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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Iowa]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Adams County'''  
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Guide to '''Adams County, Iowa ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>  
 
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{{Click|Image:IA_ORP.png|Iowa Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County  
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{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
 
| county = Adams County  
 
| county = Adams County  
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| state = Iowa
 
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| founded year = 1851
 
| founded year = 1851
 
| founded date = January 15
 
| founded date = January 15
| seat = Corning
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| seat = [http://www.cityofcorningia.com/ Corning]
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| building address = Adams County Courthouse<br>500 9th St.<br>Corning, IA 50841<br> Phone: (515) 322-4711 <br>[http://www.adamscountyia.com/ '''Adams County Website'''] }}  
 
| building address = Adams County Courthouse<br>500 9th St.<br>Corning, IA 50841<br> Phone: (515) 322-4711 <br>[http://www.adamscountyia.com/ '''Adams County Website'''] }}  
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Adams County, Iowa Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 225-231. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Adams County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Adams County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Adams County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Adams County, Iowa Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Adams County, Iowa Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Adams County, Iowa Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1885
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1840
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
Adams County Courthouse<br>500 9th St.<br>Corning, IA 50841<br>  
 
Adams County Courthouse<br>500 9th St.<br>Corning, IA 50841<br>  
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[http://www.adamscountyia.com/ Adams County]  
 
[http://www.adamscountyia.com/ Adams County]  
  
== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1851--'''Adams County was created 15 January 1851&nbsp;[[Pottawattamie County, Iowa|Pottawattamie ]]County.&nbsp;The county was organized 7 March 1853.&nbsp;&nbsp;'''County seat:''' Corning <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1851''' - Adams County was created 15 January 1851 from [[Pottawattamie County, Iowa Genealogy|Pottawattamie ]]County. The county was organized 7 March 1853.<br>  '''County seat''': [http://www.cityofcorningia.com/ Corning] <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Iowa County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ "Rotating Formation Iowa County Boundary Maps"] (1816-1872) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''February 1, 1888''' -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.  
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'''1888''' - Courthouse burned on February 1, 1888 and some early records were destroyed.  
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{{Fire+}}
  
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
*[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research in FamilySearch Wiki]]
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''  
*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Michael John Neill, ''Burned Counties'' in Family History Circle]
 
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Adams, Corning|place|disp=Corning}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Adams, Prescott|place|disp=Prescott}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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This list of cities and townships came from [http://iowa.hometownlocator.com/ia/adams/ hometownlocator.com] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Iowa#Cities wikipedia.org.] <br>
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This list of cities and townships came from [http://iowa.hometownlocator.com/ia/adams/ hometownlocator.com] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Iowa#Cities wikipedia.org.]  
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Adair County, Iowa|Adair]] | [[Cass County, Iowa|Cass]] | [[Montgomery County, Iowa|Montgomery]] | [[Page County, Iowa|Page]] | [[Ringgold County, Iowa|Ringgold]] | [[Taylor County, Iowa|Taylor]] | [[Union County, Iowa|Union]]  
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[[Adair County, Iowa Genealogy|Adair]]{{•}} [[Cass County, Iowa Genealogy|Cass]]{{•}} [[Montgomery County, Iowa Genealogy|Montgomery]]{{•}} [[Page County, Iowa Genealogy|Page]]{{•}} [[Ringgold County, Iowa Genealogy|Ringgold]]{{•}} [[Taylor County, Iowa Genealogy|Taylor]]{{•}} [[Union County, Iowa Genealogy|Union]]  
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<center>{{IAAdams County, Iowa Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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=== Resources  ===
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==== Biographies  ====
  
== Resources  ==
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iabiog/adams/adams.html Rootsweb Iowa Biographics Project] Click title to see alphabetical list, some with links
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=14&GScnty=548&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|378687|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=14&CScnty=548 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iagenweb.org/adams/cemeteries/index.htm IAGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Adams+Iowa&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Iowa&county=Adams&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ia/adams/adams.htm IAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iowagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?cid=2 Iowa Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/iowa/adams.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iowagravestones.org/search.php?search=custom&new_cid=2&cfield=last&ctype=1&ctxt= Iowa gravestones Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Iowa Cemeteries|Iowa Cemeteries]] for more information.
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*Mount Etna Cemetery  
 
