Black Hawk County, Iowa Genealogy

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Guide to Black Hawk County, Iowa ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Black Hawk County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Black Hawk County
Location in the state of Iowa, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded February 17, 1843
County Seat Waterloo
Iowa, Black Hawk County Courthouse.png
Address Black Hawk County Courthouse
316 E. 5th St.
Waterloo, IA 50703-4774
Phone:(319) 833-3012
Black Hawk County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Black Hawk. The County has Waterloo as its seat and the County was created 1843. The County is located in the northeast central area of the state.[1]

Black Hawk County, Iowa Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1880 1854 1880 1853 1853 1880 1847
Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths Jan 1891. General compliance by 1924.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Black Hawk County Courthouse
316 E. 5th St.
Waterloo, IA 50703-4774

(319) 833-3012

Black Hawk County

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1843--Black Hawk County was created 17 February 1843 from Buchanan County. Black Hawk County was attached to Buchanan, Benton, and Delaware Counties prior to organization 17 August 1853.  County seat:  Black Hawk [3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Iowa County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Iowa County Boundary Maps" (1816-1872) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Unincorporated communities
  • Finchford
  • Glasgow
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Benton • Bremer • Buchanan • Butler • Fayette • Grundy • Tama

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
IAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
IAGenWeb Archives FamilySearch Places
Tombstone Project
Iowa Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Iowa Cemeteries for more information.
  • Catholic Cemeteries of Waterloo Inc., 3912 West 4th Street, Waterloo, Iowa 319 233-0746
  • Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, 319-233-6136
  • Elmwood Cemetery Associations, 226 Elmwood Street, Cedar Falls, Iowa 319 232-2348
  • Fairview Cemetery Associations, 611 Fairview Drive, Cedar Falls, Iowa 319 234-8621
  • Garden Memorial Cemetery & Mausoleum, 2669 Logan Ave, Cedar Falls, Iowa 319 233-6126
  • Garden View Chapel, 3655 Logan Ave, Cedar Falls, Iowa 319 232-2222
  • Waterloo Cemetery, 1830 Kimball Ave, Waterloo, Iowa 319 232-4751
  • Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery and Chapel, 3430 West 4th Street, Waterloo, Iowa 319 232-4165

Richardson Funeral Home, 615 Main Street, Cedar Falls, Iowa 319-266-3525 is an excellent contact when you are looking for someone who has died in the Cedar Falls, Iowa Area. They can direct you to the place they are buried and whom to contact for more information. Their records are on the computer. They told me to contact Rusty at 11:00 Midwest time for more information. This lead to finding several generations of the person who had died. He was the sexton of one of the cemeteries.

Other funeral homes are: Parrot & Wood Chapel of Memories www, 319-232-3235 Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home , Parkersburg, Iowa 319-346-1534 Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home, Clarkville, Iowa 319-278-4245 Reiff Funeral Home, Independence, Iowa 319-334-2501 Richardson as above 319-266-3525 Sanders Funeral Service 319-232-5667 Vogel Funeral Home Allison, Iowa 319-267-2507 White Funeral Home Independence, Iowa 319-334-2595 White Funeral Home Jessup, Iowa 319-827-3695 Woods Funeral Home Fredericksburg, Iowa 319-827-3695

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 135
1860 8,244 6006.7%
1870 21,706 163.3%
1880 23,913 10.2%
1890 24,219 1.3%
1900 32,399 33.8%
1910 44,865 38.5%
1920 56,570 26.1%
1930 69,146 22.2%
1940 79,946 15.6%
1950 100,448 25.6%
1960 122,482 21.9%
1970 132,916 8.5%
1980 137,961 3.8%
1990 123,798 −10.3%
2000 128,012 3.4%
2010 131,090 2.4%
Source: "".

Iowa recorded not only the federal census but state census through out the years as well. The state census contains very valuable genealogical information. Where the census information can be found, what years it was taken, mortality schedules, census substitutions and much more is discussed in the very informative Iowa Census article.

State Census

Church[edit | edit source]

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.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Lutheran[edit | edit source]

Trinity Lutheran Church, Waterloo

  • Records of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Waterloo, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Washburn, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Black Hawk 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.

Local Histories and memories of Cedar Falls, Black Hawk, Iowa. Go to  search for:  igrewupin Cedar Falls There are memories of places, events form the early years to date.  Wonderful to learn about the residents of a Great town.  Have you ever heard of DeTasseling Corn?  It is in there.  How about a Breaded Pork Tenderloin sandwich?  Who made the best ever?  The town's concentration and love for the arts and music... Check out the site.

  • Melendy, Peter. Historical record of Cedar Falls, the garden city of Iowa : containing a brief history of Iowa, of Black Hawk County, and a full and complete description of industrial and picturesque Cedar Falls. Cedar Falls, Iowa : Peter Melendy, 1893.
  • Van Metre, Isaiah. History of Black Hawk County, Iowa and representative citizens. Chicago : Biographical Pub. Co., 1904.
  • History of Black Hawk County, Iowa, and its people. Chicago, Illinois : S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1915.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Butler CountyBremer CountyFayette CountyGrundy CountyTama CountyBenton CountyBuchanan CountyIA BLACK HAWK.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in Black Hawk 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 Black Hawk County, Iowa Genealogy:

- 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company G
- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 9th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 12th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
World War I[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives
  • ($) has historical newspapers online including Waterloo newspapers that covered local news on Black Hawk County residents. This database is free at some libraries.

Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

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 - Black Hawk - Probate records.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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.

Births[edit | edit source]
Marriages[edit | edit source]
Deaths[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Northwest Iowa Genealogical Society
P O Box 2274
Waterloo, IA 50704-2274

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to Black Hawk County, Iowa Genealogy
State Historical Society of Iowa Free Select from research collection topics
The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection Free digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions - results of "blackhawk county" in the search box
State Library of Iowa Free electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies - results of "blackhawk county" in the search box
IAGenWeb Project Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
[2] [3][4] FamilySearch Free Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes
Sites that search for links pertaining to Black Hawk County, Iowa Genealogy
RootsWeb Resources Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($) Free family history resources and government records
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Black Hawk County, Iowa Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch Catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
See also local libraries and Iowa Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Black Hawk County, Iowa Genealogy
GeneaBloggers enter "Iowa" in search box to see list and links to Iowa blogs
Facebook list of groups from "Iowa Genealogy" search Iowa Genealogy Forum Black Hawk County Message Board

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Black Hawk, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Iowa.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Black Hawk County, Iowa. Page 230-238 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 222-225.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Black Hawk County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Iowa, accessed 22 August 2019.