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|Clayton County, Iowa|
Location in the state of Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
|Founded||December 21, 1837|
Clayton County Courthouse
111 High St. SE
Elkrader, IA 52043
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.
For a list of record loss in Iowa Counties see: Iowa Counties with Burned Courthouses
Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog
- Boardman Township
- Cass Township
- Clayton Township
- Cox Creek Township
- Elk Township
- Farmersburg Township
- Garnavillo Township
- Grand Meadow Township
- Highland Township
- Jefferson Township
- Lodomillo Township
- Mallory Township
- Marion Township
- Sperry Township
- St. Olaf
- Strawberry Point
- Volga Township
- Wagner Township
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.
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.
- Records of the American Lutheran Church, Clayton County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
- Records of the American Lutheran Church, Elkader, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
- Records of the American Lutheran Church, Luana, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
- Records of the American Lutheran Church, Littleport, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
St. John's Lutheran Church
- Records of the St. John's Lutheran Church, Clayton County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
St. Sebald Lutheran Church
- Records of the St. Sebald Lutheran Church, Strawberry Point, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
- Records of the American Lutheran Church, Strawberry Point, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.
See Iowa Land and Property for additional information about early Iowa land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.
Local histories are available for Clayton County, Iowa. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Iowa Local Histories.
Regiments. Service men in Clayton County, Iowa served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Clayton County, Iowa:
- - 3rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company C
- - 4th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company B
- - 9th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- - 20th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies B, D and G
- - 27th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies D and E
- - 47th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company A
- - 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company K
:- 20th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
:- 20th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
:- 20th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
:- 27th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
:- 27th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
:- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company C
:- 47th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company A
:- 4th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company B
:- 9th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of digitized Iowa newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.
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 - Clayton - Probate records.
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 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
|Centers provide: • Personal one-on-one assistance • Access to genealogical records through the Internet or microfilm loan program • Free how-to classes (varies by location). See Family History Centers for more information.|
| Check back often with these websites. Internet offerings are growing at record rates.
Local societies and libraries may know of other websites.
|State Historical Society of Iowa||Free||list and links to data and "hard copy" material - results of "clayton county" placed in search box|
|The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection||Free||digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions - results of "clayton county" in the search box|
|State Library of Iowa||Free||electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies - results of "clayton county" in the search box|
|IAGenWeb Project||Free||Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions|
|USGenWeb Archives||Free||Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions|
|  FamilySearch||Free||Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes|
|RootsWeb Resources||Free||Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions|
|Linkpendium||Free||Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)|
|CyndisList||Free||Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)|
|StateofUS.com||Free||family history resources and government records|
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
|FamilySearch Catalog||Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.|
|WorldCat||To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.|
|Allen County Public Library||located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.|
|GeneaBloggers||enter "Iowa" in search box to see list and links to Iowa blogs|
|Google+||list of groups from "iowa genealogy" search|
|list of groups from "Iowa Genealogy" search|
|genealogy.com||Clayton County, IA Genealogy Forum|
|ancestry.com||Clayton County Message Board|
- ↑ The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
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