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Guide to Poweshiek County Iowa genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Poweshiek County, Iowa
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Location in the state of Iowa
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Facts
Founded February 17, 1843
County Seat Montezuma
Courthouse

Contents

County Courthouse 

The Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma contains vital records (starting about 1848 for birth, marriage, and death) on the 2nd floor. The staff is friendly and helpful. Access inside the records vault is allowed, although no cameras are permitted. There is no charge for transcribing documents, and since personal computers are allowed inside the records vault, transcription is easy. The cost for having the staff make copies was only a few dollars per copy.

History

Parent County

1843--Poweshiek County was created 17 February 1843 from Keokuk County.  It was attached to Mahaska and iowa Counties prior to organization 3 April 1848.  County seat:  Montezuma [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 • Iowa • Jasper • Keokuk • Mahaska • Marshall • Tama

Poweshiek CountyIowa CountyKeokuk CountyMahaska CountyMarion CountyJasper CountyMarshall CountyTama CountyBenton CountyLinn CountyJohnson CountyWashington CountyJefferson CountyWapello CountyMonroe CountyLucas CountyWarren CountyPolk CountyStory CountyHardin CountyGrundy CountyBlack Hawk CountyBuchanan CountyIAPoweshiek.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 Trinity Lutheran Church, Malcom, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court

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 Poweshiek 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 Poweshiek 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 Poweshiek County, Iowa:

- 10th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
- 28th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies C and H
- 46th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company B
- 10th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
:- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
:- 28th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company C
:- 28th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
:- 46th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company B

Newspapers

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives

NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of digitized Iowa newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at 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 - Poweshiek - 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

The Montezuma Public Library contains only an handful of local history books.  All newspapers and genealogical materials are in the Poweshiek County Historical and Genealogical Society in Montezuma (see website below).

Family History Centers

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records
State Historical Society of Iowa Free list and links to data and "hard copy" material from "poweshiek county" placed in search box
IAGenWeb Project Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
[1] [2][3] FamilySearch Free Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes
FamilySearch Free Iowa, Poweshiek County Land Records, 1855-1934; browse images
FamilySearch Free Iowa, Poweshiek County Probate Records, 1850-1930; browse images
Sites that search for links pertaining to Poweshiek 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 ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS.com Free family history resources and government records
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Poweshiek County, Iowa
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch Catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat 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 Poweshiek 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 Poweshiek County, IA Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Poweshiek County Message Board

References

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

 

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