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

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Story County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Story County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded January 13, 1846
County Seat Nevada


County Courthouses


Parent County

1846--Story County was created 13 January 1846 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Boone, Polk, and Linn Counties prior to organization 1June 1853. County seat: Nevada [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

January 1, 1864 -- 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

Boone | Hamilton | Hardin | Jasper | Marshall | Polk




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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Ames


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


  • Records of the Bethania (Bethany) Lutheran Church, Kelley, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).


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


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


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

Story City

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Story City, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Story County

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Story County, 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 Story 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 Story 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 Story County, Iowa:

- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A


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


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 - Story - 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

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

Family History Centers