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

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Iowa County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Iowa County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 17, 1843
County Seat Marengo
Courthouse

Contents

County Courthouse

History

Parent County

1843--Iowa County was created 17 February 1843 from Keokuk County. It was attached to Poweshiek and Johnson Counties prior to organization 1 July 1845.  County seat:  Marengo [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.

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

Benton • Johnson • Keokuk • Linn • Poweshiek • Tama • Washington

Iowa CountyJohnson CountyWashington CountyKeokuk CountyMahaska CountyPoweshiek CountyTama CountyBenton CountyLinn CountyJones CountyCedar CountyMuscatine CountyLouisa CountyHenry CountyJefferson CountyWapello CountyMonroe CountyJasper CountyMarshall CountyGrundy CountyBlack Hawk CountyBuchanan CountyDelaware CountyIAIowa.JPG

Resources

Cemeteries

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

Directories

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 Iowa 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

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Iowa 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 Iowa County, Iowa:


- 7th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 8th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 11th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
- 18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 24th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 28th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies B, G and I
- 11th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
:- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
:- 18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
:- 24th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
:- 28th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
:- 28th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
:- 28th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
:- 6th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company E
:- 7th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
:- 8th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Iowa County, Iowa newspapers in online catalogs like:

*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has historical newspapers online including Cedar Rapids newspapers that may have included Iowa County residents. This database is free at some 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 - Iowa - 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

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to Iowa County, Iowa
State Historical Society of Iowa Free list and links to data and "hard copy" material - results of "iowa county" placed in search box
The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection Free digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions - results of "iowa 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 "iowa county" in the search box
IAGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
genealogytrails.com Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
[1] [2][3] FamilySearch Free Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes
Sites that search for links pertaining to Iowa County, Iowa
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 ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
iowa-genealogy.com Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS.com Free family history resources and government records
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Iowa County, Iowa
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch Catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat The worldcat search system does not search Iowa County; you will have to sift through all of Iowa. 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.
See also local libraries and Iowa Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Iowa County, Iowa
GeneaBloggers enter "Iowa" in search box to see list and links to Iowa blogs
Google+ list of groups from "iowa genealogy" search
Facebook list of groups from "Iowa Genealogy" search
genealogy.com Iowa County, IA Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Iowa County Message Board

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

 

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