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Guide to '''Decatur County, Iowa ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>  
 
Guide to '''Decatur County, Iowa ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>  
{{Click|Image:IA_ORP.png|Iowa Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County  
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<div id="fsButtons"><span class="online_records_button">[[Iowa Online Genealogy Records]]</span></div> {{Infobox U.S. County  
 
| county = Decatur County  
 
| county = Decatur County  
 
| county_map = Iowa Decatur Map.png
 
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| founded date = January 13
 
| founded date = January 13
 
| seat = Leon
 
| seat = Leon
| building image = IowaDecaturCourthouse.jpg
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| building image = Iowa, Decatur County Courthouse.png
 
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths Jan 1891. General compliance by 1924.</center>
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths January 1891. General compliance by 1924.</center>
 
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=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
  
[[Image:Stephen Decatur.JPG|thumb|right|200px|Stephen Decatur.JPG]]  
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[[Image:Stephen Decatur.JPG|thumb|right|200px|<center>Stephen Decatur</center>]]  
  
 
The county is named after U.S. naval officer [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Decatur Stephen Decatur] (1779-1820).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies "List of counties in Tennessee"], Wikipedia.</ref>  
 
The county is named after U.S. naval officer [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Decatur Stephen Decatur] (1779-1820).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies "List of counties in Tennessee"], Wikipedia.</ref>  
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''  
 
'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''  
  
*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Decatur, Center Township|place|disp=Center Township}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Decatur, Davis City|place|disp=Davis City}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Decatur, Garden Grove|place|disp=Garden Grove}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Decatur, Garden Grove Township|place|disp=Garden Grove Township}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Decatur, Grand River|place|disp=Grand River}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Decatur, High Point|place|disp=High Point}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Decatur, Lamoni|place|disp=Lamoni}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Decatur, Leon|place|disp=Leon}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Decatur, Oland|place|disp=Oland}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Decatur, Pleasanton|place|disp=Pleasanton}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Decatur, Terre Haute|place|disp=Terre Haute}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Decatur, Weldon|place|disp=Weldon}}
 
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://iowa.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,053,c,decatur.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Decatur County, Iowa," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decatur_County,_Iowa, accessed 2 September 2019.</ref>
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{{Populated places
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davis_City,_Iowa Davis City]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decatur_City,_Iowa Decatur City]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_Grove,_Iowa Garden Grove]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_River,_Iowa Grand River]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamoni,_Iowa Lamoni]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon,_Iowa Leon]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Roy,_Iowa Le Roy]
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</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleasanton,_Iowa Pleasanton]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Wert,_Iowa Van Wert]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weldon,_Iowa Weldon]
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Decatur, Terre Haute|place|disp=Terre Haute}}
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomington_Township,_Decatur_County,_Iowa Bloomington]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrell_Township,_Decatur_County,_Iowa Burrell]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_Township,_Decatur_County,_Iowa Center]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decatur_Township,_Decatur_County,_Iowa Decatur]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eden_Township,_Decatur_County,_Iowa Eden]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayette_Township,_Decatur_County,_Iowa Fayette]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Township,_Decatur_County,_Iowa Franklin]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_Grove_Township,_Decatur_County,_Iowa Garden Grove]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_River_Township,_Decatur_County,_Iowa Grand River]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamilton_Township,_Decatur_County,_Iowa Hamilton]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Point_Township,_Decatur_County,_Iowa High Point]
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</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Creek_Township,_Decatur_County,_Iowa Long Creek]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_Township,_Decatur_County,_Iowa Morgan]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Buda_Township,_Decatur_County,_Iowa New Buda]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richland_Township,_Decatur_County,_Iowa Richland]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodland_Township,_Decatur_County,_Iowa Woodland]
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</div>
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}}
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Clarke County, Iowa Genealogy|Clarke]]{{•}} [[Lucas County, Iowa Genealogy|Lucas]]{{•}} [[Ringgold County, Iowa Genealogy|Ringgold]]{{•}} [[Union County, Iowa Genealogy|Union]]{{•}} [[Wayne County, Iowa Genealogy|Wayne]]{{•}} [[Harrison County, Missouri Genealogy|Harrison County, Missouri]]{{•}} [[Mercer County, Missouri Genealogy|Mercer County, Missouri]]  
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[[Clarke County, Iowa Genealogy|Clarke]]{{•}} [[Lucas County, Iowa Genealogy|Lucas]]{{•}} [[Ringgold County, Iowa Genealogy|Ringgold]]{{•}} [[Union County, Iowa Genealogy|Union]]{{•}} [[Wayne County, Iowa Genealogy|Wayne]]{{•}} [[Harrison County, Missouri Genealogy|Harrison County, Missouri]]{{•}} [[Mercer County, Missouri Genealogy|Mercer County, Missouri]]
<center>{{IADecatur County, Iowa Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Iowa/Decatur-County?id=county_573 Findagrave.com]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Iowa/Decatur-County?id=county_573 Findagrave.com]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iagenweb.org/decatur/cem.html IAGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iagenweb.org/decatur/cemeteryDocs/cem_index.html IAGenWeb]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Decatur+Iowa&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Decatur+Iowa&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ia/decatur/cemetery.html IAGenWeb Archives]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ia/decatur/cemetery.html IAGenWeb Archives]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=394060&reqParentsLabel=Decatur%2C%20Iowa%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypes=20&reqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]
 
