Appanoose County, Iowa Genealogy

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United States Gotoarrow.png Iowa Gotoarrow.png Appanoose County

County Courthouse

Appanoose County Courthouse
201 North 12th Street
Centerville, IA 52544
Phone:(515)856-6101

Wikipedia
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Appanoose County

History

Parent County

1843--Appanoose County was created 17 February 1843 ;from unorganized territory. The county was attached to Davis and Van Buren Counties prior to organization 3 August 1846. ; County seat: Centerville [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Cities

  • Centerville
  • Cincinnati
  • Exline
  • Moravia
  • Moulton
  • Mystic
  • Numa
  • Plano
  • Rathbun
  • Udell
  • Unionville

Townships

  • Bellair
  • Caldwell
  • Chariton
  • Douglas
  • Franklin
  • Independence
  • Johns
  • Lincoln
  • Pleasant
  • Sharon
  • Taylor
  • Udell
  • Union
  • Vermillion
  • Walnut
  • Washington
  • Wells

Neighboring Counties

Davis | Lucas | Monroe | Wapello | Wayne | Putnam County, Missouri | Schuyler County, Missouri

Resources

Biographies

Cemeteries

Cemetery Transcriptions

Census

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.

Church Records and Histories

LDS Ward and Branch;Records
  • Camp of Israel
United Methodist Church
  • Iowa Churches: A File at the Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. [5] This file consists of church histories, anniversary programs, and newspaper clippings. It is arranged by towns or by the name of the church.
  • Ministerial Biographies: A File in the Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. [6]These films contain biographies, mainly of Methodist ministers.

