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Guide to Jones County, Iowa ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Jones County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Jones County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded December 21, 1837
County Seat Anamosa


County Information

Jones County, Iowa Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1880 1840 1880 1840 1841? 1844

County Courthouse


Parent County

1837--Jones County was created 21 December 1837 from Dubuque County. It was attached to Jackson County prior to organization 1 June 1839.  County seat:  Anamosa [2]

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

1875 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. For a list of record loss in Iowa Counties see: Iowa Counties with Burned Courthouses

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Cedar • Clinton • Delaware • Dubuque • Jackson • Linn

Jones CountyJackson CountyClinton CountyScott CountyCedar CountyJohnson CountyLinn CountyDelaware CountyDubuque CountyMuscatine CountyWashington CountyIowa CountyBenton CountyBuchanan CountyFayette CountyClayton CountyJo Daviess CountyCarroll CountyWhiteside CountyHenry CountyRock Island CountyGrant CountyLafayette CountyIAJones.JPG





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.

  • Records of the Zion Lutheran Church, Wyoming, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).



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 Jones County, Iowa Genealogy. 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 Jones County, Iowa Genealogy 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 Jones County, Iowa Genealogy:

- 9th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies B and D
- 14th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
- 14th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
:- 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company G
:- 9th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
:- 9th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D


Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives
  • ($) has historical newspapers online including Cedar Rapids newspapers that may have included Jones County residents. This database is free at some libraries.
  • The Monticello Express. 1865 and 1965. Monticello, IA, USA. Online at: ($)
  • The Wyoming Journal.1871-72. Wyoming, IA, USA. Online at: ($)


Online 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 - Jones - 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 Libraries

Jones County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 174
Anamosa, IA 52205

Jones County Historical Society
13838 Edinburgh Rd
Scotch Grove, IA 52310

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Center] for more information. Search the [ online FHC director for a nearby family history center.


Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to Jones County, Iowa Genealogy
State Historical Society of Iowa Free list and links to data and "hard copy" material - results of "jones county" placed in search box
The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection Free digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions - results of "jones county" in the search box
State Library of Iowa Free electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies - results of "jones county" in the search box
IAGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
[1] [2][3] FamilySearch Free Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes
Sites that search for links pertaining to Jones County, Iowa Genealogy
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 ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($) Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($) Free family history resources and government records
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Jones County, Iowa Genealogy
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 Jones County, Iowa Genealogy
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 Jones County, IA Genealogy Forum Jones County Message Board


  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 225-231. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).


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