Floyd County, Iowa Genealogy

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

Floyd County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Floyd 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 January 15, 1851
County Seat Charles City
Iowa, Floyd County Courthouse.png
Address Floyd County Courthouse
101 S. Main St.
Charles City, IA 50616-2756
Phone: (515) 228-7111

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Charles Floyd. The County has Charles City as its seat and the County was created 1851. The County is located in the north area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Marriage Court Land Probate Census
1880 1860 1880 1880 1855 1854 1847
Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths Jan 1891. General compliance by 1924.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Floyd County Courthouse
101 S. Main St.
Charles City, IA 50616-2756

(515) 228-7111

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1851--Floyd County was created 15 January 1851 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Fayette and  Chickasaw Counties prior to organization 4 September 1854. County seat:  Charles City [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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1874 Courthouse burned and some records were lost.
1881 Courthouse was destroyed by fire and almost all county records were lost.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

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
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Bremer • Butler • Cerro Gordo • Chickasaw • Franklin • Howard • Mitchell

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
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 3,744
1870 10,768 187.6%
1880 14,677 36.3%
1890 15,424 5.1%
1900 17,754 15.1%
1910 17,119 −3.6%
1920 18,860 10.2%
1930 19,524 3.5%
1940 20,169 3.3%
1950 21,505 6.6%
1960 21,102 −1.9%
1970 19,860 −5.9%
1980 19,597 −1.3%
1990 17,058 −13.0%
2000 16,900 −0.9%
2010 16,303 −3.5%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

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 Floyd 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.

  • Webster, Clement L. History of Floyd County, Iowa. Charles City, Iowa : Intelligencer Print, c1897.
  • History of Floyd County, Iowa : its people, industries and institutions with biographical sketches of representative citizens and genealogical records of many of the old families. Indianapolis, Indiana : B.F. Bowen, 1917.
  • History of Floyd County, Iowa : together with sketches of its cities, portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens, history of Iowa. Chicago : Inter-state Pub. Co., 1882.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Worth CountyMitchell CountyHoward CountyCerro Gordo CountyFranklin CountyButler CountyBremer CountyChickasaw CountyIA FLOYD.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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

- 27th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 27th 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
  • NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of digitized Iowa newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.
  • The Nashua Reporter. 1953-1960, 1963-1965, 1968-1976 Nashua, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)
  • Marble Rock Journal. 1911-1931 Marble Rock, Iowa, United States Of America. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

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 Libaries[edit | edit source]

Floyd County Historical Society & Museum
500 Gilbert Street
Charles City, Iowa 50616

Marble Rock Historical Society
313 Bradford Street
Marble Rock, Iowa 50653
E-mail: handley5255@gmail.com

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]

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Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to Floyd 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 "floyd 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 "floyd 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
genealogytrails.com Free Data may be submitted by individuals or 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 Floyd 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 ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Floyd County IA at LDS Genealogy Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS.com Free family history resources and government records
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Floyd 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 Floyd 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
genealogy.com IA Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Floyd County Message Board

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Floyd, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floyd_County,_Iowa."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Floyd 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, "Floyd County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floyd_County,_Iowa, accessed 6 September 2019.