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County Courthouse 

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

(515) 446-4331

History

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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:

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

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

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

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

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Garden Grove

Court

Land

Local Histories 

Maps

Migration

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

Military

Newspapers

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

NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of digitized Iowa newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  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 http://www.nps.gov/mopi/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).

 

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