Linn County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Cedar Rapids
Organized: June 1, 1839[1]
Parent County(s): Dubuque[2]
Neighboring Counties
Benton  • Buchanan  • Cedar  • Delaware  • Iowa  • Johnson  • Jones
See County Maps
Courthouse
Iowa, Linn County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Iowa Linn Map.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Linn County was named for Lewis Fields Linn and is located in eastern Iowa.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Linn County Courthouse
51 Third Avenue Bridge
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Phone: 319-398-3411
Linn County Website

Linn 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 1860 1841 1860 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:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Townships
Ghost towns


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

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

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • The History of Linn County, Iowa: Containing a History of the County, its Cities, Towns, a Biographical Directory of its Citizens. 1878. Chicago, IL: Western Historical Company. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, HathiTrust — index & images, Ancestry — index & images ($)
  • Linn County (Iowa) Soldiers and Sailors Serving Our Flag. 1918. R.E. Patterson. Marion, IA: Soldiers' and Sailors' Club. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Linn 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 5,444
1860 18,947 248.0%
1870 31,080 64.0%
1880 37,237 19.8%
1890 45,303 21.7%
1900 55,392 22.3%
1910 60,720 9.6%
1920 74,004 21.9%
1930 82,336 11.3%
1940 89,142 8.3%
1950 104,274 17.0%
1960 136,899 31.3%
1970 163,213 19.2%
1980 169,775 4.0%
1990 168,767 −0.6%
2000 191,701 13.6%
2010 211,226 10.2%
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 Linn County, which may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see Iowa Local Histories.

  • 1838-1923 Linn County: a Brief Review of Its History From 1838 to 1923. 1923. Fred J. Lazell. Cedar Rapids, IA: Linn County Board of Supervisors. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library
  • The History of Linn County, Iowa: Containing a History of the County, its Cities, Towns, a Biographical Directory of its Citizens. 1878. Chicago, IL: Western Historical Company. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, HathiTrust — index & images, Ancestry — index & images ($)

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.

Buchanan CountyDelaware CountyJones CountyCedar CountyJohnson CountyIowa CountyBenton CountyIA LINN.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 Linn 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 Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company K
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company H and K
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
- 9th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 11th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 12th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D and H
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A and F
- 16th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
- 18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
- 24th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F, G, and H
- 46th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company E

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

The Genealogical Society of Linn County Library
813 1st Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
319-369-0022
Website

Cedar Rapids Public Library
Downtown Library
450 5th Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
319-261-7323
E-mail: info@crlibrary.org
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

African American Museum of Iowa
55 12th Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
319-862-2101
Website

The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library
1400 Inspiration Place SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
319-362-8500
Website

The History Center
Linn County Historical Society
800 Second Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
319-362-1501
E-mail: office@historycenter.org
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Genealogical Society of Linn County
813 1st Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA, 52406-0175
319-369-0022
Website

Springville Area Historical Society
304 Broadway Ave
PO Box 382
Springville, IA 52336
E-mail: SAHSinfo@gmail.com
Facebook

Websites[edit | edit source]

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