Marshall County, Iowa Genealogy

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

Marshall County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Marshall 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 13, 1846
County Seat Marshalltown
Iowa, Marshall County Courthouse.png
Address Marshall County Courthouse
1 E Main St
Marshalltown, IA 50158
Marshall County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for John Marshall. The County has Marshalltown as its seat and the County was created 1846. The County is located in the central area of the state.[1]

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

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

County Courthouse [edit | edit source]

Picture of the courthouse at:

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1846--Marshall County was created 13 January 1846 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Jasper and Linn Counties prior to organization 1 October 1849.  County seat:  Marshalltown [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
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Grundy • Hardin • Jasper • Poweshiek • Story • Tama

Resources[edit | edit source]

Biography[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
Iowa Gravestones FamilySearch Places
Billion Graves
See Iowa Cemeteries for more information.

Riverside Cemetery
611 North Center Street
Marshalltown, IA 50158-1618
(641) 753-7891

Rose Hill Memorial Gardens
602 Iowa Avenue Ease
(Iowa Avenue is old Highway 30)
Marshalltown, IA 50158-4779
(641) 752-0360

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 338
1860 6,015 1679.6%
1870 17,576 192.2%
1880 23,752 35.1%
1890 25,842 8.8%
1900 29,991 16.1%
1910 30,279 1.0%
1920 32,630 7.8%
1930 33,727 3.4%
1940 35,406 5.0%
1950 35,611 0.6%
1960 37,984 6.7%
1970 41,076 8.1%
1980 41,652 1.4%
1990 38,276 −8.1%
2000 39,311 2.7%
2010 40,648 3.4%
Source: "".

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, Marshalltown, 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 Marshall 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.

  • The History of Marshall County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, town, & a biographical directory of citizens, war records of its volunteers.. Chicago, Illinois: Western Historical Co., 1878. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Internet Archive, HathiTrust.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Hardin CountyGrundy CountyTama CountyPoweshiek CountyJasper CountyStory CountyIA MARSHALL.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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

- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company B
- 4th Independent Battery, Iowa Light Artillery,
- 5th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 11th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
- 23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 44th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company G

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives ($) has a large collection of digitized Iowa newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.

  • Marshall County Time. 1858. Marshall, 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]

Central Iowa Genealogical Society
serving Marshall County, Iowa
PO Box 945
Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

Historical Society of Marshall County
202 E. Church Street
Marshalltown, IA 50158

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

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Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to Marshall 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 "marshall 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 "marshall 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 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 Marshall 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 ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Marshall County IA at LDS Genealogy 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 Marshall 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 Marshall 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 IA Genealogy Forum Marshall County Message Board

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Marshall, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Iowa."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Marshall 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, "Marshall County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Iowa#Communities, accessed 16 October 2019.