Warren County, Iowa Genealogy

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

Buxton Park Gazebo and Arboretum located in Indianola, Warren County, Iowa
Warren County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Warren County
Location in the state of Iowa, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded January 13, 1846
County Seat Indianola
Iowa, Warren County Courthouse.png
Warren County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for General Joseph Warren, a hero in the American Revolutionary War. The County has Indianola as its seat and the County was created 1846. The County is located in the south central area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Marriage Court Land Probate Census
1880 1850 1880 1880 1849 1880 1847
Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths Jan 1891. General compliance by 1924.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1846--Warren County was created 13 January 1846 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Mahaska County prior to organization 10 February 1849. County seat: Indianola [3]

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]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

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:[4]

Unincorporated communities
  • Lincoln
  • Linn
  • Otter
  • Palmyra
  • Richland

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Clarke • Dallas • Lucas • Madison • Marion • Polk

Resources[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • All of the family biographies from the History of Warren County, Iowa (1879) by Union Historical Company are available free online at My Genealogy Hound.

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 961
1860 10,281 969.8%
1870 17,980 74.9%
1880 19,578 8.9%
1890 18,269 −6.7%
1900 20,376 11.5%
1910 18,194 −10.7%
1920 18,047 −0.8%
1930 17,700 −1.9%
1940 17,695 −0.0%
1950 17,758 0.4%
1960 20,829 17.3%
1970 27,432 31.7%
1980 34,878 27.1%
1990 36,033 3.3%
2000 40,671 12.9%
2010 46,225 13.7%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

Lutheran[edit | edit source]
  • Records of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Martensdale, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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.

Lutheran[edit | edit source]
  • Records of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Martensdale, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court[edit | edit source]

Directories[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 Warren 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]

Dallas CountyPolk CountyMarion CountyJasper CountyMadison CountyClarke CountyLucas CountyIA WARREN.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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

- 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company D
- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 10th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
- 10th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 15th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company A

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

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]

Warren County Genealogical Society
Box 151
Indianola, Iowa 50125
E-mail: wcgs@warrencountygenes.org

Warren County Historical Society
1400 W 2nd Ave
P.O. Box 256
Indianola, IA 50125
E-mail: contact@warrencountyhistory.org

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • 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]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Warren, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_County,_Iowa."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Warren 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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Warren County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_County%2C_Iowa, accessed 2 November 2019.