Sandra Bengtson

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 About Me:

 I am Sandra Bengtson and I live in Sidney, Iowa and have assisted individuals with their family genealogy and researched at the
 Fremont County Courthouse since 2012. I have also researched for historians, authors, and professional companies looking for
 heirs relating to estates. 

 When researching a family, I use every possible resource available. After checking vital records, probate/will filings, land records,
 court records, tax assessment rolls, cemetery records, newspaper archives, etc. I can compile a report that gives a story and insight
 into your ancestor's life.

 I mainly specialize in research and retrieval of documents on file at the Fremont County Courthouse. I will also research at
 neighboring courthouses (Page County, Iowa; Mills County, Iowa; Otoe County, Nebraska) for a minimal travel fee. 

 What Courthouse Records Hold & Why An Experienced Researcher is Needed

 Often families are interested in having copies of the original  documents for their family records, rather than the indexing of an
 event (birth, marriage, death) that can be found online. Other times finding an original document might solve a family mystery.

 For example if your ancestor disappeared from the census after 1870 or 1880, the answer might be found in these records:

 Divorces - These were recorded in the Court Dockets from the time Fremont County was established in 1851. The court record
 normally told why the parties divorced, their current whereabouts and who had custody of any children.

 Deed Records/Estate Transfers - If your ancestor owned real estate, the final deed shows if they were living at the time the
 property was sold or if it was transferred through their estate. Also shows whether a spouse was still living that signed off on the
 final deed.

 Adoptions - It is sometimes possible to find a court record of the event in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s, prior to the records
 being sealed. Finding this kind of record usually answers questions families have had for many years.

 Upon completion of my research, all clients receive a written report of my findings, along with any relevant copies of documents
 and pictures.

 Keep in mind that historical and genealogy research findings are unpredictable so no guarantees can be made. Sometimes there is
 no record available to answer the question you are seeking. If your ancestor lived in this area, it is rare that no record of them here
 can be found at all, but it can happen. Often the research here that rules out possibilities is necessary before continuing on with
 your searching. 

  Documents Page    This page contains images of the types of documents and other resources to which I have access.


 My flat rate for document or genealogy research is $50 per hour. Many research jobs can be completed in the hour time frame.
 I do not charge clients for travel time or report preparation time. 

 If I find more extensive research time is required - such as looking through several years of Court Dockets - I will communicate
 with the client prior to expending the time.


 $25 Travel Fee - An additional flat fee is charged for travel to the Courthouses located in Page County, Iowa; Mills County, Iowa;
 or Otoe County, Nebraska.

 Programs, Publications, Interviews

 Settlements & Towns of Fremont County, Iowa
History Program
 Iowa Western Community College
 September 12, 2019

 The Famous and Infamous of Fremont County, Iowa
History Program
 Iowa Western Community College
 September 2020 -  Exact date To be Announced

 Author of several short stories included in   “View from the Attic”    published by the Fremont County Historical Society in 2018.

 KMA Interview - April 7, 2017
 Bengtson Digs Deep to Find Family Histories in Fremont County

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