Henry County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Mount Pleasant
Organized: December 7, 1836[1]
Parent County(s): Des Moines[2]
Neighboring Counties
Des Moines  • Jefferson  • Lee  • Louisa  • Van Buren  • Washington
See County Maps
Iowa, Henry County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Iowa Henry Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Henry County was named for Henry Dodge and is located in southeastern Iowa.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Henry County Courthouse
100 E Washington Street
Mount Pleasant IA 52641
Phone: 319-385-3150 or 319-385-2632
Henry County Iowa

Henry 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 1836 1836 1836 1836 1836 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
  • Tippecanoe

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

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

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Portrait and Biographical Album of Henry County, Iowa: Containing Full Page Portraits and BiographicalSsketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens. 1888. Chicago, IL: Acme Publishing Company. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Internet Archive, HathiTrust — index & images, Ancestry — index & images ($)

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Henry 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 8,707
1860 18,701 114.8%
1870 21,463 14.8%
1880 20,986 −2.2%
1890 18,895 −10.0%
1900 20,022 6.0%
1910 18,640 −6.9%
1920 18,298 −1.8%
1930 17,660 −3.5%
1940 17,994 1.9%
1950 18,708 4.0%
1960 18,187 −2.8%
1970 18,114 −0.4%
1980 18,890 4.3%
1990 19,226 1.8%
2000 20,336 5.8%
2010 20,145 −0.9%
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]

  • 1911-1912 Directory of Henry County Iowa, 1911-1912. George T. Mason. Mount Pleasant, IA: The News, Printers and Binders. FamilySearch Digital Library

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 Henry 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.

Washington CountyLouisa CountyDes Moines CountyLee CountyVan Buren CountyJefferson CountyIA HENRY.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 Henry 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 E
- 1st Regiment, Iowa Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company F
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 11th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 14th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies D, F and I
- 17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 25th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies B, C, H and J
- 45th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Companies A and H

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

J. Raymond Chadwick Library
107 W. Broad Street
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
E-mail: reference@iw.edu

Museums[edit | edit source]

Henry County Heritage Trust
403 West Madison Street
P.O. Box 333
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641

The Henderson Lewelling House
401 South Main Street
Salem, IA 52649

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Winfield Historical Society & Museum
114 South Locust Street
Winfield, IA 52659

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Henry County at Cyndi's List - a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
  • Henry County at Genealogy Trails - volunteer transcriptions of genealogical and historical data
  • Henry County at Iowa USGenWeb - free online resources for genealogical research
  • Henry 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. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed on 11 April 2021.
  2. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed on 11 April 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Henry, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_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. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed on 11 April 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, "Henry County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_County,_Iowa, accessed 10 September 2019.