|-
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/iowa/decatur.html Tombstone Project]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/iowa/decatur.html Tombstone Project]
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=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decatur_County,_Iowa#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1850 |965 
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|1860 |8677 
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|1870 |12018 
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|1880 |15336
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|1890 |15643
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|1900 |18115
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|1910 |16347
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|1920 |16566
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|1930 |14903
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|1940 |14012
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|1950 |12601
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|1960 |10539
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|1970 |9737 
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|1980 |9794 
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|1990 |8338 
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|2000 |8689
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|2010 |8457
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}}
  
 
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.
 
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.
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{{IA Church Intro}}  
 
{{IA Church Intro}}  
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'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=394060&reqParentsLabel=Decatur%2C%20Iowa%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]'''
  
 
LDS Ward and Branch&nbsp;Records  
 
LDS Ward and Branch&nbsp;Records  
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*Howell, J. M. ''History of Decatur County, Iowa, and its people''. Chicago&nbsp;: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1915.  
 
*Howell, J. M. ''History of Decatur County, Iowa, and its people''. Chicago&nbsp;: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1915.  
**Vol 1 Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE743997 FamilySearch] (Free); and at [https://archive.org/details/historyofdecatur00howe Internetarchive] (Free)  
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**Vol 1 Online at [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/584039-history-of-decatur-county-iowa-and-its-people-v-1?offset=1 FamilySearch] (Free); and at [https://archive.org/details/historyofdecatur00howe Internetarchive] (Free)  
**Vol 2 Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE919464 FamilySearch] (Free); and at [https://archive.org/details/historyofdecatur02howe Internetarchive] (Free)  
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**Vol 2 Online at [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/415759-history-of-decatur-county-iowa-and-its-people-v-2?offset=1 FamilySearch] (Free); and at [https://archive.org/details/historyofdecatur02howe Internetarchive] (Free)  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=23751 History of Decatur County, Iowa, and its people] at Ancestry.com ($)
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=23751 History of Decatur County, Iowa, and its people] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
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{{IA Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{IA Decatur County}}}}  
 
{{IA Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{IA Decatur County}}}}  
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; Maps of Iowa]
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; Maps of Iowa]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=394060&reqParentsLabel=Decatur%2C%20Iowa%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=8&reqTypeLabel=Cities%20and%20Towns FamilySearch Places]:Cities and Towns- [[FamilySearch Places|How to Use FS Places]]
  
 
=== Migration  ===
 
=== Migration  ===
  
 
Early migration routes to and from {{PAGENAME}} for European settlers included:  
 
Early migration routes to and from {{PAGENAME}} for European settlers included:  
 
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|{{MormonLDSRemoval}}
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:*[[Mormon Trail]] 1846 from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah<ref>National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in ''Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail'' at http://www.nps.gov/mopi/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
 
:*[[Mormon Trail]] 1846 from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah<ref>National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in ''Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail'' at http://www.nps.gov/mopi/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
  
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*'''1835-1998''' - {{RecordSearch|2515886|Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, ca. 1835-1998}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
*'''1835-1998''' - {{RecordSearch|2515886|Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, ca. 1835-1998}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
*'''1861-1949''' - {{RecordSearch|2351982|Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1861-1949''' - {{RecordSearch|2351982|Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1862-1910''' - {{RecordSearch|2821291|Iowa, Records of Persons Subject to Military Duty, 1862-1910}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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==== Civil War  ====
 
==== Civil War  ====
 
{{VAciv}}  
 
{{VAciv}}  
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:- [[48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)|48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company C  
 
:- [[48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)|48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company C  
 
:- [[17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company A<br>:- [[48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)|48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company C<br>:- [[4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company D
 
:- [[17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company A<br>:- [[48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)|48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company C<br>:- [[4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company D
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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*'''1859-1990''' - {{RecordSearch|3155890|United States, Iowa Naturalization Records, 1859-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
=== Newspapers  ===
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=== Probate  ===
 
=== Probate  ===
'''Online Probate Records'''
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''Online Probate Indexes and Records''
  
 
*'''1758 - 1997''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9064 Iowa Wills and Probate Records 1758-1997] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
 
*'''1758 - 1997''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9064 Iowa Wills and Probate Records 1758-1997] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
*'''1934-1946''' - {{RecordSearch|2573700|Iowa, Old Age Assistance Records, 1934-1946}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1934-1958''' - {{RecordSearch|2573700|Iowa, Old Age Tax Assistance Records, 1934-1958}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
 
