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  • Page County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 3, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Pottawattamiee County.
    Established:  24-Feb-1847
    County Seat:  Clarinda, Iowa

    County history - Page County is named in honor of Captain John Page of the 4th U.S. Infantry, an officer killed in Battle of Palo Alto in the Mexican-American War.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Page County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - Page County Clerk-Recorder, 112 E. Main Street, Clarinda, IA 51632-2197.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.


  • Palo Alto County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 19, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Kossuth County, 09-Oct-1858.
    Established:  30-Dec-1858
    County Seat:  Emmetsburg, Iowa

    County history - Palo Alto County is named for the battlefield in the Mexican War.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Palo Alto County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - Palo Alto County Recorder, 1010 Broadway, P.O. Box 248, Emmetsburg, IA 50536.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.

    9. USGenWeb Project Site - This site is part of the IAGenWeb and USGenWeb Projects
    10. 1882 Business Directory - Township of Emmetsburg


  • Plymouth County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 3, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Woodbury County.
    Established:  15-Jan-1851
    County Seat:  Le Mars, Iowa

    County history - Plymouth County is named for the landing place of the Pilgrims who came to America on the Mayflower.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Plymouth County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - Plymouth County Recorder, 3rd Avenue & 2nd Street SE, Le Mars, IA 51031.
               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 - (Northwest Iowa Genealogical Society / Le Mars, IA)

      Census Information:
    10. 1860 Census (T) - Federal Census, Plymouth County (Text: 1 page).


  • Pocahontas County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  May 20, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Greene County and Humboldt County.
    Established:  15-Jan-1851
    County Seat:  Pocahontas, Iowa

    County history - Pocahontas County is named in honor of Pocahontas (born Matoaka, and later known as Rebecca Rolfe, c. 1595 - March 1617) was a Virginia Indian notable for her association with the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia. Pocahontas was the daughter of Powhatan, the paramount chief of a network of tributary tribal nations in the Tidewater region of Virginia. In a well-known historical anecdote, she is said to have saved the life of an Indian captive, Englishman John Smith, in 1607 by placing her head upon his own when her father raised his war club to execute him.

             Pocahontas was captured by the English during Anglo-Indian hostilities in 1613, and held for ransom. During her captivity, she converted to Christianity and took the name Rebecca. When the opportunity arose for her to return to her people, she chose to remain with the English. In April 1614, she married tobacco planter John Rolfe, and in January 1615, bore him a son, Thomas Rolfe. Pocahontas's marriage to John Rolfe in 1614 was the first recorded interracial marriage in American history.

             In 1616, the Rolfes traveled to London. Pocahontas was presented to English society as an example of the civilized "savage" in hopes of stimulating investment in the Jamestown settlement. She became something of a celebrity, was elegantly fêted, and attended a masque at Whitehall Palace. In 1617, the Rolfes set sail for home, but Pocahontas died at Gravesend of unknown causes. She was buried in a church in Gravesend, but the exact location of her grave is unknown.




    Pocahontas Courthouse
    GHLL Pocahontas County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Pocahontas County AHGP and / or ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Pocahontas County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Pocahontas County / Laurens Genealogical Society / Laurens, IA)
          Pocahontas County Iowa Historical Society Museum
          272 North Third Street
          Laurens, IA 50554

    6. US/IAGenWeb site - Pocahontas County Archives
    7. US/IAGenWeb - Pocahontas County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Iowa Department of Public Health, request records by Phone, Online, Mail and In-Person.
               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):
             Palo Alto County (north), Humboldt County (east), Webster County
             (southeast), Calhoun County (south), Buena Vista County (west),.
               Note:   County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are linked.

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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.


  • Polk County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 7, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of the Mahaska district [unorganized territorial lands].
    Established:  13-Jan-1846
    County Seat:  Des Moines, Iowa

    County history - Polk County is named in honor of the eleventh President of the United States, James K. Polk.

    Polk Courthouse

    Capitol history - The present capitol building is Iowa's third since statehood in 1846. The first capitol building was located in Iowa City. Called Old Stone Capitol, the building served as the seat of state government for 16 years.
             With the influx of settlers to Iowa, citizens felt the state's capital should be moved to a more central location. The issue was the subject of intense political debate for over a decade. Ultimately, the Iowa General Assembly chose Des Moines as the new capital city.
             Money and land for the project were donated by a group of Des Moines businessmen and construction began on the new capitol in 1856. This structure, which became known as Old Brick Capitol, was located on the east side of the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers. Old Brick Capitol served as Iowa's capitol for 26 years and was destroyed by fire in 1892.

