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==== '''Neighboring Counties'''  ====
==== '''Neighboring Counties'''  ====
[[Benton County, Iowa|Benton]] | [[Buchanan County, Iowa|Buchanan]] | [[Cedar County, Iowa|Cedar]] | [[Delaware County, Iowa|Delaware]] | [[Iowa County, Iowa|Iowa]] | [[Johnson County, Iowa|Johnson]] | [[Jones County, Iowa|Jones]]  
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[[Jones County, Iowa|Jones]]  
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== Resources  ==
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ Old Antique Atlases & Maps of Iowa]
*[http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ Old Antique Atlases & Maps of Iowa]
*[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/iowa-maps/ia-linn-county-iowa-1875-map.html Township Map of 1875 Linn County, Iowa] with enlarged views of each township (My Genealogy Hound)<br>
*[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/iowa-maps/ia-linn-county-iowa-1875-map.html Township Map of 1875 Linn County, Iowa] with enlarged views of each township (My Genealogy Hound)<br>

Revision as of 14:49, 22 April 2014

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Online Records

Linn County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Linn County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded December 21, 1837
County Seat Cedar Rapids

County Courthouse


Parent County

1837--Linn County was created 21 December 1837 from Dubuque County . It was attached to Jackson County prior to organization 1 June 1839.  County seat:  Cedar Rapids [1]

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

For a list of record loss in Iowa Counties see: Iowa Counties with Burned Courthouses


Populated Places 

1862: Stoney Point, Linn County.  Stoney Point was the local name given to an area between the towns of Cedar Rapids and Palo in the 1860s, near Covington. In 2010 there is a Stoney Point road on the northwest side of Cedar Rapids which intersects with State Highway 94. Names associated with this area in correspondence in 1862-1865 included: James Burt, Royalton Fifield, Mr. Kelsey, James Little, Thomas Parker, Furney Phelps, Levy Proutey, Charles Ribble, Henra Ribble, John T. Ribble, Mr. Sanborn, Homer Stedman, Charley Stedman, Comboy Stedman, Henra Usher, John Henry Willis.

The Stony Point school house (still standing in 1981) was located on the road before coming to Covington. The Usher family owned property in the Stoney Point area. They buried their family and friends on their property which eventually became Spring Grove cemetery.  Few of those buried there during the Civil War had stones erected.

Neighboring Counties

Benton • Buchanan • Cedar • Delaware • Iowa • Johnson • Jones

Linn CountyJones CountyCedar CountyJohnson CountyIowa CountyBenton CountyBuchanan CountyDelaware CountyDubuque CountyJackson CountyClinton CountyScott CountyMuscatine CountyWashington CountyKeokuk CountyPoweshiek CountyTama CountyBlack Hawk CountyBremer CountyFayette CountyClayton CountyGrant CountyRock Island CountyIALinn.JPG



Iowa GenWeb has an excellent source for cemeteries, many are already transcribed with photos.

Individual cemeteries:


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.



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 Linn 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.



Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Linn 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 Linn County, Iowa Genealogy:

- 1st Regiment, Iowa Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company K
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Companies H and K
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
- 9th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 11th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 12th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies D and H
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies A and F
- 16th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
- 18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
- 24th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies F, G and H


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

Also see NewspaperArchive.com ($) for additional Cedar Rapids newspapers that may not be included in the Cedar Rapids Public Library database. 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 - Linn - 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 Libaries

See also a List of Iowa Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Family History Centers

Web Sites


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