Hardin County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Eldora
Organized: March 2, 1853.[1]
Parent County(s): Non-County Area 6.[2]
Neighboring Counties
Butler  • Franklin  • Grundy  • Hamilton  • Marshall  • Story  • Wright
See County Maps
Iowa, Hardin County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Iowa Hardin Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Hardin County was named for John Jay Hardin and is located in central Iowa.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Hardin County Courhouse
1215 Edgington Ave
Eldora, IA 50627
Phone: 641-939-8226
Hardin County Website

Hardin 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 1864 1880 1853 1853 1853 1847
* Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths January 1891. General compliance by 1924.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1856 Courthouse was destroyed.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

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]

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 Hardin 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 Hardin 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 5,440
1870 13,684 151.5%
1880 17,807 30.1%
1890 19,003 6.7%
1900 22,794 19.9%
1910 20,921 −8.2%
1920 23,337 11.5%
1930 22,947 −1.7%
1940 22,530 −1.8%
1950 22,218 −1.4%
1960 22,533 1.4%
1970 22,248 −1.3%
1980 21,776 −2.1%
1990 19,094 −12.3%
2000 18,812 −1.5%
2010 17,534 −6.8%
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.

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Coonville
  • Union

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

  • Pioneer Days in Iowa Falls and the History of Iowa Falls, Hardin County. 1944. I.N. Nichols. Fort Dodge, IA: Messenger Printing Company. 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.

Wright CountyFranklin CountyButler CountyHamilton CountyGrundy CountyStory CountyMarshall CountyIA HARDIN.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Civil War service men in Hardin 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 G
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company C
- 11th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
- 12th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A

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

Eldora Public Library
1202 10th Street
Eldora, IA 50627
E-mail: jgrothoff@eldora.lib.ia.us

Robert W. Barlow Memorial Library
921 Washington Avenue
Iowa Falls, IA 50126
E-mail: erina@iowafalls.lib.ia.us

Hardin County Historical Library
1236 Edgington Avenue
Eldora, Iowa 50627
E-mail: dlbabcock@heartofiowa.net

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Hardin County Historical Society
1603 Washington Street
Eldora, IA 50627
Lea Babcock, President
E-mail: dlbabcock@heartofiowa.net

Steamboat Rock Historical Society
409 West Market Street
Steamboat Rock, IA 50672
E-mail: milarks@yahoo.com

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Hardin County at Cyndi's List - a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
  • Hardin County at Genealogy Trails - volunteer transcriptions of genealogical and historical data
  • Hardin County at Iowa USGenWeb - free online resources for genealogical research
  • Hardin 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, "Hardin, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardin_County,_Iowa."
  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, "Hardin County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardin_County,_Iowa, accessed 9 September 2019.