Appanoose County, Iowa

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*[[Schuyler County, Missouri|Schuyler County, Missouri]]
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[ David Rumsey Map Collection] is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures.
[ David Rumsey Map Collection] is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures.

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United States Gotoarrow.png Iowa Gotoarrow.png Appanoose County

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

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Online Records

Appanoose County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Appanoose County
Location in the state of Iowa
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Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded February 17, 1843
County Seat Centerville
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Address Appanoose County Courthouse
201 North 12th Street
Centerville, IA 52544
Appanoose County Website


County Courthouse

Appanoose County Courthouse
201 North 12th Street
Centerville, IA 52544

Parent County

1843--Appanoose County was created 17 February 1843 ;from unorganized territory. The county was attached to Davis and Van Buren Counties prior to organization 3 August 1846. ; County seat: Centerville [1]

Boundary Changes

Online Appanoose County Planning and Zoning Homepage.

See an interactive map of Iowa boundary changes.


Wikipedia has more about this subject: Appanoose County, Iowa
Established in 1843, Appanoose County was named was for a chief of the Sac and the Fox Indian tribes that lead the peace party during the Black Hawk War. Appanoose means "A Chief When a Child." [2] During the first part of the 20th century, mining was a major factor in Appanoose. The county seat for Appanoose is Centerville.

Record Loss


Populated Places


  • Centerville
  • Cincinnati
  • Exline
  • Moravia
  • Moulton
  • Mystic
  • Numa
  • Plano
  • Rathbun
  • Udell
  • Unionville


  • Bellair
  • Caldwell
  • Chariton
  • Douglas
  • Franklin
  • Independence
  • Johns
  • Lincoln
  • Pleasant
  • Sharon
  • Taylor
  • Udell
  • Union
  • Vermillion
  • Walnut
  • Washington
  • Wells

Neighboring Counties

Davis  • Lucas  • Monroe  • Wapello  • Wayne  • Putnam County, Missouri  • Schuyler County, Missouri

Appanoose CountyDavis CountyWapello CountyMonroe CountyLucas CountyWayne CountyDecatur CountyClarke CountyWarren CountyMarion CountyMahaska CountyKeokuk CountyJefferson CountyVan Buren CountySchuyler CountyPutnam CountyMercer CountyGrundy CountySullivan CountyAdair CountyScotland CountyKnox CountyIAAppanoose.JPG




  • Cemeteries of Appanoose County, Iowa [9]
Cemetery Transcriptions


Iowa recorded not only the federal census but state census through out the years too. The state census contains very valuable genealogical information. Where the census information can be found, what years it was taken, mortality schedules, census substitutions and much more is discussed in the very informative Iowa Census article.

Church Records and Histories

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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Camp of Israel

United Methodist Church

  • Iowa Churches: A File at the Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. [12] This file consists of church histories, anniversary programs, and newspaper clippings. It is arranged by towns or by the name of the church.
  • Ministerial Biographies: A File in the Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. [13]These films contain biographies, mainly of Methodist ministers.

Court Records

  • Inventory of County Records - Appanoose County, Iowa. [14]

Probate Records

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 - Appanoose - Probate records.

County Histories

Local histories are available for Appanoose 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.

  • 100th Anniversary: Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, Centerville, Iowa, 1896-1996. [15]
  • A Pictorial History of Appanoose County, Iowa [16]
  • A Pictorial History of Appanoose County, Iowa. [17]
  • A Pictorial History of the Towns of Appanoose County Past and Present [18]
  • A Report on the Rathbun Dam [19]
  • Abandoned Towns of Appanoose County from Abandoned Towns, Villages and Post Office [20]
  • Appanoose County Historical Atlas; Centerville, IA: Appanoose County Sesquicentennial Commission, 1996 [21]
  • Early Pioneer Stories [22]
  • Historical Sketches of Pioneer Days in Appanoose County, Iowa [23]
  • More Shoal Creek Legends. [24]
  • Shoal Creek Legends 3 [25]
  • Names of Old Towns Fading into Haze of Past Memories" [26]
  • Past and Present of Appanoose County, Iowa ~ Volume 1 [27]
  • Past and Present of Appanoose County, Iowa - Volume II [28]
  • Pioneer Roll of Honor [29]
  • Postoffices and Postmasters of Appanoose County, Iowa, 1846 to 1988. [30]
  • Post Offices in Appanoose County, 1865 [31]
  • Rathbun Dam History. [32]
  • Rural School Memories, Appanoose County, Iowa. [33]Information, memories and pictures contributed by many volunteers about the 140 schools in Appanoose County in 1912.
  • Shoal Creek Legends. [34]The three volumes of Shoal Creek Legends were originally newspaper articles published in The Seymour Herald; printed and sold by the Seymour Community Club as fundraising projects. Maurice Stamps grew up around Shoal Creek in Franklin Township, Appanoose County, and served many years as a teacher and administrator in the Seymour Community Schools.
  • The History of Appanoose County, Iowa - 1986 [35]
  • This Day in Iowa History. [36]
  • The History of Appanoose County, Iowa [37]
  • The Place-Names of Appanoose County, Iowa [38]
  • Tour of Iowa Counties: Appanoose County" [39]

