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|Linn County, Iowa|
Location in the state of Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
|Founded||December 21, 1837|
|County Seat||Cedar Rapids|
1862: Stoney Point, Linn County. Stoney Point was the local name given to an area between the towns of Cedar Rapids and Palo in the 1860s, near Covington. In 2010 there is a Stoney Point road on the northwest side of Cedar Rapids which intersects with State Highway 94. Names associated with this area in correspondence in 1862-1865 included: James Burt, Royalton Fifield, Mr. Kelsey, James Little, Thomas Parker, Furney Phelps, Levy Proutey, Charles Ribble, Henra Ribble, John T. Ribble, Mr. Sanborn, Homer Stedman, Charley Stedman, Comboy Stedman, Henra Usher, John Henry Willis.
The Stony Point school house (still standing in 1981) was located on the road before coming to Covington. The Usher family owned property in the Stoney Point area. They buried their family and friends on their property which eventually became Spring Grove cemetery. Few of those buried there during the Civil War had stones erected.
Iowa GenWeb has an excellent source for cemeteries, many are already transcribed with photos.
- Hazel Knoll Cemetery, Central City BillionGraves
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 are available for Linn 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.
- Cedar Rapids Library Archives, Linn County has a large number of Cedar Rapids and Marion newspapers available free online.
Also see NewspaperArchive.com ($) for additional Cedar Rapids newspapers that may not be included in the Cedar Rapids Public Library database. This database is free at some 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 Family History Library Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Iowa - Linn - 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.
Societies and Libaries
Family History Centers
- Introduction to LDS Family History Centers
- Cedar Rapids Iowa Family History Center 4300 Trailridge Rd SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 United States
- Mount Vernon Iowa Family History Center Scobey Road Mount Vernon IA 52314
- Linn County, Iowa Genealogical Society
- Family History Library Catalog
- Linn County, Iowa Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- ↑ The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
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