*Mount Etna Cemetery  
*[[Mount Pleasant Cemetery (Adams County, Iowa)|Mount Pleasant Cemetery]]
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*Mount Pleasant Cemetery
 
*Mount Zion Cemetery  
 
*Mount Zion Cemetery  
 
*Nodaway Cemetery  
 
*Nodaway Cemetery  
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Lists of the cemeteries in Adams County can be found at [http://incolor.inetnebr.com/rgcox/adamcem.htm IaGenWeb Adams County Cemeteries]
 
  
 
Transcriptions of these cemeteries can be found at:  
 
Transcriptions of these cemeteries can be found at:  
  
:*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=548 Findagrave.com]
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:*[http://www.savinggraves-us.org/ia/index.htm Saving graves]
:*[http://iowagravestones.org/search.php?search=custom&new_cid=2&cfield=last&ctype=1&ctxt= Iowa gravestone project]
 
:*[http://www.savinggraves-us.org/ia/index.htm Saving graves]
 
:*[http://usgwtombstones.org/iowa/adams.html The Tombstone Transcription Project]
 
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== 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.  
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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.
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'''''State Census'''''
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*'''1895''' - {{RecordSearch|1803957|Iowa State Census, 1895}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1905''' - {{RecordSearch|2126961|Iowa State Census, 1905}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1915''' - {{RecordSearch|2240483|Iowa State Census, 1915}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1925''' - {{RecordSearch|2224537|Iowa State Census, 1925}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{IA Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{IA Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{IA History}}
  
 
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iabiog/montgomery/hma1892/hma1892.htm Biographical History of Montgomery and Adams Counties, Iowa]  
 
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iabiog/montgomery/hma1892/hma1892.htm Biographical History of Montgomery and Adams Counties, Iowa]  
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*''A Brief history of Corning and Adams County, Iowa, on the occasion of observing Corning's first 100 years&nbsp;: 1857-1957 Corning Iowa centurama''. Corning, Iowa&nbsp;: Free Press Publishing Co., 1957.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE4568698 FamilySearch] (Free)
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*Adams County History Book Committee (Corning, Iowa). ''History of Adams County, Iowa''. Corning, Iowa&nbsp;: Corning Departmental Club and Civic Department, c1984.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE1990725 FamilySearch] (Free)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/Adams+County++Iowa+/ David Rumsey Map Collection] is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures.  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; Maps of Iowa]
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*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/Adams+County++Iowa+/ David Rumsey Map Collection] is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*'''1861 - 1949''' - {{RecordSearch|2351982|Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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===== Civil War  =====
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company H
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:- [[29th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|29th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company D
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{wikipedia|List of online newspaper archives|List of online newspaper archives}}  
 
{{wikipedia|List of online newspaper archives|List of online newspaper archives}}  
  
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*'''1890-2000''' - [http://archive.is/adamscountyia.newspaperarchive.com Adams County Newspaper Archives] (1890-2000)
  
*[http://adamscountyia.newspaperarchive.com/ Adams County Newspaper Archives] (1890-2000)
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*'''''Adams County Free Press.''''' Corning, Iowa, United States Of America. Database created from microfilm copies of the newspaper. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=52412 Ancestry.com] ($)
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1758-1997''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9064 Iowa Wills and Probate Records 1758-1997] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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{{IA Probate Intro|Adams}}
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{IA Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{IA Vital Intro}}
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=====Births=====
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*'''1850-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|2527591|Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1880-1935''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1821206 Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935] at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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=====Marriages=====
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*'''1838-1934''' - {{RecordSearch|1805551|Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=====Deaths=====
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*'''1850-1990''' - {{RecordSearch|1674841|Iowa, Deaths and Burials 1850-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] - index
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*'''1880-1992''' - {{RecordSearch|2110820|Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1921-1940''' - {{RecordSearch|2531337|Iowa, Death Records, 1921-1940}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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'''[http://iaadams.com/ Adams County Genealogical Society]'''<br>% Public Library<br>603 9th Street<br>Corning IA 50841-1034<br>  
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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==== Family History Centers ====
  