    Iowa State Capitol

    GHLL Polk 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 - Polk County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/IAGenWeb site - Polk County Archives
    7. US/IAGenWeb - Polk County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Polk County Recorder, Attn: Vital Records, 111 Court Ave Ste 245, Des Moines, IA 50309.
               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):
             Boone County (northwest), Story County (north), Jasper County (east),
             Marion County (southeast), Warren County (south), Madison County
             (southwest), Dallas County (west).

        Genealogy Trails - Polk County Genealogy & History

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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.


  • Pottawattamie County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 30, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Native American territorial lands.
    Established:  14-Feb-1847
    County Seat:  Council Bluffs, Iowa

    County history - Pottawattamie County is named in honor of The Pottawattami (also spelled Pottawattamie and Pottawatomi, among many variations), who are a Native American people of the upper Mississippi River region. They traditionally speak the Potawatomi language, a member of the Algonquian family. In the Potawatomi language, they generally call themselves Bod!"wadmi, a name that means "keepers of the fire" and that was applied to them by their Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) cousins. They originally called themselves Neshnab!", a cognate of the word Anishinaabe. The Potawatomi were part of a long term alliance with the Ojibwe and Ottawa, called the Council of Three Fires. In the Council of Three Fires, Potawatomi were considered the "youngest brother."



    Pottawattamie Courthouse
    GHLL Pottawattamie County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Pottawattamie County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Pottawattamie County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Pottawattamie County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Pottawattamie County Genealogical Society / Council Bluffs, IA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Historical Society of Pottawattamie County / Council Bluffs, IA)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Walnut Genealogy Society / Walnut, IA)
    8. US/IAGenWeb site - Pottawattamie County Archives
    9. US/IAGenWeb - Pottawattamie County Genealogy & History
    10. Vital Records - Pottawattamie County Clerk, 227 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501-4209.
               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):
             Harrison County (north), Shelby County (northeast), Cass County (east),
             Montgomery County (southeast), Mills County (south), Sarpy County,
                Nebraska
    (southwest), Douglas County, Nebraska (west), Washington
                County, Nebraska
    (northwest).

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    Census Information:
        1870 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Pottawattamie County (Index: 8 pages / Text: 21 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.


  • Poweshiek County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 3, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Mesquakie Indian Lands.
    Established:  17-Feb-1843
    County Seat:  Montezuma, Iowa

    County history - Poweshiek County is named in honor of Poweshiek, chief of the Fox tribe who signed the treaty ending the Black Hawk War. The Meskwaki tribe of Native Americans or Fox are an Algonquian language-speaking group that are now merged with the allied Sac tribe as the Sac and Fox Nation under Federal policy. The Meskwaki called themselves Meshkwahkihaki formerly transcribed as Mesquakie or Meskwahki, but the tribe now uses Meskwaki. The name Fox originated in a French mistake applying a clan name to the entire tribe and was perpetuated by the United States government.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Poweshiek County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - Poweshiek County Clerk, 302 East Main St., P.O. BOX 656, Montezuma, IA 50171.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.
    9. Poweshiek County — 1912 Yearbook 'Grinnellian' Grinnell High School, Grinnell


  • Ringgold County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 3, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Taylor County.
    Established:  24-Feb-1847
    County Seat:  Mount Ayr, Iowa

    County history - Ringgold County is named in honor of Samuel B. Ringgold (1796 - May 11, 1846) was an artillery officer in the United States Army who was noted for several military innovations which caused him to be called the "Father of Modern Artillery." He was also, according to some, the first U.S. officer to fall in the Mexican-American War, perishing from wounds inflicted during the Battle of Palo Alto.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Ringgold County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - Ringgold County Clerk, County Courthouse, Mount Ayr, IA 50854.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.


  • Sac County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 3, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Greene County.
    Established:  15-Jan-1851
    County Seat:  Sac City, Iowa

    County history - Sac County is named in honor of the Sacs or Sauks, who are a group of Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands culture group.

