Iowa Court Records

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Iowa court records have been kept since 1827. The names of many Iowa residents are listed in civil court records, where information exists about property disputes, divorce, estate settlements and other disputes. These courts also handled criminal matters. Court order books and case files may list a person's age, residence, occupation, and family relationships. Sometimes friends and neighbors gave depositions as witnesses of events that occurred.

Major Iowa Courts

Major Iowa courts that kept records of genealogical value were:

You can also obtain copies of court records by contacting the appropriate clerk’s office. To learn more about courts and their records, study one of the Historical Records Survey county courthouse inventories, such as:

Family History Library

Court records can be found by using the Place Search on Family History Library under:


Sources and Footnotes

  1. William John. Iowa History Reference Guide. Iowa City, Iowa: State Historical Society of Iowa, 1952. FHL book 977.7 A3p
  2. Inventory of the County Archives of Iowa, No. 18, Cherokee County (Cherokee). Des Moines, Iowa: Historical Records Survey, 1939. book 977.717 A3h; film 897358 item 2.
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