Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Genealogy

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

Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Cerro Gordo County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded January 15, 1851
County Seat Mason City
Iowa, Cerro Gordo Courthouse.png
Address Cerro Gordo County Courthouse
220 North Washington Avenue
Mason City, Iowa 50401
Phone:(641) 421-3056
Cerro Gordo County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Battle of Cerro Gordo. The County has Mason City as its seat and the County was created 1851. The County is located in the central area of the state.[1]

Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1882 1882 1880 1882 1857 1847
Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths Jan 1891. General compliance by 1924.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Cerro Gordo County Courthouse
220 North Washington Avenue
Mason City, Iowa 50401

(641) 421-3056

Cerro Gordo County

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1851--Cerro Gordo County was created 15 January 1851 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Floyd County prior to organization 29 December 1855.  County seat:  Mason City [3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Iowa County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Iowa County Boundary Maps" (1816-1872) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

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:[4]

Unincorporated communities
  • Emery
  • Freeman
  • Hurley
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Butler • Floyd • Franklin • Hancock • Mitchell • Winnebago • Worth • Wright

Cerro Gordo CountyFloyd CountyButler CountyGrundy CountyHardin CountyFranklin CountyHamilton CountyWebster CountyHumboldt CountyKossuth CountyWright CountyHancock CountyWinnebago CountyWorth CountyMitchell CountyHoward CountyChickasaw CountyBremer CountyBlack Hawk CountyFaribault CountyFreeborn CountyMower CountyFillmore CountyIACerro Gordo (1).JPG

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
IAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
IAGenWeb Archives FamilySearch Places
Tombstone Project
Iowa Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Iowa Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 940
1870 4,722 402.3%
1880 11,461 142.7%
1890 14,864 29.7%
1900 20,672 39.1%
1910 25,011 21.0%
1920 34,675 38.6%
1930 38,476 11.0%
1940 43,845 14.0%
1950 46,053 5.0%
1960 49,894 8.3%
1970 49,223 −1.3%
1980 48,458 −1.6%
1990 46,733 −3.6%
2000 46,447 −0.6%
2010 44,151 −4.9%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Iowa recorded not only the federal census but state census through out the years too. The state census contains very valuable genealogical information. Where the census information can be found, what years it was taken, mortality schedules, census substitutions and much more is discussed in the very informative Iowa Census article.

State Census

Church[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. List of Churches and Church Parishes

Lutheran[edit | edit source]
  • Records of the St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Rockwell, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court[edit | edit source]

Gazette[edit | edit source]

Land[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 Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Iowa Local Histories.

History of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Winnebago CountyWorth CountyMitchell CountyFloyd CountyButler CountyHancock CountyWright CountyFranklin CountyIA CERRO GORDO.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Genealogy 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 in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Genealogy:

- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company I
- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives

NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of digitized Iowa newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.

  • Mason City Globe Gazette. Mason City, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

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.

Taxation[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.

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.

Births[edit | edit source]
Marriages[edit | edit source]
Deaths[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

North Central Iowa Genealogical Society
Nine northern Iowa Counties
Mason City Public Library
P.O. Box 237225
Second St. SE
Mason City, Iowa 50402-0237
E-mail: ncigso@gmail.com

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Genealogy
State Historical Society of Iowa Free Select from research collection topics
The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection Free digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions - results of "cerro gordo county" in the search box
State Library of Iowa Free electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies - results of "cerro gordo county" in the search box
IAGenWeb Project Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
[1] [2][3] FamilySearch Free Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes
Sites that search for links pertaining to Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Genealogy
RootsWeb Resources Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS.com Free family history resources and government records
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch Catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
See also local libraries and Iowa Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Genealogy
GeneaBloggers enter "Iowa" in search box to see list and links to Iowa blogs
Facebook list of groups from "Iowa Genealogy" search
genealogy.com IA Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Cerro Gordo County Message Board

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Cerro Gordo, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerro_Gordo_County,_Iowa.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. Page 230-238 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 222-225.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Cerro Gordo County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerro_Gordo_County%2C_Iowa#Communities, accessed 28 August 2019.