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[[Adair County, Iowa|Adair]] | [[Clarke County, Iowa|Clarke]] | [[Dallas County, Iowa|Dallas]] | [[Guthrie County, Iowa|Guthrie]] | [[Polk County, Iowa|Polk]] | [[Union County, Iowa|Union]] | [[Warren County, Iowa|Warren]]  
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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-madison-county-iowa-1875-map.html Township Map of 1875 Madison County, Iowa] with enlarged views of each township (My Genealogy Hound)<br>
*[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/iowa-maps/ia-madison-county-iowa-1875-map.html Township Map of 1875 Madison County, Iowa] with enlarged views of each township (My Genealogy Hound)<br>

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

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Online Records

Madison County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Madison County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded January 13, 1846
County Seat Winterset

County Courthouse

112 N John Wayne Dr. Winterset, Iowa 50273


Parent County

1846--Madison County was created 13 January 1846 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Mahaska County prior to organization 19 February 1849.  County seat:  Winterset [1]

For an early history of the county go to the following link:


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

1875 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. For a list of record loss in Iowa Counties see: Iowa Counties with Burned Courthouses

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Adair • Clarke • Dallas • Guthrie • Polk • Union • Warren

Madison CountyWarren CountyClarke CountyUnion CountyAdair CountyGuthrie CountyDallas CountyPolk CountyJasper CountyMarion CountyLucas CountyWayne CountyDecatur CountyRinggold CountyTaylor CountyAdams CountyCass CountyAudubon CountyCarroll CountyGreene CountyBoone CountyStory CountyIAMadison.JPG



iagenweb.org/madison/cemetery_records/cemetery_index.html (U.S. GenWeb)


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 Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison County, Iowa Genealogy:

- 4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 10th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
- 47th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company E


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


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 - Madison - Probate records.

iagenweb.org/madison/probate_records/probate_index.html (U.S. GenWeb)


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.


[1] (Information on birth records, U.S. GenWeb)

iagenweb.org/madison/birth_records/birth_rec_idx.html (Birth Index, U.S. GenWeb)


iagenweb.org/madison/birth_records/birth_rec_idx.html (Marriage Index, U.S. GenWeb)


iagenweb.org/madison/death_records/death_rec_index.html (Death Index, U.S. GenWeb)

Societies and Libraries

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

Family History Centers

United States

Web Sites


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