Sac County, Iowa Genealogy

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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

Sac County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Sac 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 Sac City
Iowa, Sac County Courthouse.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Sauk people. The County has Sac City as its seat and the County was created January 15, 1851. The County is located in the west central area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1888 1888 1888 1888 1856 1888 1847
Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths Jan 1891. General compliance by 1924.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Quick Facts[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1851 Sac County was created 15 January 1851 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Woodbury and Greene Counties prior to organization 7 April 1856. County seat: Sac 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 website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1888 The courthouse burned, but some charred records were recovered.

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
  • Carnarvon

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Buena Vista • Calhoun • Carroll • Cherokee • Crawford • Ida • Pocahontas

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 Gravestone Photo Project FamilySearch Places
Billion Graves
See Iowa Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 246
1870 1,411 473.6%
1880 8,774 521.8%
1890 14,522 65.5%
1900 17,639 21.5%
1910 16,555 −6.1%
1920 17,500 5.7%
1930 17,641 0.8%
1940 17,639 −0.0%
1950 17,518 −0.7%
1960 17,007 −2.9%
1970 15,573 −8.4%
1980 14,118 −9.3%
1990 12,324 −12.7%
2000 11,529 −6.5%
2010 10,350 −10.2%
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

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.

History[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Sac 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 Sac County, Iowa: with biographical sketches of representative citizens and genealogical records of many of the old families. Indianapolis, Ind.: F. F. Bowen & Co., 1914. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Cherokee CountyBuena Vista CountyIda CountyCalhoun CountyCrawford CountyCarroll CountyPocahontas CountyIA SAC.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[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 Sac County, Iowa Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • Schaller Herald. 1957. Schaller, IA, USA. Online at: ($)
  • Sac Sun. 1955. Sac County, IA, USA. Online at: ($)

Obituaries[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]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Sac County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 54
Sac City, Iowa 50583

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]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Sac, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Iowa."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sac 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, "NSac County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 24 October 2019.