Linn County, Iowa Genealogy

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

Linn County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Linn 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 Cedar Rapids
Iowa, Linn County Courthouse.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Lewis Linn. The County has Cedar Rapids as its seat and the County was created 1839. The County is located in the central area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1880 1840 1880 1860 1841 1860 1847
Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths Jan 1891. General compliance by 1924.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1837--Linn County was created 21 December 1837 from Dubuque County . It was attached to Jackson County prior to organization 1 June 1839.  County seat:  Cedar Rapids [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 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
Ghost towns

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Benton • Buchanan • Cedar • Delaware • Iowa • Johnson • Jones

Resources[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Iowa GenWeb has an excellent source for cemeteries, many are already transcribed with photos.

Individual cemeteries:

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 5,444
1860 18,947 248.0%
1870 31,080 64.0%
1880 37,237 19.8%
1890 45,303 21.7%
1900 55,392 22.3%
1910 60,720 9.6%
1920 74,004 21.9%
1930 82,336 11.3%
1940 89,142 8.3%
1950 104,274 17.0%
1960 136,899 31.3%
1970 163,213 19.2%
1980 169,775 4.0%
1990 168,767 −0.6%
2000 191,701 13.6%
2010 211,226 10.2%
Source: "".

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]

Directories[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 Linn 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.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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

- 1st Regiment, Iowa Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company K
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
- 9th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 11th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 12th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 12th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 16th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
- 18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
- 24th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 24th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 24th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
- 46th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company E
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company H
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company K

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Also see ($) for additional Cedar Rapids newspapers that may not be included in the Cedar Rapids Public Library database. This database is free at some libraries.

  • The Coe College Cosmos.1896, 1899-1910, 1912-44, 1948-51, 1969-71, and 1973. Cedar Rapids, IA, USA. Online at: ($)
  • Cedar Rapids Republican.1925-26. Cedar Rapids, IA, USA. Online at: ($)
  • Coe Cosmos.1939-44, 1946, 1948-67, 1969-73, and 1975-77. Cedar Rapids, IA, USA. Online at: ($)
  • Cosmos. 1898-1903 and 1909-12. Cedar Rapids, IA, USA. Online at: ($)
  • The Republican And Times. 1922. Cedar Rapids, IA, USA. Online at: ($)
  • The Evening Gazette.1913 and 1915-16. Cedar Rapids, IA, USA. Online at: ($)
  • The New Cosmos.1976-77. Cedar Rapids, IA, USA. Online at: ($)
  • Coe College Cosmos. 1899. Coe College, IA, USA. Online at: ($)

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]
Deaths[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libaries[edit | edit source]

Carl & Mary Koehler History Center
615 1st Avenue Southeast
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Genealogical Society of Linn County
813 1st Ave S.E.
Cedar Rapids, IA, 52406-0175

Springville Area Historical Society
304 Broadway Ave
PO Box 382
Springville, IA 52336

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - 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]

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Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to Linn 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 "linn 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 "linn 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 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 Linn 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 ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Linn County IA at LDS Genealogy 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 Linn 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 Linn 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 Linn County Message Board

References[edit | edit source]

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