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=== Description ===
 
=== Description ===
The County was named for the eponymous chief of the Sac Indians. The County has Sigourney as its seat and the County was created February 17, 1843. The County is located in the east central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Keokuk, Iowa," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keokuk_County,_Iowa."</ref>
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The County was named for the eponymous chief of the Sac Indians. The County is located in the east central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Keokuk, Iowa," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keokuk_County,_Iowa."</ref>
  
 
=== County Courthouse ===
 
=== County Courthouse ===

Revision as of 11:10, 9 July 2021

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

County Facts
County seat: Sigourney
Organized: December 21, 1837
Parent County(s): Dubuque
Neighboring Counties
Iowa  • Jefferson  • Mahaska  • Poweshiek  • Wapello  • Washington
See County Maps
Courthouse
Iowa, Keokuk County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Iowa Keokuk Map.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the eponymous chief of the Sac Indians. The County is located in the east central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Keokuk 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]
Marriage Court Land Probate Census
1880 1845 1880 1845 1844 1845 1847
* Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths January 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]

Cities
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 Keokuk 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 4,822
1860 13,271 175.2%
1870 19,434 46.4%
1880 21,258 9.4%
1890 23,862 12.2%
1900 24,979 4.7%
1910 21,160 −15.3%
1920 20,983 −0.8%
1930 19,148 −8.7%
1940 18,406 −3.9%
1950 16,797 −8.7%
1960 15,492 −7.8%
1970 13,943 −10.0%
1980 12,921 −7.3%
1990 11,624 −10.0%
2000 11,400 −1.9%
2010 10,511 −7.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

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.

Poweshiek CountyIowa CountyMahaska CountyWapello CountyJefferson CountyWashington CountyIA KEOKUK.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Civil War
Civil War service men in Keokuk 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 Cavalry, Company I
- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry , Company C
- 5th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 7th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
- 8th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 47th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company H

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libaries
Keo-Mah Genealogical Society
209 A Ave East
Oskaloosa, IA 52577-2807
Telephone:641-673-9373
E-mail: keomahgenealogy@mahaska.org
Website

Keokuk County Historical Society & Museum
PO Box 123
East & Elm Streets
Sigourney IA 52591
Telephone:641-622-3005
Website

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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 Keokuk 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 Keokuk County. For state-wide library facilities, see Iowa Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

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  • 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, "Keokuk, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keokuk_County,_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, "Keokuk County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keokuk_County,_Iowa, accessed 30 September 2019.