Cass County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Atlantic
Organized: March 7, 1853[1]
Parent County(s): Pottawattamie[2]
Neighboring Counties
Adair  • Adams  • Audubon  • Guthrie  • Montgomery  • Pottawattamie  • Shelby
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Cass County was named for Lewis Cass and is located in southwestern Iowa.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Cass County Courthouse
5 West 7th Street
Atlantic, IA 50022
712-243-2105
Cass County Website

Cass 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 1865 1853 1870 1847
* Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths January 1891. General compliance by 1924.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1932 Courthouse was destroyed by fire in March, but there is no reported record loss.

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
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Listed below are resources for Bible records specific to Cass County. To find more resources, go to the Iowa Bible Records page.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Cass 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.
1860 1,612
1870 5,464 239.0%
1880 16,943 210.1%
1890 19,642 15.9%
1900 21,274 8.3%
1910 19,047 −10.5%
1920 19,421 2.0%
1930 19,422 0.0%
1940 18,647 −4.0%
1950 18,532 −0.6%
1960 17,919 −3.3%
1970 17,007 −5.1%
1980 16,932 −0.4%
1990 15,128 −10.7%
2000 14,684 −2.9%
2010 13,956 −5.0%
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.

Church Records and Indexes

Lutheran

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.

Online Land and Property Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

  • Compendium of history and biography of Cass County, Iowa pioneer history and formation of present county system, patriotic war record, detailed township history, with sketches of towns, biographies of old settlers, and others who have made Cass County what it is. Chicago, Illinois Henry Taylor, 1906. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Hathitrust
  • History of Cass County, Iowa together with sketches of its towns, villages and townships, portraits of prominent persons and biographies of old settlers and representative citizens; history of Iowa. Springfield, Illinois Continental Historical Co., 1884. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Internet Archive; Hathitrust
  • Cass County in the World War, 1917-1918-1919. 1919. J.C. Beard. Atlantic, Iowa: J.C. Beard. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Internet Archive
  • Exposition souvenir album. 1904. Charles F. Chase. Atlantic, Iowa Democrat Pub. Co. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library

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.

Shelby CountyAudubon CountyGuthrie CountyPottawattamie CountyAdair CountyAdams CountyMontgomery CountyIA CASS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

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

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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 Cass 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:

- 23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Please see the Iowa Naturalization and Citizenship page for state-wide information.

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.

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

Atlantic Public Library
507 Poplar St
Atlantic, IA 50022
712-243-5466
E-mail: atlanticpubliclibrary@gmail.com
Website

Cumberland Public Library
119 Main St
Cumberland, IA 50843-0150
712-774-5334
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Cass County Historical Museum
408 Main St
Griswold, IA 51535
712-778-5040
E-mail: casshistory@netins.net
Facebook

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Cass County Genealogical Society
507 Poplar St
Atlantic, Iowa 50022-1241
712-243-5466
E-mail: casscgs@gmail.com
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Cass County at Cyndi's List - a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
  • Cass County at Genealogy Trails - volunteer transcriptions of genealogical and historical data
  • Cass County at Iowa USGenWeb - free online resources for genealogical research
  • Cass County at Iowa USGenWeb Archives - free online data for genealogical research
  • State Historical Society of Iowa — select from research collection topics
  • State Library of Iowa — electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies
  • The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection — digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions
  • 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. Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 24 May 2021.
  2. Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 24 May 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Cass, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_County,_Iowa." accessed on 1 June 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. Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 24 May 2021.
  6. Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 24 May 2021.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Cass County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_County,_Iowa, accessed 25 August 2019.
  9. 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).