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

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


County Courthouse


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The county is named after Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (1745-1796).[1]

Parent County

1846--Wayne County was created 13 January 1846 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Davis County prior to organization 27 January 1851. County seat:  Corydon [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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Iowa Counties see: Iowa Counties with Burned Courthouses


Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Appanoose • Clarke • Decatur • Lucas • Monroe • Mercer County, Missouri • Putnam County, Missouri

Wayne CountyDecatur CountyClarke CountyLucas CountyMonroe CountyAppanoose CountyRinggold CountyUnion CountyMadison CountyWarren CountyMarion CountyMahaska CountyWapello CountyDavis CountyHarrison CountyMercer CountyPutnam CountySullivan CountyAdair CountySchuyler CountyIAWayne.JPG




Pioneer cemeteries being restored, 2014.


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

  • Bethlehem



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 Wayne 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.

Biographical and Historical Record of Wayne and Appanoose Counties, Iowa 
  • Biographical and historical record of Wayne and Appanoose counties, Iowa : containing a condensed history of the state of Iowa, portraits and biographies of the governors, personal histories of many of the leading families. Chicago, Illinois : Inter-State, 1886. Online at: FamilySearch Books Online, Internet Archive, HathiTrust.



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


Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Wayne 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 Wayne County, Iowa Genealogy:

- 4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
- 23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 46th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company H
- 23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
:- 46th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company H
:- 4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Wayne County, Iowa Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


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 - Wayne - Probate records.


A large collection of school records are held by the Prairie Trails Museum, Wayne County Historical Society, Haighway 2 East, Post Office Box 104, Corydon 50060-0104; http://www.prairietrailsmuseum.org


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

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 Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites


  1. "Anthony Wayne," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/mopi/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).


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