Grundy County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Grundy Center[1]
Organized: 25 December 1856 [2]
Parent County(s): Unorganized territory [3]
Neighboring Counties
Black Hawk  • Butler  • Franklin  • Hardin  • Marshall  • Tama
See County Maps
Iowa, Grundy County Courthouse.png
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Grundy County was named for Felix Grundy and is located in northeastern Iowa.[4]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Grundy County Courthouse
706 G Ave
Grundy Center, Iowa 50638
Phone: 319-824-5229
Grundy County Website

Grundy 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1880 1856 1881 1880 1863 1870 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:[9]


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

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

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Portrait and biographical record of Jasper, Marshall and Grundy counties, Iowa : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the counties. Biographical Publishing, Chicago, IL., 1894. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Grundy County, Iowa Biographies Project at RootsWeb — links to biographies and local histories

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Grundy 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 793
1870 6,399 706.9%
1880 12,639 97.5%
1890 13,215 4.6%
1900 13,757 4.1%
1910 13,574 −1.3%
1920 14,420 6.2%
1930 14,133 −2.0%
1940 13,518 −4.4%
1950 13,722 1.5%
1960 14,132 3.0%
1970 14,119 −0.1%
1980 14,366 1.7%
1990 12,029 −16.3%
2000 12,369 2.8%
2010 12,453 0.7%
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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 Grundy County, which may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see Iowa Local Histories.

  • From Tall Grass Prairies to Huge Grainfields: 150 years. 2006. Fred Strohbehn. Reinbeck, IA: F. Strohbehn. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library
  • A History of Grundy County from the Earliest Records up to July 4th, 1876 .... 1876. E.H. Beckman. Grundy Center, IA: Atlas Print. 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.

Franklin CountyButler CountyBremer CountyHardin CountyMarshall CountyTama CountyBlack Hawk CountyIA GRUNDY.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

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

Kling Memorial Library
708 7th Street
Grundy Center, IA, 50638

Reinbeck Public Library
501 Clark Street
Reinbeck, IA 50669

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Grundy County Historical Society
612 7th Street
Grundy Center, IA 50638

Ostfriesian Heritage Society
1207 9th Street
Grundy Center, IA 50638-1206

Wellsburg Historical Foundation
503 N Jefferson Street
Wellsburg, IA 50680

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Grundy County at Cyndi's List - a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
  • Grundy County at Genealogy Trails - volunteer transcriptions of genealogical and historical data
  • Grundy County at Iowa USGenWeb - free online resources for genealogical research
  • Grundy 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Grundy, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Iowa."
  2. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 6/16/2021.
  3. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 6/16/2021.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Grundy, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Iowa."
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 6/16/2021.
  7. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 6/16/2021.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Grundy, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Iowa."
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Grundy County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Iowa, accessed 8 September 2019 .