Cedar County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Tipton
Organized: December 21, 1837[1]
Parent County(s): Dubuque (part of Wisconsin Territory)[2]
Neighboring Counties
Linn  • Jones  • Jackson  • Clinton  • Scott  • Johnson  • Muscatine
See County Maps
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Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Cedar County was named for the Cedar River and is located in southeastern Iowa.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Cedar County Courthouse
400 Cedar St
Tipton, IA 52772
Phone: 563-886-2230
Cedar County Website

Cedar 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 1840 1880 1839 1838 1839 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:[7]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Listed below are resources for Bible records specific to Cedar 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 Cedar 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 3,941
1860 12,949 228.6%
1870 19,731 52.4%
1880 18,936 −4.0%
1890 18,253 −3.6%
1900 19,371 6.1%
1910 17,765 −8.3%
1920 17,560 −1.2%
1930 16,760 −4.6%
1940 16,884 0.7%
1950 16,910 0.2%
1960 17,791 5.2%
1970 17,655 −0.8%
1980 18,635 5.6%
1990 17,444 −6.4%
2000 18,187 4.3%
2010 18,499 1.7%
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.

Online Land and Property Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Cedar 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.

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Cedar 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 Cedar 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:

- 5th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
- 11th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 24th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies B, C, and D
- 46th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), 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]

Online Obituaries and Indexes

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

West Branch Public Library
300 N Downey St
PO Box 460
West Branch, IA 52358
Email: staff@wbpl.org

Tipton Public Library
206 Cedar St
Tipton, IA 52772

Museums[edit | edit source]

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
210 Parkside Dr
PO Box 488
West Branch, IA 52358
Email: hoover.library@nara.gov

Cedar County Historical Society Museum
1094 Hwy 38
PO Box 254
Tipton, IA 52772
Email: cchsmus@netins.net

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Cedar County Genealogical Society
Box 52
Tipton, IA 52772-0052

Cedar County Historical Society & Museum
1094 Hwy 38
Tipton, IA 52772
E-mail: cchsmus@netins.net

Lowden Historical Society Museum and Library
503 Main St
PO Box 15
Lowden IA 52255

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Cedar County at Cyndi's List - a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
  • Cedar County at Genealogy Trails - volunteer transcriptions of genealogical and historical data
  • Cedar County at Iowa USGenWeb - free online resources for genealogical research
  • Cedar 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, "Cedar River, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedar_County,_Iowa, accessed on 1 June 2021
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cedar 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.
  5. Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 24 May 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Cedar County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedar_County%2C_Iowa#Communities, accessed 26 August 2019.
  8. 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).