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[[Boone County, Iowa|Boone]] | [[Dallas County, Iowa|Dallas]] | [[Jasper County, Iowa|Jasper]] | [[Madison County, Iowa|Madison]] | [[Marion County, Iowa|Marion]] | [[Story County, Iowa|Story]] | [[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]
*'''View historic Polk County, Iowa maps''' in the [http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/what/State_Atlas/where/Polk+County++Iowa+/ David Rumsey Map Collection].  
*'''View historic Polk County, Iowa maps''' in the [http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/what/State_Atlas/where/Polk+County++Iowa+/ David Rumsey Map Collection].  

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

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Online Records

Polk County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Polk 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 Des Moines

County Courthouse


Parent County

1846--Polk County was created 13 January 1846 from unorganized territory. County seat:  Des Moines

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

Boone • Dallas • Jasper • Madison • Marion • Story • Warren

Polk CountyJasper CountyMarion CountyWarren CountyMadison CountyDallas CountyBoone CountyStory CountyMarshall CountyTama CountyPoweshiek CountyMahaska CountyMonroe CountyLucas CountyClarke CountyUnion CountyAdair CountyGuthrie CountyGreene CountyWebster CountyHamilton CountyHardin CountyGrundy CountyIAPolk.JPG



  1. I have photos of all headstones in the Oralabor Cemetery in Ankeny, Polk County, Iowa as of 2008.  If you need one looked up please e-mail me at:E-Mail Me  Please provide a surname, christian name and DOD if you have it.


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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Des Moines



Fold3.com ($) has Des Moines City Directories 1881-1913 (2 yrs. missing) and miscellaneous years going back to 1866 available online.


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 Polk 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 Polk County, Iowa: A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, etc.

Union Historical Company, 1880




Civil War

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

- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company D
- 4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 10th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies A and K
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 15th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
- 16th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies B and K
- 18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
- 23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies A, B, C and E
- 47th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company F

Naturalization and Citizenship

  • Iowa. District Court (Polk County). Naturalization Records, 1907–1927. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1977. FHL films 1015201–17 item 2.
  • Iowa. District Court. (Polk County). Index to Naturalization, 1852–1884. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1977. FHL film 1015217 item 1.


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



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

  • Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites