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

Iowa Information

Iowa became the twenty-ninth state admitted to the United States on December 28, 1846. Iowa was created form Iowa Territory and is located in the Midwestern region of the United States.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with Iowa Research

Links to articles on getting started with Iowa research.

Iowa Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Iowa research.

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Iowa Clickable Map

Many genealogy records are kept on the county level in the United States. Click on a county below to go to the county Wiki article listing more information.

Lyon CountyOsceola CountyDickinson CountyEmmet CountyKossuth CountyWinnebago CountyWorth CountyMitchell CountyHoward CountyWinneshiek CountyAllamakee CountySioux CountyO'Brien CountyClay CountyPalo Alto CountyHancock CountyCerro Gordo CountyFloyd CountyChickasaw CountyFayette CountyClayton CountyPlymouth CountyCherokee CountyBuena Vista CountyPocahontas CountyHumboldt CountyWright CountyFranklin CountyButler CountyBremer CountyWoodbury CountyIda CountySac CountyCalhoun CountyWebster CountyHamilton CountyHardin CountyGrundy CountyBlack Hawk CountyBuchanan CountyDelaware CountyDubuque CountyMonona CountyCrawford CountyCarroll CountyGreene CountyBoone CountyStory CountyMarshall CountyTama CountyBenton CountyLinn CountyJones CountyJackson CountyClinton CountyScott CountyHarrison CountyShelby CountyAudubon CountyGuthrie CountyDallas CountyPolk CountyJasper CountyPoweshiek CountyIowa CountyJohnson CountyCedar CountyPottawattamie CountyCass CountyAdair CountyMadison CountyWarren CountyMarion CountyMahaska CountyKeokuk CountyWashington CountyMuscatine CountyLouisa CountyMills CountyMontgomery CountyAdams CountyUnion CountyClarke CountyLucas CountyMonroe CountyWapello CountyJefferson CountyHenry CountyDes Moines CountyFremont CountyPage CountyTaylor CountyRinggold CountyDecatur CountyWayne CountyAppanoose CountyDavis CountyVan Buren CountyLee CountyIowa-county-map.gif


Extinct or Renamed Counties: Bancroft | Buncombe see Lyon County | Cook see Des Moines County | Crocker see Kossuth County | Fox see Calhoun County | Kishkekosh see Monroe County | Risley see Hamilton County | Slaughter see Washington County | Wahkaw see Woodbury County | Yell see Webster County

Iowa Migration Routes

Iowa's rivers provided transportation routes bringing European traders, trappers and explorers like the Frenchmen, Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet in 1673. Prior to this exploration the land was occupied by the Fox, Ioway, Potawatomi, Oto, Missouri, Sauk, and Sioux Native Americans. The Louisiana Purchase gave the U.S. control of Iowa in 1803. The Black Hawk Purchase in 1833 brought the first official American village. Iowa was populated with settlers pioneering in from Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. When Iowa became a State in 1846, its capital was Iowa City. Iowa’s current borders were drawn in 1857 when Des Moines in Polk county became home of the new State Capital.

FamilySearch Resources

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Additional Resources


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Iowa" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 15 March 2016).