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  • Jackson County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 22, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Iowa Territory, 04-Jul-1838.
    Established:  xx-xxx-xxxx
    County Seat:  Bellevue [1838] - spelled on early records as "Belleview" or "Bellview", then Andrew [1861] and finally, Maquoketa, Iowa [1873]

    County history - Jackson County is named in honor of Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), hero of the Battle of New Orleans (1815) and seventh President of the United States (1829-1837).
             The present Jackson County Courthouse was finally constructed in 1958-59 and is located at the same site as the previous courthouse, which was torn down before the new building was constructed.


    Jackson Courthouse
    1. Jackson County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Jackson County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Jackson County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Jackson County Historical Society / Maquoketa, IA)
    4. Jackson County - US/IAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Jackson County - US/IAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Jackson County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Jackson County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - Jackson County Clerk, 201 W. Platt St., Maquoketa, IA 52060-2243.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.


      Census Information:
    9. 1850 Census (T) - 8 files (at the time of this listed update)


  • Jasper County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 8, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Mahaska County.
    Established:  13-Jan-1846
    County Seat:  Newton, Iowa

    County history - Jasper County is named in honor of William Jasper (c. 1750 - October 9, 1779), a noted American soldier in the Revolutionary War. He was a sergeant in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment.

    Jasper Courthouse
    GHLL Jasper County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Jasper County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Jasper County Genealogical Society / Newton, IA)
    6. US/IAGenWeb site - Jasper County Archives
    7. US/IAGenWeb - Jasper County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Jasper County Clerk, P.O. Box 666, Newton, IA 50208-0666.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Marshall County (north), Poweshiek County (east), Mahaska County
             (southeast), Marion County (south), Polk County (west), Story County
             (northwest).

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    Census Information:
        1850 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Jasper County, District 16 (Index: 1 page / Text: 2 pages).

    Please report errors or information that needs to be added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Jefferson County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  May 24, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized Native American Tribal lands.
    Established:  21-Jan-1839
    County Seat:  Fairfield, Iowa

    County history - Jefferson County is named in honor of Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 - July 4, 1826), the third President of the United States (1801 1809), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and for his promotion of the ideals of republicanism in the United States one of the most influential Founding Fathers.

    Jefferson Courthouse
    1. Jefferson County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Jefferson County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Jefferson County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Jefferson County Genealogical Society / Fairfield, IA)
    4. Jefferson County - US/IAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Jefferson County - US/IAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Jefferson County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Jefferson County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - Jefferson County Clerk-Recorder's Office, P.O. Box 984, Fairfield, IA 52556-0984.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.


  • Johnson County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 22, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Des Moines County, Iowa and Wisconsin Territory.
    Established:  21-Dec-1837
    County Seat:  Iowa City, Iowa

    County history - Johnson County is named in honor of Richard Mentor Johnson (1780 1850), Vice President of the United States 1837-1841.

    Johnson Courthouse
    1. Johnson County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Johnson County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Johnson County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Johnson County Historical Society / Coralville, IA)
    4. Johnson County - US/IAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Johnson County - US/IAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Johnson County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Johnson County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - Johnson County Recorders Office, 913 S Dubuque St., PO Box 1350, Iowa City, IA 52244-1350.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.

    9. Johnson County - Constitution and Records of the Claim Association (1894) by Benjamin F. Shambaugh
    10. Johnson County - Iowa City, from "Dead Fred", and the "Hawkeye", University of Iowa yearbook (many photos)


  • Keokuk County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 22, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Washington County, 1837
    Established:  17-Feb-1843
    County Seat:  Sigourney, Iowa

    County history - Keokuk County is named in honor of The eponymous Chief Keokuk, who's name means "Watchful Fox" or "He Who Has Been Everywhere". Chief Keokuk advocated peace with the white settlers..
             Chief Black Hawk, also of the Sac (Sauk) and Fox Indians, who advocated peace with the white settlers until he was convinced that his people had been wrongfully despoiled of lands belonging to them, in 1832, inaugurated what is commonly known as the Black Hawk War. After his defeat he was made the ward of Chief Keokuk, the county namesake. The humiliation of his pride broke his heart.

    Keokuk Courthouse
    1. Keokuk County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Keokuk County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Keokuk County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Keokuk County Historical Society / Sigourney, IA)
    4. Keokuk County - US/IAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Keokuk County - US/IAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Keokuk County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Keokuk County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - Keokuk County Clerk, Courthouse Square, Sigourney, IA 52591-1499.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.

