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

County Facts
County seat: Centerville
Organized: August 3, 1846[1]
Parent County(s): Van Buren and non-County area 5.[2]
Neighboring Counties
Davis  • Lucas  • Monroe  • Wapello  • Wayne  • Putnam (MO)  • Schuyler (MO)
See County Maps
Courthouse
Iowa, Appanoose County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Iowa Appanoose Map.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Chief Appanoose. The County is located in the south central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Appanoose County Courthouse
201 North 12th Street
Centerville, IA 52544
Phone:515-856-6101
Appanoose County Website

Appanoose 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 1846 1880 1847 1850 1847 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:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
  • Jerome
  • Walnut City
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Lewis, S. Thompson. Biographical and Genealogical History of Appanoose and Monroe Counties, Iowa.. New York Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1903 at Internet Archive.
  • Biographies from Biographical and Genealogical History of Appanoose and Monroe Counties, Iowa, [9]
  • Biographical and Historical Record of Wayne and Appanoose Counties, Iowa Archive with index. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Company, 1886
  • Biographies from Biographical and Historical Record of Wayne and Appanoose Counties, Iowa are transcribed at Iowa Biographies Project.
  • Biographies from Past and Present of Appanoose County, Iowa are transcribed at Iowa Biographies Project.
  • Centerville: Oral interviews in Centerville, Iowa, conducted on 13 October 1981 [10]
  • Mystic: Oral interviews in Mystic, Iowa, conducted in 1981 [11]
  • Who's Who in Iowa, a Biographical Record of Iowa's Leaders in Business, Professional and Public Life. [12]
  • Who's Who in 1940 online on the Appanoose County IAGenWeb page
  • Biographical and genealogical history of Appanoose and Monroe Counties, Iowa at Ancestry($)
  • Biographical and historical record of Wayne and Appanoose Counties, Iowa: containing portraits of all the presidents of the United States from Washington to Cleveland at Ancestry($)

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

  • The Industrial History of Appanoose County, Iowa. [13]

Mining

  • The History of Coal Mining in Appanoose County, Iowa [14]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Appanoose 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.
1850 3,131
1860 11,931 281.1%
1870 16,456 37.9%
1880 16,636 1.1%
1890 18,961 14.0%
1900 25,927 36.7%
1910 28,701 10.7%
1920 30,535 6.4%
1930 24,835 −18.7%
1940 24,245 −2.4%
1950 19,683 −18.8%
1960 16,015 −18.6%
1970 15,007 −6.3%
1980 15,511 3.4%
1990 13,743 −11.4%
2000 13,721 −0.2%
2010 12,884 −6.1%
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.

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

United Methodist Church

  • Iowa Churches: A File at the Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. [15] This file consists of church histories, anniversary programs, and newspaper clippings. It is arranged by towns or by the name of the church.
  • Ministerial Biographies: A File in the Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. [16]These films contain biographies, mainly of Methodist ministers.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

  • Inventory of County Records - Appanoose County, Iowa. [17]

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

1843 Established in 1843, Appanoose County was named for a chief of the Sac and the Fox Indian tribes that lead the peace party during the Black Hawk War. Appanoose means "A Chief When a Child." During the first part of the 20th century, mining was a major factor in Appanoose.

Online Local Histories and indexes

Additional County Histories

  • Appanoose County Historical Society, Compiled by. The History of Appanoose County, Iowa - 1986. Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Company, 1986; 1986 Appanoose County History Book Index; Centerville, IA: Appanoose County Genealogical Society, 1990.
  • Arnold, John, Compilor. A Pictorial History of Appanoose County, Iowa. Volume I. Marceline, MO: D-Books Publishing, 1996.
  • Beck, Robert Knowlton. 100th Anniversary: Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, Centerville, Iowa, 1896-1996. Centerville, IA: Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, 1996.
  • Beck, Robert Knowlton. Report on the Rathbun Dam Centerville, IA: Daily Iowegian, 1954?.
  • Beck, Robert Knowlton, and Dan Ehl. Rathbun Dam History. Centerville, IA: Iowegian, 1976
  • Early Pioneer Stories Centerville, IA: Appanoose County Genealogical Society, 19??. Reprint of articles in the Progress Anniversary Edition of the Centerville Daily Iowegian, 10 January, 1934.
  • Hair, James T., compilor and editor, Post Offices in Appanoose County, 1865 from Iowa State Gazetteer Chicago: Bailey Hair, 1865
  • Heusinkveld, W. M.; Historical Sketches of Pioneer Days in Appanoose County, Iowa Centerville, IA: Bill Heusinkveld, 2004, Originally written as columns for the Centerville Daily Iowegian from July 2002 to July 2004.
  • Heusinkveld, W. M. This Day in Iowa History. Centerville, IA: Appanoose County Sesquicentennial Commission, 1995.
  • Johnson, Helen Taylor. Rural School Memories, Appanoose County, Iowa. Centerville, IA: Helen Taylor Johnson, 19?? — Information, memories and pictures contributed by many volunteers about the 140 schools in Appanoose County in 1912.
  • Johnson, M. Ruth, Compiled and Researched; Postoffices and Postmasters of Appanoose County, Iowa, 1846 to 1988. Centerville, IA: M. Ruth Johnson, 1988.
  • Pioneer Roll of Honor published in the Daily Iowegian, 10 January 1934, and reprinted by the Appanoose County Genealogical Society.
  • Ramsey, Guy R. Names of Old Towns Fading into Haze of Past Memories, The Daily Iowegian, 28 November 1948.
  • Stamps, Maurice. Shoal Creek Legends. Seymour, IA: Seymour Community Club, April 2007. — The three volumes of Shoal Creek Legends were originally newspaper articles published in The Seymour Herald; printed and sold by the Seymour Community Club as fundraising projects. Maurice Stamps grew up around Shoal Creek in Franklin Township, Appanoose County, and served many years as a teacher and administrator in the Seymour Community Schools.
  • Stamps, Maurice. Shoal Creek Legends 3 Seymour, IA: Seymour Community Club, 2009.
  • Stamps, Maurice. More Shoal Creek Legends. Seymour, IA: Seymour Community Club, August 2007.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Lucas CountyMonroe CountyWapello CountyWayne CountyDavis CountyPutnam CountySchuyler CountyIA APPANOOSE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Appanoose County for European settlers included:

  • 1846 Mormon Trail, 1846 from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah[18]
  • Mormon Trails Across Appanoose County, Iowa. [19]
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The usage of "Mormon" and "LDS" on this page is approved according to current policy.


Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Civil War service men in Appanoose 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

- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry , Company I
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies D and F
- 7th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 8th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Companies F and H
- 17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 36th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies C, F, G and I
- 47th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company B
  • Nine Appanoose Regiments in the Civil War [20]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

The Newspaper Directory on the Library of Congress' Chronicling America lists 21 newspapers which have been published in Appanoose County, Iowa. The site tells the years in which each newspaper was published, detailed information about each paper, and identifies the major libraries that have holdings of it and which issues each library holds. There were other newspapers (in Mystic and Cincinnati) published in Appanoose County, but no copies of them exist. Also, information on Appanoose County often appeared in newspapers in neighboring counties -- Wayne County, Davis County, Lucas County, Monroe County, Wapello County in Iowa; and Putnam County and Schuyler County in Missouri. NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of digitized Iowa newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.

  • The Appanoose Times. 1881-1882 Centerville, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry($)
  • The Weekly Citizen. 1870-1872 Centerville, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry($)
  • The Centerville Citizen. 1872-1873, 1881 Centerville, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry($)
  • Centerville Times. 1881-1882 Centerville, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry($)

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

  • 1899-1939, 1910-1950 Book of obituaries, Appanoose County, Iowa Newspapers clippings 1899-1939 and 1910-1950 [21]

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

  • 1848-1930 List of books or films containing Probate information for Appanoose County from 1848 to 1930.

Probation

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]

Drake Public Library
115 Drake Avenue
Centerville, Iowa 52544
641-856-6676
Email:drake@centerville.lib.ia.us
Website

Garrett Memorial Library
123 S. Main Street
Moulton, IA 52572
641-642-3664
Email:Chelsey.wentz@moulton.lib.ia.us
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

The Appanoose County Historical & Coal Mining Museum
100 West Maple
Centerville, IA 52544
641-856-8040
E-mail:appanoosehistory@yahoo.com
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Appanoose County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 684
Centerville, Iowa 52544-0684
E-mail: acgs2005@hotmail.com
Website

'The Appanoose County Historical Society
100 West Maple
Centerville, IA 52544
641-856-8040
E-mail:appanoosehistory@yahoo.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 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, "Appanoose, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appanoose_County,_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. https://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/IA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Iowa Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed on 11 April 2021.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Appanoose County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appanoose_County,_Iowa, accessed 22 November 2018.
  9. transcribed at Iowa Biographies Project
  10. with John Buban, Charles Cortesio, Charles Fox and Joe Padavich; one microfilm reel - 35 mm;
  11. with John and Jennie Ducey, Marcel Gerard, and John Kuchan; one microfil reel - 35 mm.
  12. The Iowa Press Association. Who's Who in Iowa, a Biographical Record of Iowa's Leaders in Business, Professional and Public Life. Des Moines, IA: Iowa Press Association, 1940; Transcriptions of the biographical sketches of Appanoose County's leaders included in this publication are online on the Appanoose County IAGenWeb page.
  13. Iowa State Planning Board, Committee on Business and Industry. The Industrial History of Appanoose County, Iowa. Des Moines, IA: Iowa State Planning Board, Committee on Business and Industry, 1935 Online in the Iowa Digital Library
  14. Heusinkveld, W. M. The History of Coal Mining in Appanoose County, Iowa Centerville, IA: W. M. Heusinkveld, 2007
  15. Films FHL 956387–417
  16. Films FHL 956418–42
  17. Jones, Mark H. Inventory of County Records - Appanoose County, Iowa. Iowa City, IA: County Records Project, Iowa State Historical Department, Division of State Historical Society, 1978] Film FHL 1036271, Item #18, Salt Lake City, UT:;Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979
  18. 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).
  19. Heusinkveld, Willis M., Editor. Mormon Trails Across Appanoose County, Iowa. Centerville, IA: Appanoose County Mormon Trail Association, 1995
  20. Heusinkveld, W. M. Nine Appanoose Regiments in the Civil War Centerville, IA: W. M. Heusinkveld, 2007
  21. Singley, Eva B; Book of obituaries, Appanoose County, Iowa Newspaper clippings 1910-1950 FHL 1703826 Items 8-11 1899-1939 FHL 703827 Item 1
  22. Early births in Appanoose County, Iowa 1880-1901 FHL 977.789 V2
  23. Birth records, 1880-1935 Films Birth records v. 5 (partial copy) 1909-1914 FHL 1007186 Item 5 Birth records v. 5-6, 1909-1935 FHL 1674113 Items 1 - 2Register of births v. 1-2 1880-1895 FHL 1007185 Register of births v. 3-4, 1895-1908 FHL 1007186 Items 1 - 3
  24. Index to early marriages, Appanoose County, Iowa FHL 977.789 V22i
  25. FHL CD-ROM no. 9 pt. 222
  26. Marriage records, 1842-1928 List of Records found at the Family History Library
  27. Early deaths in Appanoose County, Iowa Book FHL 977.789 V22