Land 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.

Maps and Atlases

David Rumsey Map Collection is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures.


Early migration routes to and from Appanoose County, Iowa for European settlers included:

  • Mormon Trails Across Appanoose County, Iowa. [41]

Military History and Records

Civil War
  • Nine Appanoose Regiments in the Civil War [42]

Regiments. Service men in Appanoose 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 Appanoose County, Iowa:

- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry , Company I
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies D and F
- 7th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 8th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Companies F and H
- 17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 36th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies C, F, G and I
- 47th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company B
World War I
World War II

Museums Archives and Libraries

  • Appanoose County Historical and Coal Mining Museum
    100 West Maple
    Centerville, Iowa 52544
  • Drake Public Library
    115 Drake Avenue, Centerville, Iowa 52544
    See it's collections and resources for local and family history research related to Appanoose County. The Genealogical Society of Appanoose County collection is housed at the Drake Public Library. The genealogy section features family histories, local plat maps, historic phone directories, school yearbooks from area schools, and miscellaneous histories of ghost towns. A microfilm reader is provided at the library to view the microfilm collection which includes: Centerville newspapers 1861-Present, Circuit Court Records, Miscellaneous Church Records, Appanoose County Probate Records, Census Records, Other Iowa Newspapers, Land Records, and Marriage Records.
  • Iowa Genealogical Society Library
    628 East Grand Avenue
    Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1924
    See it's collections and resources for local and family history research related to Appanoose County.
  • Prairie Trails Museum of Wayne County and Historical and Genealogical Library
    515 East Jefferson Street (Route #2)
    Corydon, Iowa 50060
    See it's collections and resources for local and family history research.
  • State Historical Society of Iowa's archives, libraries and museum
    See it's collections and resources for local and family history research related to Appanoose County.
  • The Wabash Depot Museum
    800 West North Street
    Moravia, Iowa
    Obtained from the Norfolk and Southern Railroad in 1976 when the line was discontinued through Moravia, Iowa. Displays include a section car used on the rails in the early 1900s, an operational signal board for signaling train crews before modern radio communications were used, models of trains and railroads that once crossed Appanoose County and Moravia, and artifacts of local history providing a look at how people once lived in Moravia.

Native American

Naturalization Records


  The Newspaper Directory on the Library of Congress' Chronicling America lists 21 newspapers which have been published in Appanoose County, Iowa. The site tells the years in which each newspaper was published, detailed information about each paper, and identifies the major libraries that have holdings of it and which issues each library holds. There were other newspapers (in Mystic and Cincinnati) published in Appanoose County, but no copies of them exist. Also, information on Appanoose County often appeared in newspapers in neighboring counties -- Wayne County, Davis County, Lucas County, Monroe County, Wapello County in Iowa; and Putnam County and Schuyler County in Missouri.

Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives ($) has a large collection of digitized Iowa newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.




  • The History of Coal Mining in Appanoose County, Iowa [45]



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.

Societies and Libraries

Meets in the Iowa Room at the Drake Public Library See list of their publications which are available. Information on coal mines in Appanoose County, this museum is a treasure trove of information. It stores hundreds of books from the old mines. There are also old mortgages and other bank records that can be found here, though they are not organized.

Family History Centers