Harrison County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Logan
Organized: March 7, 1853[1]
Parent County(s): Pottawattamie, Non-County Area 11[2]
Neighboring Counties
Crawford  • Monona  • Pottawattamie  • Shelby  • Burt (NE)  • Washington (NE)
See County Maps
Courthouse
Iowa, Harrison County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Iowa Harrison Map.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Harrison County was named for William Henry Harrison and is located in southwestern Iowa.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Harrison County Courthouse
111 N 2nd Ave
Logan, IA 51546
Phone: 712-644-2750
Harrison County Website

Harrison 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 1850 1853 1869 1847
* Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths January 1891. General compliance by 1924.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1854 Courthouse was destroyed by fire in September; all county records were lost.

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]

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 Harrison County. To find more resources, go to the Iowa Bible Records page.


Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Directory of Harrison County, Iowa. 1905. W.H. Hawkins. Logan, IA: Ferguson Printing (reprinted-Mt Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications Inc, 1997). Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • History of Harrison County, Iowa, Including a Condensed History of the State...Together With Sketches of Its Pioneers... 1888. Joe H. Smith. Des Moines, IA: Iowa Printing Company. Online at: Internet Archive, Google Books
  • History of Harrison County, Iowa, Its People, Industries and Institutions: With Biographical Sketches.. 1915. Charles W. Hunt & Will Leach Clark. Indianapolis, IN: B.F. Bowen Publisher. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Internet Archive.
  • History of Harrison County, Iowa Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens... 1891. Chicago, IL: National Publishing Co. Online at: Internet Archive,
  • Every-name index to the 1891 History of Harrison County, Iowa. 1991. Kent Davis Myrick. Phoenix, AZ: Self Published. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library (*)

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Harrison 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 3,621
1870 8,931 146.6%
1880 16,649 86.4%
1890 21,356 28.3%
1900 25,597 19.9%
1910 23,162 −9.5%
1920 24,488 5.7%
1930 24,897 1.7%
1940 22,767 −8.6%
1950 19,560 −14.1%
1960 17,600 −10.0%
1970 16,240 −7.7%
1980 16,348 0.7%
1990 14,730 −9.9%
2000 15,666 6.4%
2010 14,928 −4.7%
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.

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

  • Harris Grove

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

  • 1851-1861 Pioneer History of Harris Grove, 1851-1861. 1861. Horace H. McKenney. Logan, IA: Democrat Printers. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • History of Harrison County, Iowa, Its People, Industries and Institutions: With Biographical Sketches. 1915. Charles W. Hunt & Will Leach Clark. Indianapolis, IN: B.F. Bowen Publisher. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Internet Archive.
  • History of Harrison County, Iowa Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens... 1891. Chicago, IL: National Publishing Co. Online at: Internet Archive,
  • Every-name index to the 1891 History of Harrison County, Iowa. 1991. Kent Davis Myrick. Phoenix, AZ: Self Published. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library (*)
  • History of Harrison County, Iowa, Including a Condensed History of the State...Together With Sketches of Its Pioneers... 1888. Joe H. Smith. Des Moines, IA: Iowa Printing Company. Online at: Internet Archive, Google Books, Library of Congress — PDF

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.

Burt CountyWashington CountyMonona CountyCrawford CountyShelby CountyPottawattamie CountyIA HARRISON.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 Harrison 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:

- 15th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
- 29th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company C

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


Missouri Valley Public Library
420 East Huron Street
Missouri Valley, IA 51555
712-642-4111
Website

Woodbine Carnegie Public Library
58 5th Street
Woodbine, IA 51579
E-mail: woodbinepublib@gmail.com
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Harrison County Historical Village & Iowa Welcome Center
2931 Monroe Avenue
Missouri Valley, IA 51555
712-642-2114
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Harrison County Genealogical Society
212 Lincoln Way
Woodbine, IA 51579
712-647-2593
Webpage

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Harrison County at Cyndi's List - a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
  • Harrison County at Genealogy Trails - volunteer transcriptions of genealogical and historical data
  • Harrison County at Iowa USGenWeb - free online resources for genealogical research
  • Harrison 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, "Harrison, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_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, "Harrison County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_County%2C_Iowa, accessed 10 September 2019.