      Census Information:
    9. 1910 Census (G) - The 1910 Keokuk County, Iowa, Census contains 443 pages (census images) in Enumeration Districts
               42 through 61.


  • Lee County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 6, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Des Moines County.
    Established:  07-Dec-1836
    County Seat:  Fort Madison, Iowa and Keokuk, Iowa

    County history - Lee County's name is disputed by some, and is named in honor of William Elliott Lee, businessman; or Robert E. Lee (1807 1870), Confederate general.

    Lee Courthouse,
    Fort Madison

    Lee Courthouse,
    Keokuk
    1. Lee County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Lee County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Lee County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Lee County Genealogical Society / Keokuk, IA)
    4. Lee County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (North Lee County Historical Society / Fort Madison, IA)
    5. Lee County - US/IAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    6. Lee County - US/IAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. Lee County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Lee County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Vital Records - North Lee County, P.O. Box 1443, Fort Madison, IA 52627-1443 and / or South Lee County, P O Box 160, Keokuk, IA 52632.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.

    10. Lee County - Montrose, a look into the past.

      Census Information:
    11. 1840 Census (I) and (T) - Lee County, IOWA 1840 Federal Census (1 index file and three text files)


  • Linn County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 1, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of the Territory of Wisconsin.
    Established:  21-Dec-1837
    County Seat:  Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    County history - Linn County is named in honor of Lewis Fields Linn (November 5, 1796 - October 3, 1843) who was a Medical Doctor and a Jacksonian Democratic U.S. Senator for the state of Missouri born in Kentucky. He served in that role from 1833 to 1843.

    Linn Courthouse
    GHLL Linn County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Linn County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Linn County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Linn County Genealogical Society / Cedar Rapids, IA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Linn County Historical Society / Cedar Rapids, IA)
    7. US/IAGenWeb site - Linn County Archives
    8. US/IAGenWeb - Linn County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Linn County Recorder, 930 1st Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Benton County (west), Buchanan County (northwest), Cedar County
             (southeast), Delaware County (northeast), Iowa County (southwest),
             Johnson County (south), Jones County (east).

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    Please report errors or information that needs to be added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Louisa County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 7, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Des Moines County.
    Established:  07-Dec-1836
    County Seat:  Wapello, Iowa

    County history - Louisa County is named in honor of Louisa Massey, who gained fame during her time because she avenged the murder of her brother by shooting the man responsible. Other historians claim the name was given in honor of Louisa County, Virginia.

    Louisa Courthouse
    1. Louisa County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Louisa County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Louisa County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Louisa County Genealogy Committee / Wapello, IA)
    4. Louisa County - US/IAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Louisa County - US/IAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Louisa County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Louisa County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - Louisa County Clerk, 117 S. Main St., Wapello, IA 52653-1547.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.

      Census Information:
    9. County Tax Lists - Five selections of various tax lists (1847 - 1850)


  • Lucas County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  May 20, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Monroe County.
    Established:  13-Jan-1836
    County Seat:  Chariton, Iowa

    County history - Lucas County is named in honor of Robert Lucas (April 1, 1781 - February 7, 1853) was the 12th Governor of the U.S. state of Ohio, serving from 1832 to 1836. He served as the first Governor of Iowa Territory from 1838 to 1841.

    Lucas Courthouse
    GHLL Lucas County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Lucas County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Lucas County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Lucas County Genealogical Society (Blog) / Chariton, IA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Lucas County Historical Society and Museum / Chariton, IA)
    7. US/IAGenWeb site - Lucas County Archives
    8. US/IAGenWeb - Lucas County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - County Courthouse, 916 Braden Avenue, Chariton, IA 50049-1258.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Warren County (northwest), Marion County (northeast), Monroe County
             (east)
    , Wayne County (south), Clarke County (west).
               Note:   County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are linked.

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    Census Information:
        1850 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Lucas County (Index: 1 page / Text: 1 page).

    Please report errors or information that needs to be added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Lyon County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 19, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Native American [Sioux Indian Lands], officially split from Woodbury County, 15-Jan-1851.
    Established:  01-Jan-1872
    County Seat:  Rock Rapids, Iowa

    County history - Lyon County is named in honor of Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon, who served in the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. Original name was Buncombe County and was changed by the state legislature on September 11, 1862.

    Lyon Courthouse
    1. Lyon County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Lyon County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Lyon County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Lyon County - US/IAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Lyon County - US/IAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Lyon County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Lyon County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - Lyon County Clerk, 206 S. 2nd Ave., Rock Rapids, IA 51246-1597.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.