== Websites  ==
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
*{{FHL|Iowa%2C+Adams|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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==== Websites  ====
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IA/Adams/ Adams County, Iowa Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
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| width="30%" | [https://iowaculture.gov/history/research State Historical Society of Iowa]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | list and links to data and "hard copy" material - results of "adams county" placed in search box
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| width="30%" | [http://www.iowaheritage.org/items/browse?search=adams+county&submit_search=Search+All The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural insitutions - results of "adams county" in the search box
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| width="30%" | [http://publications.iowa.gov/cgi/search/simple?q=adams+county&_action_search=Search&_order=-byyear%2Fbytitle&basic_srchtype=ALL&_satisfyall=ALL State Library of Iowa]
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| width="20%" | Free
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| width="60%" | electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies - results of "adams county" in the search box
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| width="30%" | [http://iagenweb.org/adams/ IAGenWeb Project]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ia/adams/adams.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1821206 Birth,] [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2110820 Death,] and [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1805551 Marriage records] on FamilySearch 
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/IA/Adams/ RootsWeb Resources]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IA/Adams/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ia/counties/adams/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.stateofus.com/iowa/adams-county/ Genealogy Inc.]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | family history resources and government records
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#FFFF66" colspan="2" | <center>'''Major catalogs for ''hard copy'' collections of {{PAGENAME}}''' <br>Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records</center>
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Iowa, Adams|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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| width="70%" | Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=adams+county+iowa&dblist=638&fq=s0%3A28000000&qt=facet_s0%3A WorldCat]
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| width="70%" | To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
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| width="30%" | [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=adams+county%2C+iowa&image.x=7&image.y=5 Allen County Public Library]
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| located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
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| width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>'''See also''' [[{{PAGENAME}}#Societies_and_Libraries|local libraries]] and [[Iowa Archives and Libraries]]</center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#FAEBD7" colspan="3" | <center>'''Social networking sites pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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| width="30%" | [http://geneabloggers.com/genealogy-blogs/ GeneaBloggers]
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| width="70%" | enter "Iowa" in search box to see list and links to Iowa blogs
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| width="30%" | [https://plus.google.com/s/iowa%20genealogy Google+]
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| width="70%" | list of groups from "iowa genealogy" search
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| width="30" | [https://www.facebook.com/search/more/?q=iowa%20genealogy&sid=0.10269487418482515 Facebook]
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| width="70%" | list of groups from "Iowa Genealogy" search
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogy.com/forum/regional/states/topics/ia/ genealogy.com]
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| width="70%" | Adams County, IA Genealogy Forum
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| width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.iowa.counties.adams/mb.ashx ancestry.com]  
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| width="70%" | Adams County Message Board
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== References  ==
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Latest revision as of 15:56, 5 April 2017

United States
Iowa
Adams County

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

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Adams County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Adams County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 15, 1851
County Seat Corning
Courthouse
IowaAdamsCourthouse.jpg
Address Adams County Courthouse
500 9th St.
Corning, IA 50841
Phone: (515) 322-4711
Adams County Website


County Information

Adams County, Iowa Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1880 1885 1880 1840 1853 1868

County Courthouse

Adams County Courthouse
500 9th St.
Corning, IA 50841

(515) 322-4711

Adams County

History

Parent County

1851 - Adams County was created 15 January 1851 from Pottawattamie County. The county was organized 7 March 1853.
County seat: Corning [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Iowa County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Iowa County Boundary Maps" (1816-1872) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

1888 - Courthouse burned on February 1, 1888 and some early records were destroyed.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Cities
  • Carbon
  • Corning
  • Lenox
  • Nodaway
  • Prescott
Townships
  • Carl
  • Colony
  • Douglas
  • Grant
  • Jasper
  • Lincoln Center
  • Mercer
  • Nodaway
  • Prescott
  • Quincy
  • Union
  • Washington
Communities
  • Brooks
  • Carbon
  • Corning
  • Dickieville
  • Iveyville
  • Lincoln Center
  • Mount Etna
  • Nevinville
  • Strand
  • Stringtown
  • Williamson

This list of cities and townships came from hometownlocator.com and wikipedia.org.

