Emmet County, Iowa Genealogy

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

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Emmet County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Emmet County
Location in the state of Iowa
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Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded January 15, 1851
County Seat Estherville
Address Estherville City Hall
2 North 7th Street
Estherville, Iowa 51334
Phone: 712-362-7771
Fax: 712-362-7773
County Website

County Courthouse

Estherville City Hall
2 North 7th Street
Estherville, Iowa 51334
Phone: 712-362-7771
Fax: 712-362-7773

Emmet County


Parent County

1851--Emmet County was created 15 January 1851 from unorganized territory. It was attaced to Bonne and Webster Counties prior to organization 7 February 1859. County seat:  Estherville [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Clay | Dickinson | Kossuth | Palo Alto | Jackson County, Minnesota | Martin County, Minnesota



Armstrong-- Armstrong Grove
Armstrong--Mount Calvary
Armstrong--St. Mary's Catholic

Dolliver--Lincoln Township


Estherville --East Side
Estherville-- East Side Memorial
Estherville--Estherville Lutheran
Estherville--Oak Hill
Estherville--St. Patrick's Catholic

Gruver--Center Township (Old Swan Lake)
Gruver--Swan Lake

High Lake Township-- High Lake-Jack Creek,

Ringsted--Ringsted Memorial
Ringsted--St. John's Lutheran
Ringsted--St. Paul's Lutheran

Wallingford--Wallingford Lutheran


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.


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.



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

Emmet County

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Emmet County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).



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 Emmet 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.





Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives

NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of digitized Iowa newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at 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 - Emmet - 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

The county library is located in Emmetsburg. It has an on-line searchable newspaper system which is available in the library for research. Contact the library for availability of a user name and password to access the system outside the library.

They have indexed listing for interments in the local cemeteries
Estherville Public Library 613 Central Ave, Estherville, Iowa 51334. www.esthervillepubliclibrary.com

Family History Centers

Web Sites


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