Story County, Iowa Genealogy

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

Story County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Story County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded January 13, 1846
County Seat Nevada
Iowa, Story County Courthouse.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

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

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1880 1854 1880 1854 1853 1854 1847
Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths Jan 1891. General compliance by 1924.

County Courthouses[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1846--Story County was created 13 January 1846 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Boone, Polk, and Linn Counties prior to organization 1June 1853. County seat: Nevada [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]

1864 Fire burned the courthouse on January 1.

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]

Boone • Hamilton • Hardin • Jasper • Marshall • Polk

Resources[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.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 4,051
1870 11,651 187.6%
1880 16,906 45.1%
1890 18,127 7.2%
1900 23,159 27.8%
1910 24,083 4.0%
1920 26,185 8.7%
1930 31,141 18.9%
1940 33,434 7.4%
1950 44,294 32.5%
1960 49,327 11.4%
1970 62,783 27.3%
1980 72,326 15.2%
1990 74,252 2.7%
2000 79,981 7.7%
2010 89,542 12.0%
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

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[edit | edit source]

Ward and Branch Records

  • Ames
Lutheran[edit | edit source]


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Ames, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).


  • Records of the Bethania (Bethany) Lutheran Church, Kelley, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Gilbert, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Roland, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Slater, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Story City

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Story City, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Story County

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Story County, 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 Story 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.

  • A history of the town of Ames, Story County, Iowa: together with a brief description of the surrounding country, and the Iowa State Agricultural College, located at Ames. By Cyrus E. Turner. Ames, Iowa: Ames Intelligencer, 1871. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, ISU Library.
  • Resources and wealth of Story County, Iowa: a pamphlet containing a description of Story County. By W. C. B. Allen. Nevada, Iowa : Representative Power Press Print, 1880. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Hamilton CountyHardin CountyMarshall CountyJasper CountyPolk CountyBoone CountyIA STORY.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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

- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives

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]
Death[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Story County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 692
Ames, Iowa 50010

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Story, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Iowa."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Story 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, "Story County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Iowa, accessed 31 October 2019.