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

Page County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Page 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: 1847
County Seat Clarinda
Iowa, Page County Courthouse.png

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Captain John Page of the 4th U.S. Infantry, who was mortally wounded in the Battle of Palo Alto. The County has Clarinda as its seat and the County was created February 24, 1847. The County is located in the southwest area of the state.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Marriage Court Land Probate Census
1880 1852 1880 1870 1854 1857 1847
Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths Jan 1891. General compliance by 1924.
  • Page County, Iowa is named in honor of Captain John Page of the 4th U.S. Infantry, who was mortally wounded in the battle of Palo Alto during the Mexican American War.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1847--Page County was created 24 February 1847 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Appanoose County prior to organization 22 March 1852. County seat:  Clarinda [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]

1858 The courthouse and the records were destroyed by fire.

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

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Adams  • Fremont  • Mills  • Montgomery  • Taylor  • Atchison County, Missouri  • Nodaway County, Missouri

Resources[edit | edit source]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png Iowa African Americans

Biographies[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.
1850 551
1860 4,419 702.0%
1870 9,975 125.7%
1880 19,667 97.2%
1890 21,341 8.5%
1900 24,187 13.3%
1910 24,002 −0.8%
1920 24,137 0.6%
1930 25,904 7.3%
1940 24,887 −3.9%
1950 23,921 −3.9%
1960 21,023 −12.1%
1970 18,537 −11.8%
1980 19,063 2.8%
1990 16,870 −11.5%
2000 16,976 0.6%
2010 15,932 −6.1%
Source: "".

State Census

  • An article about the Federal and State Census Records that exist for Iowa. Iowa 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]

Genealogy[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.

  • Iowa Page County Recorder's Office has property and misc. records dating back to 1838. Genealogy research is not performed by the Page County Recorder’s office. However, this office has land and vital records that are open to the public.

Law and Legislation[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Page 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.

  • History of Page County, Iowa: containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, etc., a biographical directory, war record, history of Iowa. Reprint of 1880 edition published by the Iowa Historical Co., Des Moines. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Internet Archive, Hathitrust.
  • The history of Page County, Iowa: from the earliest settlement, in 1843, to the first centennial of American independence, July 4, 1876, including a period of thirty-three years. By E. Miller. Clarinda, Iowa : Herald Book & Job Office, 1876. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; At various libraries (WorldCat).

Maps[edit | edit source]

Mills CountyMontgomery CountyAdams CountyFremont CountyTaylor CountyAtchison CountyNodaway CountyIA PAGE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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

- 4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Page County, Iowa Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Occupations[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Prisions[edit | edit source]

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]

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

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Nodaway Valley Historical Museum
1600 S. 16th Street
PO Box 393
Clarinda, Iowa 51632

Greater Shenandoah Historical Society
800 W Sheridan Ave
PO Box 182
Shenandoah Iowa 56101


Lied Public Library
100 E. Garfield St.
Clarinda, Iowa 51632
Monday: 12pm-8pm;Tues-Thur: 9:30am-6pm; Fri: 9:30am-5:00pm; Sat: 9:30am-1pm; Sun: Closed

Websites[edit | edit source]

Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to Page 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 "page 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 "page county" in the search box
IAGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
SFB Family Research $$$ Local resident with access to the courthouse and the records there
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions Free Data may be submitted by individuals or 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 Page 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 ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Page County ( 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 Page 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 Page 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 Page County Message Board

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Page, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Iowa."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Page 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, "Page County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Iowa#Communities, accessed 21 October 2019.