    Sac Courthouse
    1. Sac County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Sac County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Sac County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Sac County Genealogical Society / Sac City, IA)
    4. Sac County - US/IAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Sac County - US/IAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Sac County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Sac County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - Sac County Recorder's Office, 100 N. West State Street, Sac City, IA 50583.
               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 - (The Odebolt Historical Museum / Odebolt, IA)


  • Scott County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 4, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Wisconsin Territory.
    Established:  21-Dec-1837
    County Seat:  Davenport, Iowa

    County history - Scott County is named in honor of Winfield Scott (June 13, 1786  May 29, 1866) was a United States Army general, and unsuccessful presidential candidate of the Whig Party in 1852.
             Known as "Old Fuss and Feathers" and the "Grand Old Man of the Army," he served on active duty as a general longer than any other man in American history and many historians rate him the ablest American commander of his time. Over the course of his forty-seven-year career, he commanded forces in the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Black Hawk War, the Second Seminole War, and, briefly, the American Civil War, conceiving the Union strategy known as the Anaconda Plan that would be used to defeat the Confederacy. He served as Commanding General of the United States Army for twenty years, longer than any other holder of the office.



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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Scott County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Scott County Vital Records - Scott County Recorder/Registrar Office, Administrative Center, 600 West 4th Street, Davenport, IA 52801.
               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:
    10. 1840 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Scott County (Index: 1 page / Text: 2 pages).


  • Shelby County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 27, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Cass County.
    Established:  15-Jan-1851
    County Seat:  Harlan, Iowa

    County history - Shelby County is named in honor of Isaac Shelby (1750 - 1826), a General in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

    Shelby Courthouse
    GHLL Shelby 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 - Shelby County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Nishnabotna Genealogical Society / Harlan, IA)
    6. US/IAGenWeb site - Shelby County Archives
    7. US/IAGenWeb - Shelby County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Shelby County Recorder, 612 Court Street Room 201, P.O. Box 67, Harlan, IA 51537-0067.
               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):  Crawford County (north), Audubon County (east), Cass County (southeast),
             Pottawattamie County (south), Harrison County (west).


  • Sioux County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 27, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Plymouth County, 15-Jan-1851.
    Established:  20-Jan-1860
    County Seat:  Orange City, Iowa

    County history - Sioux County is named in honor of the Sioux Native American tribe.

    Sioux Courthouse
    GHLL Sioux 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 - Sioux County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Greater Sioux County Historical Society / Sioux Center, IA)
    6. US/IAGenWeb site - Sioux County Archives
    7. US/IAGenWeb - Sioux County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Sioux County Clerk, 210 Central Avenue, P.O. Box 48 SW, Orange City, IA 51041.
               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):  Lyon County (north), O'Brien County (east), Plymouth County (south),
             Union County, South Dakota (southwest), Lincoln County, South Dakota (northwest).


  • Story County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 28, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Boone, Jasper and Polk Counties.
    Established:  13-Jan-1846
    County Seat:  Nevada, Iowa

    County history - Story County is named in honor of Joseph Story (September 18, 1779 - September 10, 1845) was an American lawyer and jurist who served on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1811 to 1845. He is most remembered today for his opinions in Martin v. Hunter's Lessee and The Amistad, along with his magisterial Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, first published in 1833.

    Story Courthouse
    GHLL Story 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 - Story County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Story County Genealogical Society / Ames, IA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Story County Historical Society / Ames, IA)
    7. US/IAGenWeb site - Story County Archives
    8. US/IAGenWeb - Story County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Story County Clerk, 900 6th Street, Nevada, IA 50201-2004.
               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):  Hamilton County (northwest), Hardin County (northeast), Marshall County (east),
             Jasper County (southeast), Polk County (south), Boone County (west).
        Story County - Norwegian Heritage in the County and centeral Iowa


  • Union County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 9, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Clarke County.
    Established:  15-Jan-1851
    County Seat:  Creston, Iowa

    County history - Union County is named for, "The Union", name for the northern states during the American Civil War.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Union County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - Union County Recorder/Registrar, 300 N. Pine St., Creston, IA 50801-2430.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.

