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

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Winneshiek County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Winneshiek County
Location in the state of Iowa
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Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1847
County Seat Decorah


County Courthouse

Quick Facts

Parent County

1847 Winneshiek County was created 20 February 1847 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Clayton County prior to organization 1 March 1851. County seat:  Decorah [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Allamakee | Chickasaw | Clayton | Fayette | Howard | Fillmore County, Minnesota | Houston County, Minnesota




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.


First Lutheran Church

  • Records of the First Lutheran Church, Winneshiek County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

St. Petri Lutheran Church, Decorah

  • Records of the St. Petri Lutheran Church, Decorah, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Stavanger Lutheran Church, Ossian

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

Winneshiek County

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Winneshiek 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 are available for Winneshiek 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.

History of Winneshiek and Allamakee Counties, Iowa





Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Winneshiek 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 - Winneshiek - 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

Family History Centers

Web Sites


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


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