Bremer County, Iowa Genealogy

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

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Bremer County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Bremer County
Location in the state of Iowa
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Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded January 15, 1851
County Seat Waverly
Address Bremer County Courthouse
415 E. Bremer Avenue
Waverly, IA 50677
Phone: (319) 352-5661
Bremer County Website

County Courthouse

Bremer County Courthouse
415 E. Bremer Avenue
Waverly, IA 50677

(319) 352-5661

Bremer County


Parent County

1851--Bremer County was created 15 January 1851 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Buchanan County prior to organization 15 August 1853.  County seat:  Waverly [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

For a list of cities and townships go to or

Neighboring Counties

Black Hawk | Buchanan | Butler | Chickasaw | Fayette | Floyd




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.




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

St. John's Lutheran Church, Plainfield

  • Records of the St. John's Lutheran Church, Plainfield, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Waverly

  • Records of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Waverly, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).



Local Histories 




Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives
  • ($) has historical newspapers online including Waterloo newspapers that may have included Bremer County residents. This database is free at some libraries.


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 - Bremer - Probate records.


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

  • The Internet site, Genealogy Projects and Links, Bremer County, Iowa has Waverly Newspaper German Obituaries, burials of German immigrants in Bremer County, Bremer County 1875 Atlas Township Maps, the contents of some local church records and a list of Bremer County Iowa men registered for World War II draft.


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