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Guide to '''Benton County, Iowa ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
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| founded year = 1837
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| founded date = December 21
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| building address = Benton County Courthouse<br>111 E. 4th St.<br>P. O. Box 719<br>Vinton, IA 52349-1771 <br> Phone: (319) 833-3012 <br>[http://www.cobentoniaus.com/ '''Benton County Website'''] }}
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=== County Information ===
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==== Benton County, Iowa Record Dates  ====
  
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>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</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benton County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benton County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benton County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benton County, Iowa Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Benton County, Iowa Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benton County, Iowa Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1852
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1840
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1847
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1856
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
Benton County Courthouse<br>111 E. 4th St.<br>P. O. Box 719<br>Vinton, IA 52349-1771  
 
Benton County Courthouse<br>111 E. 4th St.<br>P. O. Box 719<br>Vinton, IA 52349-1771  
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[http://www.cobentoniaus.com/ Benton County]  
 
[http://www.cobentoniaus.com/ Benton County]  
  
== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1837--'''Benton County was created 21 December 1837&nbsp;from [[Dubuque County, Iowa|Dubuque]] County. Benton County was attached to Jackson and Linn Counties prior to organization 1 March 1846. '''County seat:''' Vinton <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1837--'''Benton County was created 21 December 1837&nbsp;from [[Dubuque County, Iowa Genealogy|Dubuque]] County. Benton County was attached to Jackson and Linn Counties prior to organization 1 March 1846. '''County seat:''' Vinton <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
'''1853''' -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.  
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For animated maps illustrating Iowa County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ "Rotating Formation Iowa County Boundary Maps"] (1816-1872) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
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==== Records Loss  ====
  
*[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research in FamilySearch Wiki]]
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'''1853''' Courthouse burned but there was no record loss.<br>
*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Michael John Neill, ''Burned Counties'' in Family History Circle]
 
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Places/Localities  ===
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Benton, Atkins|place|disp=Atkins}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Benton, Belle Plaine|place|disp=Belle Plaine}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Benton, Blairstown|place|disp=Blairstown}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Benton, Garrison|place|disp=Garrison}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Benton, Harrison Township|place|disp=Harrison Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Benton, Keystone|place|disp=Keystone}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Benton, Luzerne|place|disp=Luzerne}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Benton, Mt. Auburn|place|disp=Mt. Auburn}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Benton, Newhall|place|disp=Newhall}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Benton, Norway|place|disp=Norway}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Benton, Shellsburg|place|disp=Shellsburg}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Benton, Van Horne|place|disp=Van Horne}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Benton, Vinton|place|disp=Vinton}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Benton, Walford|place|disp=Walford}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Benton, Watkins|place|disp=Watkins}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Black Hawk County, Iowa|Black Hawk]] | [[Buchanan County, Iowa|Buchanan]] | [[Iowa County, Iowa|Iowa]] | [[Johnson County, Iowa|Johnson]] | [[Linn County, Iowa|Linn]] | [[Poweshiek County, Iowa|Poweshiek]] | [[Tama County, Iowa|Tama]]  
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[[Black Hawk County, Iowa Genealogy|Black Hawk]]{{•}} [[Buchanan County, Iowa Genealogy|Buchanan]]{{•}} [[Iowa County, Iowa Genealogy|Iowa]] {{•}} [[Johnson County, Iowa Genealogy|Johnson]]{{•}} [[Linn County, Iowa Genealogy|Linn]]{{•}} [[Poweshiek County, Iowa Genealogy|Poweshiek]]{{•}} [[Tama County, Iowa Genealogy|Tama]]  
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<center>{{IABenton County, Iowa Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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=== Resources  ===
  
== Resources ==
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==== Cemeteries ====
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=14&GScnty=552&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|530081|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=14&CScnty=552 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iagenweb.org/benton/site_map.htm IAGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Benton+Iowa&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Iowa&county=Benton&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ia/benton/cemetery.html IAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/iowa/benton.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iowagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?cid=6 Iowa Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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==== Census ====
  
==== Census ====
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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.
  
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.
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'''''State Census'''''
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*'''1895''' - {{RecordSearch|1803957|Iowa State Census, 1895}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1905''' - {{RecordSearch|2126961|Iowa State Census, 1905}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1915''' - {{RecordSearch|2240483|Iowa State Census, 1915}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1925''' - {{RecordSearch|2224537|Iowa State Census, 1925}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{IA Church Intro}}
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*Records of the American Lutheran Church, El Dorado, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{IA Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories&nbsp;  ====
 