Neighboring Counties

Adair • Cass • Montgomery • Page • Ringgold • Taylor • Union

Adams CountyUnion CountyRinggold CountyTaylor CountyPage CountyMontgomery CountyCass CountyAdair CountyMadison CountyClarke CountyDecatur CountyFremont CountyMills CountyPottawattamie CountyShelby CountyAudubon CountyGuthrie CountyDallas CountyHarrison CountyWorth CountyNodaway CountyAtchison CountyGentry CountyIAAdams.JPG

Resources

Biographies

Rootsweb Iowa Biographics Project Click title to see alphabetical list, some with links

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
IAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
IAGenWeb Archives Iowa Gravestones
Tombstone Project
Iowa gravestones Project
Billion Graves
See Iowa Cemeteries for more information.
  • Baldwin Cemetery
  • Bohemian National Cemetery
  • Brooks Cemetery
  • Calvary Cemetery
  • Carl Cemetery
  • Evergreen Cemetery
  • Forest Hill Cemetery
  • Homan Cemetery
  • Icarian Cemetery
  • Lincoln Center Cemetery
  • Methodist Grove Cemetery
  • Mount Etna Cemetery
  • Mount Pleasant Cemetery
  • Mount Zion Cemetery
  • Nodaway Cemetery
  • Oak Hill Cemetery
  • Oakland Cemetery
  • Old Brooks Cemetery
  • Old Evergreen Cemetery
  • Old Mount Etna Cemetery
  • Old Queen City Cemetery
  • Prairie Rose Cemetery
  • Queen City Cemetery
  • Quincy Cemetery
  • Rose Hill Cemetery
  • Salem Cemetery
  • Strand Cemetery
  • Stringtown Cemetery
  • Summit Cemetery
  • Thompson Cemetery
  • Walnut Grove Cemetery

Transcriptions of these cemeteries can be found at:

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.

State Census

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 Adams 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.


Biographical History of Montgomery and Adams Counties, Iowa

  • A Brief history of Corning and Adams County, Iowa, on the occasion of observing Corning's first 100 years : 1857-1957 Corning Iowa centurama. Corning, Iowa : Free Press Publishing Co., 1957.
  • Adams County History Book Committee (Corning, Iowa). History of Adams County, Iowa. Corning, Iowa : Corning Departmental Club and Civic Department, c1984.

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Adams County, Iowa Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Adams County, Iowa Genealogy:

- 4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
- 29th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D

Newspapers

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives
  • Adams County Free Press. Corning, Iowa, United States Of America. Database created from microfilm copies of the newspaper. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

Probate

Online Probate Records

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 - Adams - Probate records.


Taxation

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.

Births
Marriages
Deaths

Societies and Libraries

Adams County Genealogical Society
% Public Library
603 9th Street
Corning IA 50841-1034

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to Adams County, Iowa Genealogy
State Historical Society of Iowa Free list and links to data and "hard copy" material - results of "adams county" placed in search box
The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection Free digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural insitutions - results of "adams county" in the search box
State Library of Iowa Free electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies - results of "adams county" in the search box
IAGenWeb Project Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Birth, Death, and Marriage records on FamilySearch Free Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes
Sites that search for links pertaining to Adams County, Iowa Genealogy
RootsWeb Resources Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Genealogy Inc. Free family history resources and government records
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Adams County, Iowa Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch Catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
See also local libraries and Iowa Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Adams County, Iowa Genealogy
GeneaBloggers enter "Iowa" in search box to see list and links to Iowa blogs
Google+ list of groups from "iowa genealogy" search
Facebook list of groups from "Iowa Genealogy" search
genealogy.com Adams County, IA Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Adams County Message Board

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 225-231. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).