physical well-being of a
ward and a Guardian of Estate is appointed to care for a ward’s
property. Often both a guardian of the person and a guardian of estate
are appointed and can be the same individual.
Inheritance Tax = A ruling on taxes that must be paid on
Prob;will;proof;inventory = A will
was filed for probate. A proof including witnesses to the will is
provided to prove the will valid, and an inventory is available which
may only contain real property and values.
Prob;will;codicil;proof;inventory = Same as above, but a
codicil (addition) to the will is also available.
Prob;will;interrog;inventory = Same as above, but depositions
of persons claiming to know the facts were taken to determine if the
will was valid. Usually occurs when a will is disputed or a will was
made and probated in another county or state.
Above = Data is the same as listed for the preceding entry.
Var/Oth = Various or other documents are contained in the
file. May include marriage licenses, property deeds or any other
documents the probate may have asked the executor to produce for
review in settling the estate.
War of Arrest = A warrant
of arrest was issued.
The Tarrant County Archives thanks Volunteer Cecelia Gilbreath
for her work on this database.