Wright County, Iowa Genealogy

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


Wright County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Wright County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded January 15, 1851
County Seat Clarion
Address Wright County Courthouse
115 North Main Street
Clarion, IA 50525
Wright County Website

County Information

Wright County, Iowa Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1880 1855 1880 1840 1855 1855

County Courthouse

The Wright County Courthouse
115 North Main Street
Clarion, IA 50525


Parent County

1851--Wright County was created 15 January 1851 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Boone and Webster Counties prior to organization 1 October 1855.  County seat: Clarion [2]

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.


Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Cerro Gordo • Franklin • Hamilton • Hancock • Hardin • Humboldt • Kossuth • Webster

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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.
  • Amish Cemetery (historical)
  • Belmond Cemetery
  • Calvary Cemetery
  • Eagle Grove Township Cemetery (historical)
  • Elmwood Cemetery
  • Evergreen Cemetery
  • Fairview Cemetery
  • French Church Cemetery
  • Galt Cemetery
  • Goldfield Cemetery
  • Graceland Cemetery
  • Hickory Grove Cemetery
  • Holmes Cemetery
  • Immanuel Reformed Cemetery
  • Norway Township Cemetery
  • Ringsaker Cemetery
  • Rose Hill Cemetery
  • Saint Francis Cemetery
  • Saint Johns Cemetery
  • Saint Josephs Cemetery
  • Saint Pauls Lutheran Cemetery
  • Schwenck Family Plot (historical)
  • Simenson Family Plot
  • Troy Cemetery
  • Woolstock Cemetery
  • Wright City Christian Reform Cemetery
  • Wright County Burying Grounds


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.


Samuel Lutheran Church, Eagle Grove

  • Records of the Samuel Lutheran Church, Eagle Grove, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Wright County

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Wright County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.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 Wright 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.




Civil War

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

- 4th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company K


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

*Belmond Independent Belmond, Iowa *Dows Advocate Dows, Iowa *Eagle Grove Eagle Eagle Grove, Iowa *Wright County Monitor Clarion, Iowa 


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 - Wright - 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

Wright County Genealogical Searchers
Post Office Box 225
Clarion, Iowa 50525-0225

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.



  1. 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
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. History of Wright County Iowa, It's People, Industries and Institutions; Hon. B.P. Bridsall, B.P. Bowen Co., Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1915, 1061 pages.
  4. History of Wright County Iowa, It's People, Industries and Institutions; Hon. B.P. Bridsall, B.P. Bowen Co., Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1915, 1061 pages.