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Jasper County
Guide to Jasper County, Iowa ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
Maytag Dairy Farm, Jasper, County., Iowa


Jasper County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Jasper County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded January 13, 1836
County Seat Newton

County Information


The County was named for William Jasper. The County has Newton as its seat and the County was created 1846. The County is located in the central area of the state.[1]

Jasper County, Iowa Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1880 1846 1880 1840 1847 1846

County Courthouse


Monument to William Jasper at Savannah, Georgia
The county is named after Sergeant William Jasper (c1750-1779).[3]

Parent County

1846--Jasper County was created 13 January 1846 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Mahaska County prior to organization 1 March 1846. County seat:  Newton [4]

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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Mahaska • Marion • Marshall • Polk • Poweshiek • Story • Tama • Warren

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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
Tombstone Project
Iowa Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Iowa Cemeteries for more information.

Iowa Genealogical Society. Iowa Cemeteries. Des Moines, IA: The Society, 1990.


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.



  • Farmers of Iowa: a list of farmers of each county with postoffice (sic), 1892. Jasper County, IA, USA: 1892. LDS microfilm 1024846, item 4. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)


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 Jasper 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.

  • The history of Jasper County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, towns &c., a biographical directory of citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, general and local statistics, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, history of the northwest, history of Iowa, map of Jasper County, constitution of the United States, miscellaneous matters, . Chicago : Western Historical Company, 1878.
  • Weaver, James Baird. Past and present of Jasper County, Iowa. Indianapolis, Indiana : B.F. Bowen, 1912.
  • Jasper County, Iowa 1892 Farmers Directory at Ancestry.com ($)
  • Portrait and Biographical Record of Jasper, Marshall and Grundy Counties, Iowa, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the Counties. Chicago, IL, USA: Biographical Publishing, 1894. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)


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Civil War

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

- 4th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company A
- 5th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
- 10th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
- 10th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 14th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 22nd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company C
- 23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 28th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company B


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

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

  • The Kellogg Enterprise. 1886, 1888-90, 1895, 1897, 1903-04, 1912-14, 1916-22, 1924-28, 1930, and 1934. Kellogg, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)
  • The Newton Daily News. 1957 and 1965. Newton, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)
  • Prairie City Index.1871-72. Prairie City, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)


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 - Jasper - 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

Jasper County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 163
Newton, IA 50208-0163
E-mail: genealogy1jcgs@hotmail.com

Jasper County Historical Society of Iowa
Jasper County Historical Museum
1700 South 15th Ave West
PO Box 834
Newton, IA 50208
E-mail: director@jaspercountymuseum.com

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 Jasper 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 "jasper 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 "jasper county" in the search box
IAGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
genealogytrails.com Free Data may be submitted by individuals or 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 Jasper 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 ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Jasper County IA at LDS Genealogy 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 Jasper 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 Jasper 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
genealogy.com IA Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Jasper County Message Board


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Jasper, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasper_County,_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. "William Jasper," Wikipedia.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).