Bremer County, Iowa Genealogy

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

Bremer County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Bremer 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 Waverly
Iowa, Bremer County Courthouse.png
Address Bremer County Courthouse
415 E. Bremer Avenue
Waverly, IA 50677
Phone: (319) 352-5661
Bremer County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Fredrika Bremer. The County has Waverly as its seat and the County was created 1851. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[1]

Bremer County, Iowa Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1800s 1800s 1800s 1853 1800s 1852 1847
Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths Jan 1891. General compliance by 1924.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Bremer County Courthouse
415 E. Bremer Avenue
Waverly, IA 50677

(319) 352-5661

Bremer County

History [edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1851--Bremer County was created 15 January 1851 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Buchanan County prior to organization 15 August 1853.  County seat:  Waverly [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
  • [Bremer
  • [Horton
  • [Waverly Junction

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Black Hawk • Buchanan • Butler • Chickasaw • Fayette • Floyd

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.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 4,915
1870 12,528 154.9%
1880 14,081 12.4%
1890 14,630 3.9%
1900 16,305 11.4%
1910 15,843 −2.8%
1920 16,728 5.6%
1930 17,046 1.9%
1940 17,932 5.2%
1950 18,884 5.3%
1960 21,108 11.8%
1970 22,737 7.7%
1980 24,820 9.2%
1990 22,813 −8.1%
2000 23,325 2.2%
2010 24,276 4.1%
Source: "".

Iowa recorded not only the federal census but state census through out the years too. 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. 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]


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

St. John's Lutheran Church, Plainfield

  • Records of the St. John's Lutheran Church, Plainfield, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Waverly

  • Records of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Waverly, 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. They include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Iowa Land and Property for information about early Iowa land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, transactions were usually recorded and housed at the county courthouse.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Bremer 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.

  • Grawe, J. F. History of Bremer County, Iowa : a record of settlement, organization, progress and achievement. Chicago : S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1914.
  • History of Butler and Bremer counties, Iowa : together with sketches of their towns, villages and townships, educational, civil, military and political history ; portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens : History of Iowa, embracing accounts of the prehistoric race, and a brief review of its civil, political, and military history. Springfield, Illinois : Union Pub. Co., 1883.
  • Lucas, W. V. Pioneer days of Bremer County, Iowa. Waverly, Iowa : Waverly Democrat, 1918.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Floyd CountyChickasaw CountyFayette CountyBuchanan CountyBlack Hawk CountyGrundy CountyButler CountyIA BREMER.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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

- 9th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 9th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives
  • ($) has historical newspapers online including Waterloo newspapers that may have included Bremer County residents. This database is free at some libraries.
  • Bremer County Independent And Waverly Republican. 1956 Waverly, IA, USA Online at: ($)
  • Plainfield News. 1976 Plainfield, IA, USA Online at: ($)

Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and 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.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Iowa tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. Iowa's unique Old Age Assistance tax gives names, addresses and birth years. 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, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded by civil officials on registers, certificates, and other documents. Copies or extracts may be purchased from the Iowa Department of Public Health or the County Clerk's office. See also Iowa Vital Records.

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

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Bremer County Iowa Genealogical Society
426 Washington Street
Denver, IA 5062
Membership: 2392 Hilton Avenue
Waverly, IA 50677-9033

Bremer County Historical Society
402 W. Bremer Ave
Waverly, IA 50677

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • 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 Bremer 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 "bremer 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 "bremer 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
[1] [2][3] FamilySearch Free Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes
Sites that search for links pertaining to Bremer 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 Bremer 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 Bremer 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 Bremer Hawk County Message Board

  • The Internet site, Genealogy Projects and Links, Bremer County, Iowa has Waverly Newspaper German Obituaries, burials of German immigrants in Bremer County, Bremer County 1875 Atlas Township Maps, the contents of some local church records and a list of Bremer County Iowa men registered for World War II draft.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Bremer, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Iowa.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bremer 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, "Bremer County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 22 August 2019.