Court Records

Probate Records

County Histories

  • Abandoned Towns of Appanoose County from Abandoned Towns, Villages and Post Office [7]
  • Appanoose County Historical Atlas; Centerville, IA: Appanoose County Sesquicentennial Commission, 1996 [8]
  • The History of Appanoose County, Iowa - 1986 [9]
  • A Pictorial History of Appanoose County, Iowa [10]
  • A Pictorial History of Appanoose County, Iowa. [11]
  • 100th Anniversary: Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, Centerville, Iowa, 1896-1996. [12]
  • A Report on the Rathbun Dam [13]
  • Rathbun Dam History. [14]
  • Early Pioneer Stories [15]
  • The Place-Names of Appanoose County, Iowa [16]
  • Historical Sketches of Pioneer Days in Appanoose County, Iowa [17]
  • A Pictorial History of the Towns of Appanoose County Past and Present [18]
  • Heusinkveld, W. M. Cemeteries of Appanoose County, Iowa. [Centerville, IA: W. M. Heusinkveld, 1999]
  • Heusinkveld, Willis M., Editor.  Mormon Trails Across Appanoose County, Iowa. [Centerville, IA: Appanoose County Mormon Trail Association, 1995]
  • Heusinkveld, W. M. Nine Appanoose Regiments in the Civil War. [Centerville, IA: W. M. Heusinkveld, 2007]
  • Heusinkveld, W. M. The History of Coal Mining in Appanoose County, Iowa. [Centerville, IA: W. M. Heusinkveld, 2007]
  • Heusinkveld, W. M.  This Day in Iowa History.  [Centerville, IA: Appanoose County Sesquicentennial Commission, 1995]
  • Iowa State Association of Counties.The History of County Government In Iowa.  [Des Moines, IA: Iowa State Association of Counties, ????]  Brochure.  Online on Appanoose County Website.
  • Iowa State Association of Counties. The Structure of County Government in Iowa - Elected and Appointed Offices.  [Des Moines, IA: Iowa State Association of Counties, ????]  Brochure.  Online on Appanoose County Website.
  • Iowa State Association of Counties. Iowa County Government Organizational Chart.  [Des Moines, IA: Iowa State Association of Counties, September 2003.  Online on Appanoose County Website.
  • Iowa State Association of Counties. Understanding County Government.  [Des Moines, IA: Iowa State Association of Counties, ????] Brochure.  Online on Appanoose County Website.
  • Johnson, Helen Taylor.  Rural School Memories, Appanoose County, Iowa. [Centerville, IA: Helen Taylor Johnson, 19??]  Information, memories and pictures contributed by many volunteers about the 140 schools in Appanoose County in 1912.
  • Johnson, M. Ruth, Compiled and Researched by.  Postoffices and Postmasters of Appanoose County, Iowa, 1846 to 1988.  [Centerville, IA: M. Ruth Johnson, 1988]
  • Jones, Mark H.  Inventory of County Records - Appanoose County, Iowa.  [Iowa City, IA: County Records Project, Iowa State Historical Department, Division of State Historical Society, 1978] [FHL US/CAN Film #1036271, Item #18, Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979]
  • Lewis, S. Thompson.   Biographical and Genealogical History of Appanoose and Monroe Counties, Iowa. [New York & Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1903.  Online on the Internet Archive.  Biographies from Biographical and Genealogical History of Appanoose and Monroe Counties, Iowa, transcribed in Iowa Biographies Project.
  • Iowa State Planning Board.  An Approach to County Planning, Appanoose County. [Des Moines, IA: Iowa State Planning Board, April 1936]  Online Appanoose County Planning and Zoning Homepage.
  • Iowa State Planning Board, Committee on Business and Industry.  The Industrial History of Appanoose County, Iowa.  [Des Moines, IA: Iowa State Planning Board, Committee on Business and Industry, 1935]  Online in the Iowa Digital Library
  • "National Register of Historic Places in Appanoose County, Iowa."  Online in Wikipedia.
  • "Pioneer Roll of Honor" published in the Daily Iowegian, 10 January 1934, and reprinted by the Appanoose County Genealogical Society.
  • "Post Offices in Appanoose County, 1865" from Iowa State Gazetteer, compiled and edited by James T. Hair [Chicago: Bailey & Hair, 1865]
  • Ramsey, Guy R.  "Names of Old Towns Fading into Haze of Past Memories,"  The Daily Iowegian, 28 November 1948. 
  • Stamps, Maurice.  Shoal Creek Legends.  [Seymour, IA: Seymour Community Club, April 2007]  The three volumes of Shoal Creek Legends were originally newspaper articles published in The Seymour Herald; printed and sold by the Seymour Community Club as fundraising projects.  Maurice Stamps grew up around Shoal Creek in Franklin Township, Appanoose County, and served many years as a teacher and administrator in the Seymour Community Schools.
  • Stamps, Maurice.  More Shoal Creek Legends. [Seymour, IA: Seymour Community Club, August 2007]
  • Stamps, Maurice.  Shoal Creek Legends 3. [Seymour, IA: Seymour Community Club, 2009] 
  • The History of Appanoose County, Iowa [Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1878]  Online in Internet Archive. Online in Google Books.  Biographies from The History of Appanoose County, Iowa, are transcribed in Iowa Biographies Project.
  • Taylor, L. L., Editor.  Past and Present of Appanoose County, Iowa - Volume 1 [Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913] Online in Google eBookstore.  Online in Internet Archive.
  • Taylor, L. L. Editor.  Past and Present of Appanoose County, Iowa - Volume II [Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company,m 1913] Online in Google eBookstore.  Online in Internet Archive. Biographies from Past and Present of Appanoose County, Iowa, transcribed in Iowa Biographies Project.
  • "Tour of Iowa Counties: Appanoose County" published in the Daily State Register, February 10, 11 and 12, 1869.  Online in America's GenealogyBank. 
  • Worth, Goldie, Compiled by.  The History of Medicine in Appanoose County.  [Centerville, IA: Presented to Appanoose County Medical Society, November 1962] 
  • Young, Ann E. and Mary Jo Den Hartog.  One Solid Comfort.  [Centerville, IA: Printed by Town Crier, LTD, Pella, Iowa, for the Mercy Medical Center, 2010]  A history of St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in celebration of its 100th Anniversary.

.* Iowa Labor History Oral Project Davis, Merle O., Interviewer Iowa Labor History Oral Project .Cedar Rapids, IA: Heritage Microfilm Inc., 2001 State Historical Society of Iowa Special Collections.

