Jackson County, Iowa Genealogy

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

Jackson County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Jackson County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded December 21, 1837
County Seat Maquoketa
Iowa, Jackson County Courthouse.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Andrew Jackson. The County has Maquoketa as its seat and the County was created 1837. The County is located in the east central area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1880 1850 1880 1858 1838 1869 1847
Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths Jan 1891. General compliance by 1924.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Andrew Jackson

The county is named after President Andrew Jackson (1767-1845).[3]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1837--Jackson County was created 21 December 1837 from Dubuque County. County seat:  Maquoketa [4]

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]

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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Ghost towns
  • Alma
  • Amoy
  • America
  • Bridgeport
  • Brookfield
  • Buckhorn
  • Canton
  • Carrollport
  • Centerville
  • Charleston
  • Charkstown
  • Cobb
  • Coloma
  • Copper Creek
  • Cottonville
  • Crabb
  • Crabb's Mill
  • Crabbtown
  • Deventersville
  • Duggan
  • Duke
  • Emeline
  • Fremont
  • Fulton
  • Gordon's Ferry
  • Hickory Grove
  • Higginsport
  • Hugo
  • Hurstville
  • Fairfield
  • Farmers Creek
  • Franklin
  • Iron Hill
  • East Iron Hills
  • Isabel
  • Lainsville
  • Lowell
  • Millrock
  • Mount Algor
  • Nashville
  • New Castle
  • New Rochester
  • North Maquoketa
  • Otter Creek
  • Ozark
  • Pass
  • Prairie Springs
  • Rolley
  • Silsbee
  • Smiths Ferry
  • Springfield
  • Spruce Mills
  • Sterling
  • Sullivan
  • Summer Hill
  • Sylva
  • Tetes des Morts
  • Union Center
  • Van Buren
  • Wagonersburgh
  • Waterford
  • Wickliffe

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Clinton • Dubuque • Jones • Carroll County, Illinois • Jo Daviess County, Illinois

Resources[edit | edit source]

Biographical[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.
1840 1,411
1850 7,210 411.0%
1860 18,493 156.5%
1870 22,619 22.3%
1880 23,771 5.1%
1890 22,771 −4.2%
1900 23,615 3.7%
1910 21,258 −10.0%
1920 19,931 −6.2%
1930 18,481 −7.3%
1940 19,181 3.8%
1950 18,622 −2.9%
1960 20,754 11.4%
1970 20,839 0.4%
1980 22,503 8.0%
1990 19,950 −11.3%
2000 20,296 1.7%
2010 19,848 −2.2%
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

Lutheran[edit | edit source]
  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, La Motte, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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 Jackson 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.

  • Sorensen, Lucille. History of Jackson County. [S.l.] : Jackson County Historical Society (Iowa), 2000.
  • Ellis, James Whitcomb. History of Jackson County, Iowa. Chicago, Illinois : S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1910, c1989.
  • Portrait and biographical album of Jackson County, Iowa : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of the state, and of the presidents of the United States.. Chicago: Chapman Bros., 1889. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

Maps[edit | edit source]

Dubuque CountyJones CountyClinton CountyJo Daviess CountyCarroll CountyIA JACKSON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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

- 5th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
- 9th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
- 12th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
- 44th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company F
- 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company B
- 24th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
- 24th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
- 24th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company L
- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company M

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 Jackson Sentinel.1954-55, and 1959. Maquoketa, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)
  • Jackson Sentinel. 1954. Hackson, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

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 Libraries[edit | edit source]

Jackson County Genealogical Chapter
Post Office Box 1065
Maquoketa, Iowa 52060
E-mail: jcgeniesia@yahoo.com

Jackson County Historical Society
PO Box 1245
Maquoketa, IA 52060
E-mail: museum@jciahs.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 Jackson 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 "jackson 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 "jackson county" in the search box
IAGenWeb 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 Jackson 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 ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Jackson 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 Jackson 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 Jackson County, Iowa Genealogy
GeneaBloggers enter "Iowa" in search box to see list and links to Iowa blogs
genealogy.com IA Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Jackson County Message Board

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Jackson, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_County,_Iowa."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jackson 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. "List of counties in Iowa," Wikipedia.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Jackson County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_County,_Iowa, accessed 28 September 2019.