Page County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Clarinda
Organized: March 22, 1852[1]
Parent County(s): Non-County Area 5[2]
Neighboring Counties
Adams  • Fremont  • Mills  • Montgomery  • Taylor  • Atchison (MO)  • Nodaway (MO)
See County Maps
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Location Map
Map of Iowa Page County.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Page County was named for Capt. John Page and is located in southwestern Iowa.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Page County Courthouse
112 East Main Street / P.O. Box 263
Clarinda, IA 51632
Phone: 712-542-3214
Page County Website

Page 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 1852 1880 1870 1854 1857 1847
* Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths January 1891. General compliance by 1924.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1858 The courthouse and the records were destroyed by fire.

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

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

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

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Biographical History of Page County, Iowa: With Personal Histories of Many of the Early Settlers and leading Families. 1890. Chicago, IL: Lewis & Dunbar Publishers. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Biographical Sketches, p.433-864. HathiTrust ($)
  • Family Biographies from The History of Page County, 1880, n.p.: Iowa Historical Company, on My Genealogy Hound website, Online at: My Genealogy Hound

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Page 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 551
1860 4,419 702.0%
1870 9,975 125.7%
1880 19,667 97.2%
1890 21,341 8.5%
1900 24,187 13.3%
1910 24,002 −0.8%
1920 24,137 0.6%
1930 25,904 7.3%
1940 24,887 −3.9%
1950 23,921 −3.9%
1960 21,023 −12.1%
1970 18,537 −11.8%
1980 19,063 2.8%
1990 16,870 −11.5%
2000 16,976 0.6%
2010 15,932 −6.1%
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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]

African American

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

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 Indexes and Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

  • The History of Page County, Iowa: From the Earliest Settlement, in 1843, to the first centennial of American independence, July 4, 1876. 1876. By E. Miller. Clarinda, IA: Herald Book & Job Office. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Page County History, Iowa. 1942. The Iowa Writers' Program of the Work Project Administration. Clarinda, IA: Page County Schools. Online at: 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.

Mills CountyMontgomery CountyAdams CountyFremont CountyTaylor CountyAtchison CountyNodaway CountyIA PAGE.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 Page 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 Iowa Regiment Cavalry - USGenWeb Archives Project
-4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
-23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F

World War II

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

Lied Public Library
100 E. Garfield St.
Clarinda, IA 51632

Shenandoah Public Library
201 S. Elm Street
Shenandoah, IA 51601

Museums[edit | edit source]

Nodaway Valley Historical Museum
1600 S. 16th Street
PO Box 393
Clarinda, IA 51632

Greater Shenandoah Historical Society Museum
800 W. Sherican Ave
Shenandoah, IA 51601

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Greater Shenandoah Historical Society
800 W Sheridan Ave
PO Box 182
Shenandoah, IA 56101

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Page County at Cyndi's List - a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
  • Page County at Genealogy Trails - volunteer transcriptions of genealogical and historical data
  • Page County at Iowa USGenWeb - free online resources for genealogical research
  • Page 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, "Page, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_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, "Page County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Iowa#Communities, accessed 21 October 2019.