  • Centerville:  Oral interviews in Centerville, Iowa, conducted on 13 October 1981 with John Buban, Charles Cortesio, Charles Fox and Joe Padavich; one microfilm reel - 35 mm;
  • Mystic: Oral interviews in Mystic, Iowa, conducted in 1981 with John and Jennie Ducey, Marcel Gerard, and John Kuchan; one microfil reel - 35 mm.
  • Who's Who in Iowa, a Biographical Record of Iowa's Leaders in Business, Professional and Public Life. [19]
  • Who's Who in 1940 online on the Appanoose County IAGenWeb page
  • Shoal Creek Legends. [20]The three volumes of Shoal Creek Legends were originally newspaper articles published in The Seymour Herald; printed and sold by the Seymour Community Club as fundraising projects. Maurice Stamps grew up around Shoal Creek in Franklin Township, Appanoose County, and served many years as a teacher and administrator in the Seymour Community Schools.
  • More Shoal Creek Legends. [21]
  • 'Shoal Creek Legends 3 [22]

Land Records

Maps and Atlases

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

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Appanoose County, Iowa Genealogy for European settlers included:

Military History and Records

Civil War
World War I
World War II

Museums Archives and Libraries

  • Appanoose County Historical and Coal Mining Museum
    100 West Maple
    Centerville, Iowa 52544
  • Drake Public Library
    115 Drake Avenue, Centerville, Iowa 52544
    See it's collections and resources for local and family history research related to Appanoose County. The Genealogical Society of Appanoose County collection is housed at the Drake Public Library. The genealogy section features family histories, local plat maps, historic phone directories, school yearbooks from area schools, and miscellaneous histories of ghost towns. A microfilm reader is provided at the library to view the microfilm collection which includes: Centerville newspapers 1861-Present, Circuit Court Records, Miscellaneous Church Records, Appanoose County Probate Records, Census Records, Other Iowa Newspapers, Land Records, and Marriage Records.
  • Iowa Genealogical Society Library
    628 East Grand Avenue
    Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1924
    See it's collections and resources for local and family history research related to Appanoose County.
  • Prairie Trails Museum of Wayne County and Historical and Genealogical Library
    515 East Jefferson Street (Route #2)
    Corydon, Iowa 50060
    See it's collections and resources for local and family history research.
  • State Historical Society of Iowa's archives, libraries and museum
    See it's collections and resources for local and family history research related to Appanoose County.
  • The Wabash Depot Museum
    800 West North Street
    Moravia, Iowa
    Obtained from the Norfolk and Southern Railroad in 1976 when the line was discontinued through Moravia, Iowa. Displays include a section car used on the rails in the early 1900s, an operational signal board for signaling train crews before modern radio communications were used, models of trains and railroads that once crossed Appanoose County and Moravia, and artifacts of local history providing a look at how people once lived in Moravia.

Native American

Naturalization Records

Newspapers

The Newspaper Directory on the Library of Congress' Chronicling America lists 21 newspapers which have been published in Appanoose County, Iowa.  The site tells the years in which each newspaper was published, detailed information about each paper, and identifies the major libraries that have holdings of it and which issues each library holds.  There were other newspapers (in Mystic and Cincinnati) published in Appanoose County, but no copies of them exist.  Also, information on Appanoose County often appeared in newspapers in neighboring counties -- Wayne County, Davis County, Lucas County, Monroe County, Wapello County in Iowa; and Putnam County and Schuyler County in Missouri.

  • Book of obituaries, Appanoose County, Iowa Newspapers clippings 1899-1939 and 1910-1950 [24]

Occupations

Farming

Mining

Railroads

Societies

Meets in the Iowa Room at the Drake Public Library on the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. See list of their publications which are available. Information on coal mines in Appanoose County, this museum is a treasure trove of information. It stores hundreds of books from the old mines. There are also old mortgages and other bank records that can be found here, though they are not organized.

Vital Records

Birth Records

  • Early births in Appanoose County, Iowa 1880-1901 [25]
  • Birth records, 1880-1935 [26]

Marriage Records

  • Index to early marriages, Appanoose County, Iowa [27] Contains: Vol 1. Bride's index, 1846-1900 -- Vol 2. Groom's index, 1847- 1900
  • Iowa, 1851-1900 Marriages from 1851 to 1900 [28]
  • Marriage records, 1842-1928 [29]

Death Records

  • Early deaths in Appanoose County, Iowa Index to early death records, Appanoose County, Iowa. Contains Vol. 1. 1880-1903[30]
Obituaries
  • Book of obituaries, Appanoose County, Iowa [31]