    9. Union County - Illustrated Centennial Sketches, Map and Directory of Union County, Iowa. Published by C. J. Colby,
               Creston, Iowa


  • Van Buren County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 3, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Des Moines County.
    Established:  07-Dec-1836
    County Seat:  Keosauqua, Iowa

    County history - Van Buren County is named in honor of Martin Van Buren (December 5, 1782 - July 24, 1862), the eighth President of the United States (1837 to 1841). Before his presidency, he served as the eighth Vice President (1833 1837) and the 10th Secretary of State under Andrew Jackson. He was a key organizer of the Democratic Party, a dominant figure in the Second Party System, and the first president not of British descent his family was Dutch. He was the first president to be born an American citizen, his predecessors having been born British subjects before the American Revolution. He is also the only president not to have spoken English as his first language, having grown up speaking Dutch. Moreover, he was the first president from New York.


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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Van Buren County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Vital Records - Van Buren County Clerk, P.O. Box 475, Keosauqua, IA 52565-0475.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.


  • Wapello County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 6, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Native American territorial lands.
    Established:  17-Feb-1843
    County Seat:  Ottumwa, Iowa

    County history - Wapello County is named in honor of Wapello, chief of the Fox Native American tribe.
             The Meskwaki tribe of Native Americans, also called Fox, are an Algonquian-speaking group who are now merged with the allied Sac tribe as the Sac and Fox Nation. The Meskwaki called themselves Meshkwahkihaki, formerly transcribed into European languages as Mesquakie or Meskwahki. Now they use the spelling Meskwaki. The name Fox originated in a French mistake in applying a clan name to the entire tribe. Anglo-Americans, including the United States government, adopted the French term in English.



    Wapello Courthouse
    GHLL Wapello 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 - Wapello County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Wapello County Genealogical Society / Ottumwa, IA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Wapello County Museum & Historical Society / Ottumwa, IA)
    7. US/IAGenWeb site - Wapello County Archives
    8. US/IAGenWeb - Wapello County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Wapello County Recorder, 4th and Court Streets, Ottumwa, IA 52501-2599.
               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):
             Mahaska County (northwest), Keokuk County (northeast), Jefferson
                County (east),
    Davis County (south), Monroe County (west).

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    Census Information:
        1847 Census (I) - Federal Census, Wapello County (Index: 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.


  • Warren County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 29, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Polk County.
    Established:  13-Feb-1846
    County Seat:  Indianola, Iowa

    County history - Warren County is named in honor of Dr. Joseph Warren (June 11, 1741 - June 17, 1775), an American doctor and a Major General during the American Revolutionary War. He is remembered for playing a leading role in American Patriot organizations in Boston and for his death as a volunteer private soldier at the Battle of Bunker Hill while also serving as chief executive of the revolutionary Massachusetts government.

    Warren Courthouse
    GHLL Warren 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 - Warren County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Warren County Genealogical Society / Indianola, IA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Warren County Historical Society & Museum / Indianola, IA)
    7. US/IAGenWeb site - Warren County Archives
    8. US/IAGenWeb - Warren County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Warren County Clerk, P.O. Box 379, Indianola, IA 50125-0379.
               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):  Polk County (north), Marion County (east), Lucas County (southeast),
             Clarke County (southwest), Madison County (west).

    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.


  • Washington County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 29, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of lands of Wisconsin Territory.
    Established:  25-Jun-1839
    County Seat:  Washington, Iowa

    County history - Washington County is named in honor of George Washington (1732 - 1799), first President of the United States.

    Washington Courthouse
    GHLL Washington 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 - Washington County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Washington County Genealogical Society / Washington , IA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Washington County Historical Society / Washington, IA)
    7. US/IAGenWeb site - Washington County Archives
    8. US/IAGenWeb - Washington County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Washington County Recorder, Courthouse, P.O. Box 391, Washington, IA 52353.
               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):  Iowa County (northwest), Johnson County (northeast), Louisa County (east),
             Henry County (southeast), Jefferson County (southwest), Keokuk County (west).


  • Webster County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  May 15, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Risley and Yell County (each now Defunct).
    Established:  12-Jan-1853
    County Seat:  Fort Dodge, Iowa

    County history - Webster County is named in honor of Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 - October 24, 1852), a leading American statesman during the nation's Antebellum Period. He first rose to regional prominence through his defense of New England shipping interests. His increasingly nationalistic views and the effectiveness with which he articulated them led Webster to become one of the most famous orators and influential Whig leaders of the Second Party System.

