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Revision as of 11:32, 15 April 2021

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

County Facts
County seat: Corning
Organized: March 7, 1853[1]
Parent County(s): Pottawattamie [2]
Neighboring Counties
Adair  • Cass  • Montgomery  • Page  • Ringgold  • Taylor  • Union
See County Maps
Courthouse
Iowa, Adams County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Iowa Adams Map.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for John Adams. The County is located in the southwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Adams County Courthouse
500 9th St.
Corning, IA 50841
Phone: 515-322-4711
Adams County Website

Adams 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]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1880 1853 1880 1860 1853 1860 1847
* Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths Jan 1891. General compliance by 1924.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1888 Courthouse burned on February 1, 1888 and some early records were destroyed.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

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:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
  • Stringtown
Townships


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 Adams 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 1,533
1870 4,614 201.0%
1880 11,888 157.7%
1890 12,292 3.4%
1900 13,601 10.6%
1910 10,998 −19.1%
1920 10,521 −4.3%
1930 10,437 −0.8%
1940 10,156 −2.7%
1950 8,753 −13.8%
1960 7,468 −14.7%
1970 6,322 −15.3%
1980 5,731 −9.3%
1990 4,866 −15.1%
2000 4,482 −7.9%
2010 4,029 −10.1%
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 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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

  • A Brief history of Corning and Adams County, Iowa, on the occasion of observing Corning's first 100 years 1857-1957 Corning Iowa centurama. Corning, Iowa Free Press Publishing Co., 1957 at FamilySearch.
  • Adams County History Book Committee (Corning, Iowa). History of Adams County, Iowa. Corning, Iowa Corning Departmental Club and Civic Department, c1984, at FamilySearch.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Cass CountyAdair CountyMontgomery CountyPage CountyTaylor CountyRinggold CountyUnion CountyIA ADAMS.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 Adams 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 in

- 4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
- 29th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D

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.

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.

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]

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]

Corning Public Library
603 9th Street
Corning, IA 50841
641-322-3866
Email:cornpl@mchsi.com
Website

Prescott Public Library
607 2nd Street
Prescott, IA 50859
641-335-2238
E-mail:prescottlibrary@windstream.net
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

French Icarian Colony Foundation
710 Davis Avenue
Suite 1
Corning, IA 50841
641-322-4717
E-mail:icaria@frontiernet.net
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Adams County Genealogical Society
Public Library
603 9th Street
Corning IA 50841-1034
E-mail:rgcox2@gmail.com
Website

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 12 April 2021.
  2. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed on 12 April 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Iowa; accessed on 12 April 2021
  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 12 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. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 12 April 2021.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Iowa, accessed on 12 April 2021.