Chickasaw County, Iowa Genealogy

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

Chickasaw County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Chickasaw County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded January 15, 1815
County Seat New Hampton
Iowa, Chickasaw County Courthouse.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Chickasaw people. The County has New Hampton as its seat and the County was created 1851. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[1]

Chickasaw County, Iowa Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1880 1853 1880 1865 1851 1880 1847
Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths Jan 1891. General compliance by 1924.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Chickasaw County Courthouse
8 East Prospect St.
P.O. Box 14
New Hampton, Iowa 50659-0014

(641) 394-2336

Chickasaw County

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1851--Chickasaw County was created 15 January 18151 from unorganized territory.  It was attached to Fayette County prior to organization 12 September 1853.  County seat:  New Hampton [3]

Boundary[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 website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1880 Courthouse burned on March 26 and many records were destroyed.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

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 [For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [HOMETOWN URL HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Unincorporated communities
  • Little Turkey[12]
  • Saude[12]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Bremer • Butler • Fayette • Floyd • Howard • Mitchell • Winneshiek

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
Gravestone Photo Project 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 4,336
1870 10,180 134.8%
1880 14,534 42.8%
1890 15,019 3.3%
1900 17,037 13.4%
1910 15,375 −9.8%
1920 15,431 0.4%
1930 14,637 −5.1%
1940 15,227 4.0%
1950 15,228 0.0%
1960 15,034 −1.3%
1970 14,969 −0.4%
1980 15,437 3.1%
1990 13,295 −13.9%
2000 13,095 −1.5%
2010 12,439 −5.0%
Source: "".

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

Court[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 Chickasaw 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.

  • Alexander, W. E. History of Chickasaw and Howard counties, Iowa. Decorah, Iowa : Western Pub. Co., 1883.
  • Fairbairn, Robert Herd. History of Chickasaw and Howard Counties, Iowa. Chicago, Illinois : S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1919.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Mitchell CountyHoward CountyWinneshiek CountyFloyd CountyButler CountyBremer CountyFayette CountyIA CHICKASAW.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in Chickasaw 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 Chickasaw County, Iowa Genealogy:

- 7th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
- 27th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 27th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
:- 7th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives ($) has a large collection of digitized Iowa newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Chickasaw County, Iowa Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • The Nashua Reporter. 1953-1960, 1963-1965, 1968-1976 Nashua, IA, USA. Online at: ($)
  • Fredericksburg News. 1932,1935-1939, 1941-1944, 1946-1954, 1957 Fredericksburg, IA, USA. Online at: ($)
  • The New Hampton Tribune. 1891, 1918, 1955 New Hampton, IA, USA. Online at: ($)

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]
Divorces[edit | edit source]
Deaths[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Chickasaw County Iowa Genealogical Society
Meets in the New Hampton Public Library
PO Box 434
New Hampton, Iowa 50659

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - link to 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

Websites[edit | edit source]

Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to Chickasaw 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 "chickasaw 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 "chickasaw 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 Chickasaw 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 ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($) Free family history resources and government records
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Chickasaw 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 Chickasaw 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 IA Genealogy Forum Chickasaw County Message Board

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Chickasaw, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Iowa.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Chickasaw 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, "Chickasaw County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 29 August 2019.