Decatur County, Iowa Genealogy

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

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Online Records

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


County Courthouse

Decatur County Courthouse
207 Main Street
Leon, IA 50144-1647

(515) 446-4331


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The county is named after U.S. naval officer Stephen Decatur (1779-1820).[1]

Parent County

1846--Decatur County was created 13 January 1846 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Davis County prior to organization 6 March 1850. 
County seat:  Leon [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Iowa boundary changes.

Record Loss

March 31, 1874 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Clarke | Lucas | Ringgold | Union | Wayne | Harrison County, Missouri | Mercer County, Missouri




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.


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Garden Grove



Local Histories 



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



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.


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 - Decatur - Probate records.


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

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. "List of counties in Tennessee", 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 (accessed 18 July 2011).