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Online Records

Louisa County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Louisa County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded December 7, 1836
County Seat Wapello

County Courthouse


Parent County

1836--Louisa County was created 7 December 1836 from Des Moines County. County seat:  Wapello [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Des Moines | Henry | Johnson | Muscatine | Washington | Henderson County, Illinois | Mercer County, Illinois | Rock Island County, Illinois




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 Louisa 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.

  • History of Louisa County Iowa: From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912 Vol. 1

by Arthur Springer

S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914




==== Newspapers ==== Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Louisa County, Iowa Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has historical newspapers online including Burlington newspapers dating back to the 1840's that may have included Louisa 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 - Louisa - 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

Family History Centers

Web Sites


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