Delaware County, Iowa Genealogy

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


Delaware County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Delaware County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded December 21, 1837
County Seat Manchester

County Information


The County was named for the State of Delaware. The County has Manchester as its seat and the County was created 1837. The County is located in the south east area of the state.[1]

Delaware County, Iowa Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1880 1851 1880 1840 1847 1853

County Courthouse

Delaware County Courthouse
301 E. Main
P. O. Box 527
Manchester, IA 52057-0527

(319) 927-4942


Parent County

1837--Delaware County was created 21 December 1837 from Dubuque County.  It was organized 19 November 1841. County seat:  Manchester [3]

Boundary Changes

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

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


Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Buchanan • Clayton • Dubuque • Fayette • Jones • Linn

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


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


Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Iowa Church Records.


First Lutheran Church, Manchester

  • Records of the First Lutheran Church, Manchester, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Delaware County

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Delaware County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).



Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Iowa Land and Property for additional information about early Iowa land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories 

Local histories are available for Delaware 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.


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Civil War

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

- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company I
- 4th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company B
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company G
- 12th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies F and K
- 20th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies H and K
- 27th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 44th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company C
- 46th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company F
- 12th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
:- 12th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
:- 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company G
:- 20th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
:- 20th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
:- 27th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
:- 44th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company C
:- 46th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company F
:- 4th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company B
:- 6th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company G


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

* ($) has historical newspapers online including Cedar Rapids newspapers that may have included Delaware County residents. This database is free at some libraries. 
  • The Manchester Public Library has digitized local newspapers, including the Manchester Press, Delaware County News, the Manchester Democrat Radio, and the Manchester Democrat. These can be accessed at
  • Dyersville Commerrial. 1953, 1959 Dyersville, IA, USA. Online at: ($)
  • Manchester Democrat Radio. 1952 Manchester, IA, USA. Online at: ($)
  • Hopkinton Leader. 1937 Hopkinton, IA, USA. Online at: ($)


Online Probate 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.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Iowa - Delaware - Probate records.


Iowa tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Tax lists were usually made every year, however, there may be gaps of several years. For more information, see the wiki page Iowa Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Iowa Department of Public Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also How to order Iowa Vital Records or order electronically online.


Societies and Libraries

Delaware County Genealogical Society
Manchester Public Library
304 N Franklin
Manchester IA 52057-1520
Look up Requests E-mail:

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to Delaware 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 "delaware 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 "delaware 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 Delaware 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 Delaware 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 Delaware County, Iowa Genealogy
GeneaBloggers enter "Iowa" in search box to see list and links to Iowa blogs
Google+ list of groups from "iowa genealogy" search
Facebook list of groups from "Iowa Genealogy" search IA Genealogy Forum Delaware County Message Board


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Delaware, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Iowa.
  2. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 225-231. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).