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Keokuk County, Iowa
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Location in the state of Iowa
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Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded December 21, 1837
County Seat Sigourney


County Courthouse


Parent County

1837--Keokuk County was created 21 December 1837 from Dubuque County.  It was attached to Johnson, Washington, and Cedar Counties prior to organization 1 March 1844.  County seat:  Sigourney [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 website.

Record Loss

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

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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.



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 Keokuk 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.



Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Keokuk 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 Keokuk County, Iowa:

- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry , Company C
- 5th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 7th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
- 8th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 47th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company H
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
:- 18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry,
:- 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company I
:- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company C
:- 47th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company H
:- 5th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
:- 7th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
:- 8th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F


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


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 - Keokuk - 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

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 Libaries

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

Family History Centers

Web Sites


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


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