    Webster Courthouse
    GHLL Webster 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 - Webster County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Genealogical Society Of Webster County / Fort Dodge, IA)
    6. US/IAGenWeb site - Webster County Archives
    7. US/IAGenWeb - Webster County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Webster County Recorder, 701 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, IA 50501-3853.
               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):  Humboldt County (north), Wright County (northeast), Hamilton County (east),
             Boone County (southeast), Greene County (southwest), Calhoun County (west), Pocahontas County (northwest).

    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.


  • Winnebago County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 30, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Kossuth County, 15-Jan-1851.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1857
    County Seat:  Forest City, Iowa

    County history - Winnebago County is named in honor of the Winnebago Native American tribe.

    Winnebago Courthouse
    GHLL Winnebago 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 - Winnebago County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Winnebago County Historical Society & Museum / Forest City, IA)
    6. US/IAGenWeb site - Winnebago County Archives
    7. US/IAGenWeb - Winnebago County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Winnebago County Clerk, 126 South Clark Street, Forest City, IA 50436-1793.
               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):  Faribault County, Minnesota (northwest), Freeborn County, Minnesota (northeast),
             Worth County (east), Hancock County (south), Kossuth County (west), Cerro Gordo County (southeast).


  • Winneshiek County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 19, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Winnebago Indian tribal lands.
    Established:  20-Feb-1848
    County Seat:  Decorah, Iowa

    County history - Winneshiek County is named in honor of Chief Winneshiek, a notable chief of the Winnebago tribe.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Winneshiek County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - Winneshiek County Recorder, 201 W. Main St., Decorah, IA 52101.
               Note:  Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the State Office in Des Moines and NOT at the County Clerk's
               office.

    9. Decorah Genealogy Association - (fee for service)


  • Woodbury County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 31, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Polk County, 1851.
    Established:  12-Jan-1853
    County Seat:  Sioux City, Iowa

    County history - Woodbury County is named in honor of Levi Woodbury (1789 1851), Governor of New Hampshire, (formerly named Wahkaw County, name changed to Woodbury in 1853).

    Woodbury Courthouse
    GHLL Woodbury County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Woodbury County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Woodbury County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Woodbury County Genealogical Society / Sioux City, IA)
    6. US/IAGenWeb site - Woodbury County Archives
    7. US/IAGenWeb - Woodbury County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Woodbury County Auditor and Recorder, 620 Douglas Street, Sioux City, IA 51101.
               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):  Plymouth County (north), Cherokee County (northeast), Ida County (east),
             Monona County (south), Thurston County, Nebraska (southwest), Dakota County, Nebraska (west),
             Union County, South Dakota (northwest).


  • Worth County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 31, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Mitchell County.
    Established:  15-Jan-1851
    County Seat:  Northwood, Iowa

    County history - Worth County is named in honor of William Jenkins Worth (1794 - 1849), an officer in the Black Hawk War and the Mexican-American War.

    Worth Courthouse
    GHLL Worth 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 - Worth County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Worth County Historical Society & Museum / Northwood, IA)
    6. US/IAGenWeb site - Worth County Archives
    7. US/IAGenWeb - Worth County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Worth County Clerk, 1000 Central Avenue, Northwood, IA 50459-1523.
               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):  Freeborn County, Minnesota (north), Mower County, Minnesota (northeast),
             Mitchell County (east), Cerro Gordo County (south), Winnebago County (west).


  • Wright County, Iowa —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 31, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Webster County and Kossuth Counties.
    Established:  15-Jan-1851
    County Seat:  Clarion, Iowa

    County history - Wright County is named in honor of Silas Wright, Jr. (May 24, 1795 - August 27, 1847) who was an American Democratic politician and Governor of New York, and (brother) Joseph Albert Wright (April 17, 1810 - May 11, 1867) was the tenth Governor of the U.S. state of Indiana from December 5, 1849 to January 12, 1857, most noted for his opposition to banking.

    Wright Courthouse
    GHLL Wright 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 - Wright County, IA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Belmond Chapter (Wright County Historical Society) & Museum / Belmond, IA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Wright County Genealogical Searchers / Clarion, IA)
    7. US/IAGenWeb site - Wright County Archives
    8. US/IAGenWeb - Wright County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Wright County Clerk, P.O. Box 306, Clarion, IA 50525-0306.
               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):
             Hancock County (north), Franklin County (east), Hamilton County (south),
             Webster County (southwest), Humboldt 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.



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