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Guide to Clarke County, Iowa ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Clarke County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Clarke County
Location in the state of Iowa
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Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 14, 1846
County Seat Osceola
Courthouse

Contents

County Courthouse

Clarke County Courthouse
100 S. Main
Osceola, IA 50213

(641) 342-3313

Clarke County

History

Parent County

1846--Clarke County was created 13 January 1846 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Lucas Kishkekosh Counties prior to organization 21 August 1851. County seat:  Osceola [1]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Iowa County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Iowa County Boundary Maps" (1816-1872) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Clarke County, like its neighbor Lucas County, spanned five townships from east to west in 1846. Both counties shrank to four townships across in 1847, requiring Clarke County's eastern border to shift six miles east while its western border shifted twelve miles east

The area vacated by Clarke County, including Mt. Pisgah and its cemetery, was non-county area until it became part of Union County in 1851. 

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Iowa Counties see: Iowa Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Decatur • Lucas • Madison • Ringgold • Union • Warren • Wayne

Clarke CountyLucas CountyWayne CountyDecatur CountyRinggold CountyUnion CountyAdair CountyMadison CountyWarren CountyMarion CountyAppanoose CountyMonroe CountyTaylor CountyAdams CountyGuthrie CountyDallas CountyPolk CountyJasper CountyWorth CountyHarrison CountyMercer CountyPutnam CountySullivan CountyGentry CountyIAClarke.JPG

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

Iowa recorded not only the federal census but state census through out the years too. The state census contains very valuable genealogical information. Where the census information can be found, what years it was taken, mortality schedules, census substitutions and much more is discussed in the very informative Iowa Census article.

Church

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Iowa Church Records.


Court

Land

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Iowa Land and Property for additional information about early Iowa land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Clarke County, Iowa. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Iowa Local Histories.


Maps

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Clarke County, Iowa for European settlers included:

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Clarke County, Iowa served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Clarke County, Iowa:


- 6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 15th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
- 18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
- 46th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company H
- 15th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
:- 18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
:- 46th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company H
:- 6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F

Newspapers

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives

NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of digitized Iowa newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.

Probate

In most counties in Iowa, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Iowa - Clarke - Probate records.


Taxation

Iowa tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Tax lists were usually made every year, however, there may be gaps of several years. For more information, see the wiki page Iowa Taxation.


Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Iowa Department of Public Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also How to order Iowa Vital Records or order electronically online..


Societies and Libraries

See also a List of Iowa Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Family History Centers