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Revision as of 17:14, 11 June 2013

This article is about a southwestern Iowa county. For other uses, see Adams.

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Guide to Adams County Iowa genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Adams County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Adams County
Location in the state of Iowa
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Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded January 15, 1851
County Seat Corning
Address Adams County Courthouse
500 9th St.
Corning, IA 50841
Phone: (515) 322-4711
Adams County Website

County Courthouse

Adams County Courthouse
500 9th St.
Corning, IA 50841

(515) 322-4711

Adams County


Parent County

1851--Adams County was created 15 January 1851 Pottawattamie County. The county was organized 7 March 1853.  County seat: Corning [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

February 1, 1888 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:


Populated Places

  • Carbon
  • Corning
  • Lenox
  • Nodaway
  • Prescott
  • Carl
  • Colony
  • Douglas
  • Grant
  • Jasper
  • Lincoln Center
  • Mercer
  • Nodaway
  • Prescott
  • Quincy
  • Union
  • Washington
  • Brooks
  • Carbon
  • Corning
  • Dickieville
  • Iveyville
  • Lincoln Center
  • Mount Etna
  • Nevinville
  • Strand
  • Stringtown
  • Williamson

This list of cities and townships came from hometownlocator.com and wikipedia.org.

Neighboring Counties

Adair | Cass | Montgomery | Page | Ringgold | Taylor | Union



  • Baldwin Cemetery
  • Bohemian National Cemetery
  • Brooks Cemetery
  • Calvary Cemetery
  • Carl Cemetery
  • Evergreen Cemetery
  • Forest Hill Cemetery
  • Homan Cemetery
  • Icarian Cemetery
  • Lincoln Center Cemetery
  • Methodist Grove Cemetery
  • Mount Etna Cemetery
  • Mount Pleasant Cemetery
  • Mount Zion Cemetery
  • Nodaway Cemetery
  • Oak Hill Cemetery
  • Oakland Cemetery
  • Old Brooks Cemetery
  • Old Evergreen Cemetery
  • Old Mount Etna Cemetery
  • Old Queen City Cemetery
  • Prairie Rose Cemetery
  • Queen City Cemetery
  • Quincy Cemetery
  • Rose Hill Cemetery
  • Salem Cemetery
  • Strand Cemetery
  • Stringtown Cemetery
  • Summit Cemetery
  • Thompson Cemetery
  • Walnut Grove Cemetery

Lists of the cemeteries in Adams County can be found at IaGenWeb Adams County Cemeteries

Transcriptions of these cemeteries can be found at:


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.




Local Histories

Biographical History of Montgomery and Adams Counties, Iowa


David Rumsey Map Collection is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures.



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


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 - Adams - Probate records.


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

Family History Centers



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).