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

County Facts
County seat: Muscatine
Organized: December 7, 1836[1]
Parent County(s): Des Moines[2]
Neighboring Counties
Cedar  • Johnson  • Louisa  • Scott  • Mercer (IL)  • Rock Island (IL)
See County Maps
Iowa, Muscatine County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Iowa Muscatine Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Muscatine County was named for the Mascouten tribe and is located in east-central Iowa.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Muscatine County Courthouse
401 East 3rd Street
Muscatine, IA 52761
Phone: 563-263-6511
Muscatine County Website

Muscatine 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[4]
Marriage Court Land Probate Census
1880 1838 1880 1839 1838 1838 1847
* Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths January 1891. General compliance by 1924.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1864 Courthouse was destroyed by fire, but no records were reported lost.

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:[7]

Unincorporated communities

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 Muscatine 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]

Iowa recorded not only federal, but state censuses for several in-between years as well. For more information, see the very informative Iowa Census article.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 5,731
1860 16,444 186.9%
1870 21,688 31.9%
1880 23,170 6.8%
1890 24,504 5.8%
1900 28,242 15.3%
1910 29,505 4.5%
1920 29,042 −1.6%
1930 29,385 1.2%
1940 31,296 6.5%
1950 32,148 2.7%
1960 33,840 5.3%
1970 37,181 9.9%
1980 40,436 8.8%
1990 39,907 −1.3%
2000 41,722 4.5%
2010 42,745 2.5%
Source: "".

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.


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. 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.

Online Land and Property Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

  • Early recollections of Bloomington and its surroundings. 1887. By Josiah Proctor Walton. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • History of Muscatine County, Iowa: from the earliest settlements to the present time. 1911. By Irving B. Richman. Chicago, IL: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 2, Internet Archive Vol 1, HathiTrust Vol 1.
  • Log cabin history of the settlement of Wapsinonoc, Pike and Springdale townships. 1903. By L. O. Mosher, West Liberty, IA: Enterprise Printing House. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • The fork of the rivers : history is people--history and partial genealogy of people of Oakland-Orono Townships, Louisa-Muscatine Counties (Iowa).1978. By Mabel Estle Brown, Conesville, IA: Brown. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Iowa Indexes at — Select the county.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

County and state maps, historical and more current, are valuable research tools. For online maps and collections in libraries and societies, see Iowa Maps. Historical maps may be especially useful.

Johnson CountyCedar CountyScott CountyLouisa CountyMercer CountyRock Island CountyIA MUSCATINE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War Civil War service men in Muscatine County 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 here:

- 1st Regiment, Iowa Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company A and C
- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company A and G
- 7th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company A
- 11th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A, D, H, an I
- 16th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company C
- 18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E and K
- 44th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company B

Online Civil War Indexes and Records

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[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.

Online Tax Indexes and Records

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.

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]

Listed below are archives in Muscatine County. For state-wide library facilities, see Iowa Archives and Libraries.

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

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Muscatine County. For state-wide library facilities, see Iowa Archives and Libraries.

Musser Public Library
408 East 2nd Street
Muscatine, IA 52761

West Liberty Public Library
400 N. Spencer Street
West Liberty, IA 52776

Wilton Public Library
1215 Cypress Street
PO Box 447
Wilton, IA 52778

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Muscatine County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Iowa Societies.

Muscatine County Genealogical Society
323 Main
Muscatine, IA 52761-3867

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed on 11 April 2021.
  2. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed on 11 April 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Muscatine, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Iowa."
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed on 11 April 2021.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Muscatine County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Iowa#Communities, accessed 20 October 2019.