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[[Clay County, Iowa|Clay]] | [[Dickinson County, Iowa|Dickinson]] | [[Lyon County, Iowa|Lyon]] | [[O'Brien County, Iowa|O'Brien]] | [[Sioux County, Iowa|Sioux]] | [[Jackson County, Minnesota|Jackson County, Minnesota]] | [[Nobles County, Minnesota|Nobles County, Minnesota]]  
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[[Nobles County, Minnesota|Nobles County, Minnesota]]  
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== Resources  ==
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ Old Antique Atlases & Maps of Iowa]
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Guide to Osceola County Iowa genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Osceola County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Osceola County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded January 15, 1851
County Seat Sibley

County Courthouse


Parent County

1851--Osceola County was created 15 January 1851 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Woodbury County prior to organization 1 January 1872. County seat:  Sibley [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

Neighboring Counties

Clay • Dickinson • Lyon • O'Brien • Sioux • Jackson County, Minnesota • Nobles County, Minnesota

Osceola CountyDickinson CountyClay CountyO'Brien CountySioux CountyLyon CountyEmmet CountyPalo Alto CountyPocahontas CountyBuena Vista CountyCherokee CountyPlymouth CountyUnion CountyClay CountyLincoln CountyMinnehaha CountyLake CountyMoody CountyRock CountyNobles CountyJackson CountyMartin CountyWatonwan CountyCottonwood CountyMurray CountyPipestone CountyIAOsceola.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.



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 Osceola 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 Osceola County, Iowa: From its Organization to the Present Time

by D.A.W. Perkins

Brown and Saenger, 1892





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 - Osceola - 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

United States

Web Sites


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