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Johnson County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Johnson County
Location in the state of Iowa
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Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 21, 1837
County Seat Iowa City
Courthouse

Contents

County Courthouse

History

Parent County

1837--Johnson County was created 21 December 1837 from Dubuque, Cook, and Muscatine Counties.  It was attached to Cedar County prior to organization 4 July 1838.  County seat: Iowa City [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

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Benton • Cedar • Iowa • Linn • Louisa • Muscatine • Washington

Johnson CountyCedar CountyMuscatine CountyLouisa CountyWashington CountyKeokuk CountyIowa CountyBenton CountyLinn CountyJones CountyJackson CountyClinton CountyScott CountyDes Moines CountyHenry CountyJefferson CountyWapello CountyPoweshiek CountyTama CountyBlack Hawk CountyBuchanan CountyDelaware CountyDubuque CountyRock Island CountyMercer CountyHenderson CountyWarren CountyIAJohnson.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.


Lutheran
  • Records of the Zion Lutheran Church, Iowa City, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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 Johnson 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.


  • Aurner, Clarence Ray. Leading events in Johnson County, Iowa history. Cedar Rapids, Iowa : Western Hist. Press, 1912-1913.
  • Iowa City Board of Trade. Sketch of Johnson County, Iowa : with a review of its early history and subsequent development, its educational, manufacturing, agricultural, and other interests. Iowa City, Iowa : Board of Trade, 1880.

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Johnson 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 Johnson County, Iowa:


- 1st Regiment, Iowa Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company B
- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company H
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Companies I and M
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 22nd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies A, B, F, G, H, I and K
- 24th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 28th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 44th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company D
- 47th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company G
- 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company F
:- 1st Regiment, Iowa Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company B
:- 22nd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
:- 22nd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
:- 22nd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
:- 22nd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
:- 22nd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
:- 22nd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
:- 22nd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
:- 24th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
:- 28th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
:- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company H
:- 44th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company D
:- 47th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company G
:- 6th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company I
:- 6th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company M
:- 6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G

Newspapers

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

*Daily Iowan Newspaper Collection -- access to digitized versions of The Daily Iowan and its predecessors: the University Reporter (1868-81), the Vidette (1879-81), the Vidette-Reporter (1881-1901) and the University Mirror (1881). The newspaper editions are full text searchable. *NewspaperArchive.com ($) has historical newspapers online including Cedar Rapids newspapers that may have included Johnson 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 - Johnson - 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