Iowa County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Iowa County


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

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County Facts
County seat: Dodgeville
Organized: October 9, 1829
Parent County(s): Crawford[1]
Neighboring Counties
Dane  • Grant  • Green  • Lafayette  • Richland  • Sauk
See County Maps
Courthouse
Iowa County Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for the Iowa people. The County has Dodgeville as its seat and the County was created 1830. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Iowa County Courthouse
222 N Iowa Street
Dodgeville, WI 53533
Phone: 608-935-3024
Iowa County Website

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1866, marriage records from 1852 and land records from 1835.
Clerk of Courts has divorce records from 1860 and court records.
Register in Probate has probate records from 1890. [3]

Iowa County, Wisconsin Record Dates

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
1866 1852 1866 1834 1832 1890 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1907. General compliance year unknown.

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1829--Iowa County was created 9 October 1829 from Crawford County.
  • County seat: Dodgeville[5]

For animated maps illustrating Wisconsin County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Wisconsin County Boundary Maps" (1790-1961) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places

The following are locations in Iowa County, Wisconsin:[6]

Cities
Towns
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns
  • Pendarvis


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Iowa County, Wisconsin online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Wisconsin Cemeteries for more information

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1840 3,978
1850 9,525 139.4%
1860 18,967 99.1%
1870 24,544 29.4%
1880 23,628 −3.7%
1890 22,117 −6.4%
1900 23,114 4.5%
1910 22,497 −2.7%
1920 21,504 −4.4%
1930 20,039 −6.8%
1940 20,595 2.8%
1950 19,610 −4.8%
1960 19,631 0.1%
1970 19,306 −1.7%
1980 19,802 2.6%
1990 20,150 1.8%
2000 22,780 13.1%
2010 23,687 4.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Iowa census records online, see: Wisconsin Census.

  • 1855 - 1855 Wisconsin State Census This census includes name of head of family; other individuals in the household are identified by sex and race, number of deaf and dumb, blind, insane and foreign born.
  • 1865 - 1865 Wisconsin State Census Name index and images of the 1865 State Census which names the head of household. Most records have been destroyed but schedules exist for the following counties: Dunn, Green, Jackson, Kewaunee, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan.
  • 1875 - 1875 Wisconsin State Census Identifies head of household by name.
  • 1885 - Wisconsin State Census, 1885 at FamilySearch — index and images. Search indexed census.Identifies by name of head of household. Other information is statistical and identifies the rest of the household by race, gender and country of birth.
  • 1895 - Wisconsin State Census, 1895 at FamilySearch — index and images. Identifies head of household by name. Other information is statistical.
  • 1905 - Wisconsin State Census, 1905 at FamilySearch — Name index and images of population. Enumerates by name all inhabitants.

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Wisconsin denominations, view the Wisconsin Church Records wiki page.

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

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

  • Wisconsin Land Patents Database, Iowa County (USGenWeb Archives)

Local Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Iowa 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 Iowa:

- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company F
- 7th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company C
- 11th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Companies E and G
- 12th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company C

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Iowa Clerk of Circuit Court and are housed at the Iowa Courthouse. See the wiki page Wisconsin Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, and adoptions.

Online Records

School Records

Tax Records

Wisconsin tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned property or other items that could be taxed were listed, some residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records. For more information see the Wiki page, Wisconsin Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Most counties started keeping records in the 1870s. In 1907, the counties began sending copies to the state.

For pre-1907 births, deaths, and marriages, search the Wisconsin Genealogy Index.

For additional information, see Wisconsin Vital Records.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

  • Area Research Center - University of Wisconsin-Platteville
    Southwest Wisconsin Room-Karrmann Library
    One University Plaza
    Platteville, WI 53818-3099
    Phone: 608-342-1719
    Email: swwis@uwplatt.edu
    Website

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.

Libraries

  • Southwest Wisconsin Room-Karrmann Library
    Area Research Center - University of Wisconsin-Platteville
    One University Plaza
    Platteville, WI 53818-3099
    Phone: 608-342-1719
    Email: swwis@uwplatt.edu
    Website

Museums

  • Pendarvis Historic Site
    114 Shake Rag St
    Mineral Point, WI 53565
    Phone: 608-987-2122

Societies

  • Iowa County Historical Society
    1301 N Bequette St.
    PO Box 44
    Dodgeville, WI 53533
    Phone: 608-935-7694
    Email: ichistory@mhtc.net
    Website
  • Iowa County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 321
    Dodgeville, WI 53533-0321
  • Lower Wisconsin River Genealogical & Historical Research Center
    PO Box 202
    Wauzeka, WI 53826-0202
    Website
  • Mineral Point Historical Society
    234 Madison St
    PO Box 188
    Mineral Point, WI 53565
    Phone: 608-987-2884
    Email: mphs@mineralpointhistory.org
    Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wisconsin.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Iowa County, Wisconsin " in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa_County,_Wisconsin."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wisconsin.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa County, Wisconsin. Page 755-760, 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), 757-759.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wisconsin.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Iowa County,_Wisconsin," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa_County,_Wisconsin, accessed 12 September 2018.