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Fayette County, Iowa
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Facts
Founded December 21, 1837
County Seat West Union
Courthouse
Address Fayette County Courthouse
114 North Vine Street
P.O. Box 226
West Union, IA 52175 
Phone:(563) 422-3687
Fayette County Website

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Quick Reference Facts

Parent County

1837--Fayette County was created 21 December 1837 from Dubuque County. it was attached to Clayton County prior to organiztoin 7 February 1859.  County seat:  West Union [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.

Neighboring Counties

Allamakee • Black Hawk • Bremer • Buchanan • Chickasaw • Clayton • Delaware • Winnishiek

Fayette CountyClayton CountyDubuque CountyDelaware CountyBuchanan CountyBlack Hawk CountyBremer CountyChickasaw CountyHoward CountyWinneshiek CountyAllamakee CountyJackson CountyJones CountyLinn CountyBenton CountyTama CountyGrundy CountyButler CountyFloyd CountyMitchell CountyHouston CountyFillmore CountyMower CountyGrant CountyCrawford CountyVernon CountyIAFayette.JPG

Record Loss

1872 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. For a list of record loss in Iowa Counties see: Iowa Counties with Burned Courthouses


For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Resources

Cemeteries

Church Records

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.

Lutheran

Clermont

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Clermont, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Hope Lutheran Church, Westgate

  • Records of the Hope Lutheran Church, Westgate, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Richfield

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Richfield, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

West Union

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, West Union, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court Records

Land and Property

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.

History

Local histories are available for Fayette 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.

  • Past and present of Fayette County, Iowa at Ancestry.com ($)
  • Fayette County Historical Society. Heritage of Fayette County, Iowa, 1996. West Union, Iowa] : Fayette County, IA Heritage Book Committee, c1996.
  • Peterman, Thomas Draper. Historical sketches of Fayette County, Iowa, in the 40's and 50's. [S.l. : s.n., 19--?].
  • The History of Fayette County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, &c., a biographical directory of its citizens, war record of its volunteers, history of the northwest, history of Iowa, map of Fayette County. Chicago : Western Historical Co., 1878.
  • Past and present of Fayette County, Iowa : illustrated. Marceline, Mo. : Walsworth, [197-?].

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Fayette 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 Fayette County, Iowa:

- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company C
- 9th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 12th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company C
- 18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
- 46th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company D
- 12th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company C
:- 18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
:- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
:- 46th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company D
:- 6th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company C
:- 9th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F

Newspapers

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives
  • NewspaperArchive.com ($) has historical newspapers online including Waterloo newspapers that may have included Fayette County residents. This database is free at some libraries.

Probate Records

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 - Adair - Probate records.

Fayette County probate case files are scheduled to become available for free online at FamilySearch as images become available. For more information, click here.

   A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

   Iowa, Fayette County Probate Case Files (FamilySearch Historical 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..

Repositories

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

Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Courthouses  

Fayette County Courthouse
114 North Vine Street
P.O. Box 226
West Union, IA 52175 
(563) 422-3687 
  Fayette County 
 

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