Tama County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Toledo
Organized: July 4, 1853[1]
Parent County(s): Benton[2]
Neighboring Counties
Benton  • Black Hawk  • Grundy  • Iowa  • Jasper  • Marshall  • Poweshiek
See County Maps
Iowa, Tama County Courthouse.png
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Tama County was named for Taimah, a leader of the Mesquaki Indians and is located in central Iowa.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Tama County Courthouse
100 West High Street / P.O. Box 306
Toledo, IA 52342
Phone: 641-484-3721
Tama County Website

Tama 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 1859 1853 1895 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:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Native American communities

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

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

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • History of Tama County, Iowa: and Biographies of Representative Citizens. 1883. Springfield, IL: Union Publishing Co. Online at: Internet Archive, HathiTrust — index & images, Google Books.

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Tama 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
1860 5,285 65962.5%
1870 16,131 205.2%
1880 21,585 33.8%
1890 22,052 2.2%
1900 24,585 11.5%
1910 22,156 −9.9%
1920 21,861 −1.3%
1930 21,987 0.6%
1940 22,428 2.0%
1950 21,688 −3.3%
1960 21,413 −1.3%
1970 20,147 −5.9%
1980 19,533 −3.0%
1990 17,419 −10.8%
2000 18,103 3.9%
2010 17,767 −1.9%
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]

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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

  • History of Tama County, Iowa: and Biographies of Representative Citizens. 1883. Springfield, IL: Union Publishing Co. Online at: Internet Archive, HathiTrust — index & images, Google Books.
  • Hurrah for Bonnie Iowa: an authentic story of two families from Scotland who pioneered in Iowa. 1963. By Janette Stevenson Murray and Janet Murray Fiske. Lake Mills, IA: Graphic Publishing Co. 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.

Grundy CountyBlack Hawk CountyBenton CountyIowa CountyPoweshiek CountyJasper CountyMarshall CountyIA TAMA.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 Tama 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:

- 10th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company C
- 14th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 24th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 28th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F

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

Tama County Historical Society & Genealogical Library
200 N. Broadway
Toledo, IA 52342

Norma Anders Public Library
320 Main Street
Dysart, Iowa

Toledo Public Library
206 East High Street
Toledo, Iowa 52342

Museums[edit | edit source]

Physical Address 303 Meskwaki Road
Mailing Address 349 Meskwaki Road
Tama, IA 52339
Toll Free: 800-944-9503

Traer Historical Museum
514 2nd Street
Traer, IA 50675

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Tama County Tracers Genealogical Society and Historical Society
200 N. Broadway
Toledo 52342-0084

Dysart Historical Society
612 Crisman Street
Dysart, IA 52224

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • 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
  • Tama County at Cyndi's List - a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
  • Tama County at Genealogy Trails - volunteer transcriptions of genealogical and historical data
  • Tama County at Iowa USGenWeb - free online resources for genealogical research
  • Tama County at Iowa USGenWeb Archives - free online data for genealogical research
  • Tama County at Linkpendium - genealogy and family history
  • 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 July 29,2021.
  2. Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed July 29,2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Tama, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tama_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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Tama County, Iowa Genealogy," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Tama_County,_Iowa_Genealogy#Places.2FLocalities, accessed 24 October 2019.