  • Madison County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 18, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Polk County.
    Established:  13-Jan-1846/font>
    County Seat:  Winterset, Iowa

    County history - Madison County is named in honor of James Madison (1751 1836), fourth President of the United States. Three courthouses have served the citizens of the county since 1849. The first for a little over 20 years, the second for 4 years and the third since 1878.

    Madison Courthouse
    GHLL Madison County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Madison County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Madison County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Madison County Historical Society / Winterset, IA)
    6. US/IAGenWeb site - Madison County Archives
    7. US/IAGenWeb - Madison County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Madison County Clerk, P.O. Box 152, Winterset, IA 50273-0152.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Dallas County (north), Warren County (east), Clarke County (southeast),
             Union County (southwest), Adair County (west), Polk County (northeast).

        Madison County - Bridges of Madison County

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    Census Information:
  • 1850 Federal Census - (I) & (T)
  • 1870 Federal Census - (I) & (T)
  • 1880 Federal Census - (I) & (T)
  • 1900 Federal Census - (T)
  • 1900 Federal Census - (T)
  • 1910 Federal Census - (T)
  • 1920 Federal Census - (I) & (T)
  • 1930 Federal Census - (I) & (T)

  • Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) that concern(s) you.


  • Marion County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 21, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Washington County.
    Established:  10-Jun-1845
    County Seat:  Knoxville, Iowa

    County history - Marion County is named in honor of Francis Marion (c. 1732  February 26, 1795) was a military officer who served in the American Revolutionary War. Acting with Continental Army and South Carolina militia commissions, he was a persistent adversary of the British in their occupation of South Carolina in 1780 and 1781, even after the Continental Army was driven out of the state in the Battle of Camden.Due to his irregular methods of warfare, he is considered one of the fathers of modern guerrilla warfare, and is credited in the lineage of the United States Army Rangers.



    Marion Courthouse
    GHLL Marion County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Marion County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Marion County Genealogical Society / Knoxville, IA)
    6. US/IAGenWeb site - Marion County Archives
    7. US/IAGenWeb - Marion County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Marion County Clerk/Recorder, P.O. Box 497, Knoxville, IA 50138-0497.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Jasper County (north), Mahaska County (east), Monroe County
             (southeast), Lucas County (southwest), Warren County (west).

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    Please report errors or information that needs to be added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Marshall County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 19, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Jasper County.
    Established:  13-Jan-1846
    County Seat:  Marshalltown, Iowa

    County history - Marshall County is named in honor of John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

    Marshall Courthouse
    1. Marshall County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Marshall County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Marshall County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Historical Society of Marshall County / Marshalltown, IA)
    4. Marshall County - US/IAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Marshall County - US/IAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Marshall County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Marshall County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - Marshall County Clerk, City Hall, 24 N. Center St., Marshalltown, IA 50158.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Central Iowa Genealogical Society / Marshalltown, IA)


  • Mitchell County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 19, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Chickasaw County.
    Established:  15-Jan-1851
    County Seat:  Osage, Iowa

    County history - Mitchell County is named in honor of John Mitchel (1815 1875), Irish patriot.

    Mitchell Courthouse
    1. Mitchell County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Mitchell County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Mitchell County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Mitchell County Historical Society / Osage, IA)
    4. Mitchell County - US/IAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Mitchell County - US/IAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Mitchell County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Mitchell County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - Mitchell County Recorder, County Courthouse, 508 State Street, Osage, IA 50461-1229.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.


  • Montgomery County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 9, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Polk County.
    Established:  15-Jan-1851
    County Seat:  Red Oak, Iowa

    County history - Montgomery County is named in honor of Richard Montgomery (1738 1775), general in the Revolutionary War.

    Montgomery Courthouse
    GHLL Montgomery County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Montgomery County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Montgomery County Historical Society / Red Oak, IA)
          Montgomery County Genealogical Society
          705 Washington Avenue
          Red Oak, IA

    7. US/IAGenWeb site - Montgomery County Archives
    8. US/IAGenWeb - Montgomery County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Montgomery County Clerk Recorder, 105 Coolbaugh St., Red Oak, IA 51566.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Pottawattamie County (northwest), Cass County (northeast),
             Adams County (east), Page County (south), Mills County (west).

        Montgomery County - Valkoomen from Stanton, Iowa's Swedish Capital

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