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
When researching a
family, I use every possible resource
available. After checking vital records, tax
assessment rolls, real estate deeds, church
records, newspaper archives, etc. I can
compile a report that gives a story and
insight into your ancestor’s life here.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Towns of Fremont County, Iowa
Iowa Western Community
September 12, 2019
The Famous and
Infamous of Fremont County, Iowa
Iowa Western Community
April 9, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.
Author of several short
stories included in “View
from the Attic”
published by the Fremont County
Historical Society in 2018.
KMA Interview - April 7,
Deep To Find Family