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

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Madison County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Madison County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 13, 1846
County Seat Winterset
Courthouse

Contents

County Courthouse

112 N John Wayne Dr. Winterset, Iowa 50273

History

Parent County

1846--Madison County was created 13 January 1846 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Mahaska County prior to organization 19 February 1849.  County seat:  Winterset [1]

For an early history of the county go to the following link:

http://iagenweb.org/madison/county_history/county_history_first.html

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1875 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Adair | Clarke | Dallas | Guthrie | Polk | Union | Warren

Resources

Cemeteries

iagenweb.org/madison/cemetery_records/cemetery_index.html (U.S. GenWeb)

Church

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.

Court

Land

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 Madison 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.

Maps

Military

Newspapers

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

Probate

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 - Madison - Probate records.

iagenweb.org/madison/probate_records/probate_index.html (U.S. GenWeb)

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..

Births:

[1] (Information on birth records, U.S. GenWeb)

iagenweb.org/madison/birth_records/birth_rec_idx.html (Birth Index, U.S. GenWeb)


Marriages:

iagenweb.org/madison/birth_records/birth_rec_idx.html (Marriage Index, U.S. GenWeb)


Death:

iagenweb.org/madison/death_records/death_rec_index.html (Death Index, U.S. GenWeb)

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

 

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