Web Sites

Sources and Footnotes

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Company, 1886 Online in Internet Archive
  3. Sargent, Diane. ;Children Buried in Iowa Cemeteries: Appanoose County. WorldCat 46801675 Anaheim, CA: Tiger Press, 199?
  4. Sargent, Diane. ;Military Buried in Iowa Cemeteries: Appanoose County. Anaheim, CA: Tiger Press, 1998 WorldCat 46891722
  5. Films FHL 956387–417
  6. Films FHL 956418–42
  7. Mott; Davide C. in The Annals of Iowa, Volume XVII, Nos. 6, 7 and 8, and Volume XVIII, Nos. 1, 2 and 3, 1930-1932. WorldCat 3596991
  8. Online on Appanoose County Website. Revised by W. M. Heusinkveld and reprinted by the Appanoose County Historical and Coal Mining Museum in 2010
  9. Appanoose County Historical Society, Compiled by. The History of Appanoose County, Iowa - 1986. Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Company, 1986; 1986 Appanoose County History Book Index ;Centerville, IA: Appanoose County Genealogical Society, 1990
  10. Arnold, John, Compiled by. A Pictorial History of Appanoose County, Iowa. Volume I.Marceline, MO: D-Books Publishing, 1996
  11. Maxwell, Becky' A Pictorial History of Appanoose County, Iowa. Volume II. Marceline, MO: D-Books Publishing, 2010
  12. Beck, Robert Knowlton: 100th Anniversary: Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, Centerville, Iowa, 1896-1996. Centerville, IA: Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, 1996
  13. Beck, Robert Knowlton; Report on the Rathbun Dam Centerville, IA: Daily Iowegian, 1954?
  14. Beck, Robert Knowlton, and Dan Ehl. Rathbun Dam History. Centerville, IA: Iowegian, 1976
  15. Centerville, IA: Appanoose County Genealogical Society, 19??] Reprint of articles in the Progress Anniversary Edition of the Centerville Daily Iowegian, 10 January 1934.
  16. Fitzpatrick, T. J.; The Place-Names of Appanoose County, Iowa published in American Speech, Volume 3, Number 1 (October, 1927), pp. 39-66, published by the Duke University Press. Reprinted by the Appanoose County Genealogical Society. Digitized by JSTOR which can be accessed through a participating library or institution.
  17. Heusinkveld, W. M.; Historical Sketches of Pioneer Days in Appanoose County, Iowa Centerville, IA: Bill Heusinkveld, 2004] Originally written as columns for the Centerville Daily Iowegian from July 2002 to July 2004.
  18. Heusinkveld, W. M. A Pictorial History of the Towns of Appanoose County Past and Present,including "Monuments of Ghost Towns" by O. R. Parks. Centerville, IA: W. M. Heusinkveld, 2003
  19. The Iowa Press Association. Who's Who in Iowa, a Biographical Record of Iowa's Leaders in Business, Professional and Public Life. Des Moines, IA: Iowa Press Association, 1940; Transcriptions of the biographical sketches of Appanoose County's leaders included in this publication are online on the Appanoose County IAGenWeb page.
  20. Stamps, Maurice. Shoal Creek Legends. Seymour, IA: Seymour Community Club, April 2007.
  21. Stamps, Maurice. More Shoal Creek Legends. Seymour, IA: Seymour Community Club, August 2007
  22. Stamps, Maurice. Shoal Creek Legends 3 Seymour, IA: Seymour Community Club, 2009
  23. National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/mopi/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  24. Singley, Eva B; Book of obituaries, Appanoose County, Iowa Newspaper clippings 1910-1950 FHL 1703826 Items 8-11 1899-1939 FHL 703827 Item 1
  25. Early births in Appanoose County, Iowa 1880-1901 FHL 977.789 V2
  26. Birth records, 1880-1935 Films Birth records v. 5 (partial copy) 1909-1914 FHL 1007186 Item 5
    Birth records v. 5-6, 1909-1935 FHL 1674113 Items 1 - 2
    Register of births v. 1-2 1880-1895 FHL 1007185
    Register of births v. 3-4, 1895-1908 FHL 1007186 Items 1 - 3
  27. Index to early marriages, Appanoose County, Iowa FHL 977.789 V22i
  28. FHL CD-ROM no. 9 pt. 222
  29. Marriage records, 1842-1928 List of Records found at the Family History Library
  30. Early deaths in Appanoose County, Iowa Book FHL 977.789 V22
  31. Singley, Eva B; Book of obituaries, Appanoose County, Iowa Newspaper clippings 1910-1950 FHL 1703826 1899-1939 FHL 703827 Item 1