 
{{IA Tax Intro}}
 
{{IA Tax Intro}}
  
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=====Marriages=====
 
=====Marriages=====
 
*'''1518-1996''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=iowa%2cia Iowa, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
*'''1518-1996''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=iowa%2cia Iowa, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
*'''1838-1934''' - {{RecordSearch|1805551|Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1809-1992''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-30192/iowa-marriages-1809-1992?s=275764761 Iowa, Marriages, 1809-1992] at MyHeritage ($) — index
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*'''1836-1926''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10206/iowa-marriages-1836-1926?s=275764761 Iowa, Marriages, 1836 - 1926] at MyHeritage ($) — index
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*'''1838-1934''' - {{RecordSearch|1805551|Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1880-1951''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/8823/ Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1951] at Ancestry.com ($) — index and images
  
 
=====Deaths=====
 
=====Deaths=====
*'''1850-1990''' - {{RecordSearch|1674841|Iowa, Deaths and Burials 1850-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] - index
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*'''1850-1990''' - {{RecordSearch|1674841|Iowa, Deaths and Burials 1850-1990}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - index
 
*'''1880-1992''' - {{RecordSearch|2110820|Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index<br>
 
*'''1880-1992''' - {{RecordSearch|2110820|Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index<br>
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*'''1900-1939''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10186/iowa-death-index-1900-1939?s=275764761 Iowa Death Index, 1900-1939] at MyHeritage ($) — index
 
*'''1904-1951''' - {{RecordSearch|2531337|Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1904-1951''' - {{RecordSearch|2531337|Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1920-1967''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/61442/ Iowa, Death Records, 1920-1967] at Ancestry.com ($) — index and images
  
 
=== Societies and Libraries  ===
 
=== Societies and Libraries  ===
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'''Decatur County Genealogical Society'''<br>Lamoni Public Library<br>301 West Main<br>Lamoni, IA 50140<br>Telephone:641-784-6686<br>E-mail: [mailto:lamonipl@grm.net lamonipl@grm.net]<br>  
 
'''Decatur County Genealogical Society'''<br>Lamoni Public Library<br>301 West Main<br>Lamoni, IA 50140<br>Telephone:641-784-6686<br>E-mail: [mailto:lamonipl@grm.net lamonipl@grm.net]<br>  
  
'''Decatur County Historical Society'''<br>100 block of North Main<br>Leon, Iowa 50140<br>[http://iagenweb.org/decatur/DecaturHistSoc.html Website]  
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'''Decatur County Historical Society'''<br>100 block of North Main<br>Leon, Iowa 50140<br>[http://iagenweb.org/decatur/Hist_Soc/Decatur_Hist_Society.html Website]  
  
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}  
  
 
==== Websites  ====
 
==== Websites  ====
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Latest revision as of 08:55, 21 July 2021

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

Decatur County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Decatur County
Location in the state of Iowa, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 13, 1846
County Seat Leon
Courthouse
Iowa, Decatur County Courthouse.png


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Stephen Decatur Jr. The County has Leon as its seat and the County was created 1846. The County is located in the south central area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Marriage Court Land Probate Census
1880 1880 1880 1871 1874 1880 1847
Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths January 1891. General compliance by 1924.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Decatur County Courthouse
207 Main Street
Leon, IA 50144-1647

(515) 446-4331

History[edit | edit source]

Stephen Decatur

The county is named after U.S. naval officer Stephen Decatur (1779-1820).[3]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1846--Decatur County was created 13 January 1846 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Davis County prior to organization 6 March 1850. 
County seat:  Leon [4]

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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1874 Courthouse was destroyed by fire on March 31 and most records were lost.

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:[5]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Townships


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Clarke • Lucas • Ringgold • Union • Wayne • Harrison County, Missouri • Mercer County, Missouri

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
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 965
1860 8,677 799.2%
1870 12,018 38.5%
1880 15,336 27.6%
1890 15,643 2.0%
1900 18,115 15.8%
1910 16,347 −9.8%
1920 16,566 1.3%
1930 14,903 −10.0%
1940 14,012 −6.0%
1950 12,601 −10.1%
1960 10,539 −16.4%
1970 9,737 −7.6%
1980 9,794 0.6%
1990 8,338 −14.9%
2000 8,689 4.2%
2010 8,457 −2.7%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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[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

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Garden Grove

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 Decatur 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.


Maps[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Decatur County, Iowa Genealogy for European settlers included:

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Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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

- 4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
- 48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company C
- 17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
:- 48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company C
:- 4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of digitized Iowa newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.

  • Leon Journal Record. 1938 Leon, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

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]

Decatur County Genealogical Society
Lamoni Public Library
301 West Main
Lamoni, IA 50140
Telephone:641-784-6686
E-mail: lamonipl@grm.net

Decatur County Historical Society
100 block of North Main
Leon, Iowa 50140
Website

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]



Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to Decatur 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 "decatur 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 "decatur county" in the search box
IAGenWeb Project Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
[1] [2][3] FamilySearch Free Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes
Sites that search for links pertaining to Decatur 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 ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS.com Free family history resources and government records
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Decatur 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 Decatur 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
genealogy.com IA Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Decatur County Message Board

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Decatur, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decatur_County,_Iowa.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Decatur 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. "List of counties in Tennessee", Wikipedia.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Decatur County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decatur_County,_Iowa, accessed 2 September 2019.
  6. National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/mopi/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).