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*[http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ Old Antique Atlases & Maps of Iowa]
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Guide to Marion County Iowa genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Marion County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Marion County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded August 4, 1845
County Seat Knoxville

County Courthouse


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The county is named after "The Swamp Fox" Revolutionary War Brigadier General Francis Marion (c1732-1795).[1]

Parent County

1845--Marion County was created 4 August 1845 from unorganized territory. County seat: Knoxville [2]

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

Neighboring Counties

Jasper • Lucas • Mahaska • Monroe • Polk • Warren

Marion CountyMahaska CountyMonroe CountyLucas CountyWarren CountyPolk CountyJasper CountyPoweshiek CountyKeokuk CountyWapello CountyDavis CountyAppanoose CountyWayne CountyDecatur CountyClarke CountyMadison CountyDallas CountyBoone CountyStory CountyMarshall CountyTama CountyIAMarion.JPG




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 Resurrection Lutheran Church, Marion 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 Marion 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 Marion 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 Marion County, Iowa Genealogy:

- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
- 8th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 15th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies G and K
- 17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies G and H
- 18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 47th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company A


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 - Marion - 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

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

Family History Centers

Web Sites


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