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

County Facts
County seat: Waverly
Organized: January 15, 1851
Parent County(s): ]]
Neighboring Counties
Black Hawk  • Buchanan  • Butler  • Chickasaw  • Fayette  • Floyd
See County Maps
Location Map
Iowa Bremer Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Fredrika Bremer. The County has Waverly as its seat and the County was created 1851. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Bremer County Courthouse
415 E. Bremer Avenue
Waverly, IA 50677
Phone: (319) 352-5661

Bremer County Website

Bremer County Courthouse
415 E. Bremer Avenue
Waverly, IA 50677
(319) 352-5661 Bremer County

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

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1800s 1800s 1800s 1853 1800s 1852 1847
Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths Jan 1891. General compliance by 1924.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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
  • [Bremer
  • [Horton
  • [Waverly Junction

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Bremer County, Iowa online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Iowa Cemeteries for more information.


Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 4,915
1870 12,528 154.9%
1880 14,081 12.4%
1890 14,630 3.9%
1900 16,305 11.4%
1910 15,843 −2.8%
1920 16,728 5.6%
1930 17,046 1.9%
1940 17,932 5.2%
1950 18,884 5.3%
1960 21,108 11.8%
1970 22,737 7.7%
1980 24,820 9.2%
1990 22,813 −8.1%
2000 23,325 2.2%
2010 24,276 4.1%
Source: "".

Iowa recorded not only the federal census but state census through out the years too. The state census contains very valuable genealogical information. Where the census information can be found, what years it was taken, mortality schedules, census substitutions and much more is discussed in the very informative Iowa Census article.

State Census

Church Records[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.


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

St. John's Lutheran Church, Plainfield

  • Records of the St. John's Lutheran Church, Plainfield, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Waverly

  • Records of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Waverly, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Iowa Land and Property for additional information about early Iowa land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Bremer County, which may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see Iowa Local Histories.

Local histories are available for AdkinsWH/Sandbox Temp 1. 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.

  • Grawe, J. F. History of Bremer County, Iowa a record of settlement, organization, progress and achievement. Chicago S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1914.
  • *Vol 1 Online at FamilySearch (Free)
  • *Vol 2 Online at FamilySearch (Free)
  • History of Butler and Bremer counties, Iowa together with sketches of their towns, villages and townships, educational, civil, military and political history ; portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens History of Iowa, embracing accounts of the prehistoric race, and a brief review of its civil, political, and military history. Springfield, Illinois Union Pub. Co., 1883.
  • Lucas, W. V. Pioneer days of Bremer County, Iowa. Waverly, Iowa Waverly Democrat, 1918.
  • *Online at FamilySearch (Free)
  • Iowa Indexes at — Select the county.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Floyd CountyChickasaw CountyFayette CountyBuchanan CountyBlack Hawk CountyGrundy CountyButler CountyIA BREMER.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Online Civil War Indexes and Records

Regiments. Service men in AdkinsWH/Sandbox Temp 1 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 AdkinsWH/Sandbox Temp 1:

- 9th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Iowa tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Tax lists were usually made every year, however, 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, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Iowa Department of Public Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also How to order Iowa Vital Records or order electronically online.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Bremer County Iowa Genealogical Society
426 Washington Street
Denver, IA 5062
Membership: 2392 Hilton Avenue
Waverly, IA 50677-9033
Website Bremer County Historical Society
402 W. Bremer Ave
Waverly, IA 50677

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Bremer, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Iowa.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Bremer County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 22 August 2019.