==== Local Histories&nbsp;  ====
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{{IA History}}
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*''The history of Benton County, Iowa&nbsp;: containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, &amp;c., a biographical directory of its 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 Benton County, Constitution of the United States, miscellaneous matters &amp;c''. Chicago, Illinois&nbsp;: Western Historical Co., 1878.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE4112723 FamilySearch] (Free)
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*Jones, Tracy. ''Notes from the 1878 "History of Benton County"''. Published by the Chicago Western Historical Company.
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**Online at [http://iagenweb.org/benton/history/1878/1878_history_index.htm IAGenweb] (Free)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; Maps of Iowa]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*'''1861-1949''' - {{RecordSearch|2351982|Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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===== Civil War  =====
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[5th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|5th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company G
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:- [[8th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|8th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company D
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:- [[13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company G
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:- [[16th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|16th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company I
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:- [[18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company H
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:- [[28th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|28th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Companies A and D<br>
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:- [[47th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)|47th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company C
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{wikipedia|List of online newspaper archives|List of online newspaper archives}}  
 
{{wikipedia|List of online newspaper archives|List of online newspaper archives}}  
  
*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has historical newspapers online including [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=39&ci=4783 Cedar Rapids newspapers] and [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=39&ci=32008 Waterloo newspapers] that may have included Benton County residents. This database is free at some libraries.
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*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has historical newspapers online including [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=39&ci=4783 Cedar Rapids newspapers] and [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=39&ci=32008 Waterloo newspapers] that may have included Benton County residents. This database is free at some libraries.  
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*Digital Archives of The Belle Plaine Community Library's <u>[http://belleplaine.advantage-preservation.com/ Link]</u> website has historical newspapers of Belle Plaine, Benton, Iowa. Publication tiles found: The Belle Plaine Union, Every Other Daily Union, South Benton Star Press, Star Press Union, The Belle Plaine Union and Herald, Lever, Independent, Fontanelie Observer, Preston Times, The Bedford Times Press. Years covered: 1883 - 2012. [http://belleplaine.advantage-preservation.com/ Link]<br>
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*The Benton County Historical Society's <u>[http://belleplaine.advantage-preservation.com/ Link] </u> website has historical newspapers of Venton, Benton, Iowa. Publication tiles found: The Vinton Eagle, Vinton Semi-Weekly Eagle, The Semi-Weekly Vinton Eagle. Years covered: 1855 - 1926. [http://bentoncounty.advantage-preservation.com/ Link]<br>
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*Vinton Review Newspaper - Nov 2014 Historical Board have approved to have it scanned and place online. It covers Jan 7, 1898 to Dec 27, 1917. The printing of it is so clear it looks like is ws published yesterday. It should be avilable in a month. Infomation from Matha Long
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1758 - 1997''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9064 Iowa Wills and Probate Records 1758-1997] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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{{IA Probate Intro|Benton}}
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{IA Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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{{IA Vital Intro}}
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=====Births=====
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*'''1850-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|2527591|Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=====Marriages=====
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*'''1838-1934''' - {{RecordSearch|1805551|Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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=====Deaths=====
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*'''1850-1990''' - {{RecordSearch|1674841|Iowa, Deaths and Burials 1850-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] - index
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*'''1880-1992'''- {{RecordSearch|2110820|Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index<br>
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*'''1921-1940''' - {{RecordSearch|2531337|Iowa, Death Records, 1921-1940}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
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'''Benton County Genealogical Society'''<br>1808 9th Avenue<br>Belle Plaine, IA 52208<br>[http://iagenweb.org/benton/bcgs/index.htm Website]
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'''Benton County Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 22<br>Vinton, IA 52349<br>Telephone:319- 472-4325<br>[http://iagenweb.org/benton/bchs/bchs.htm Website]
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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[[Belle Plaine Iowa Family History Center]] 1st Ave &amp; 16th Belle Plaine IA 52208 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=1st+Ave+%26+16th+Belle+Plaine+IA+52208&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x87e577e3e7a00d8d%3A0xe5189303ea7682e3!3m8!1m3!1d3468!2d-94.9456247!3d41.4031545!3m2!1i1350!2i890!4f13.1!4m2!3d41.9007341!4d-92.2880982 Location Map]
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==== Websites  ====
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
  
==== Family Hsitory Centers  ====
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| width="30%" | [http://www.iowahistory.org/search.html?q=benton+county&btnG=Search+%C2%BB State Historical Society of Iowa]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | list and links to data and "hard copy" material - results of "benton county" placed in search box
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| width="30%" | [http://www.iowaheritage.org/items/browse?search=benton+county&submit_search=Search+All The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural insitutions - results of "benton county" in the search box
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| width="30%" | [http://publications.iowa.gov/cgi/search/simple?q=benton+county&_action_search=Search&_order=-byyear%2Fbytitle&basic_srchtype=ALL&_satisfyall=ALL State Library of Iowa]
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| width="20%" | Free
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| width="60%" | electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies - results of "benton county" in the search box
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| width="30%" | [http://iagenweb.org/benton// IAGenWeb Project]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://usgwarchives.net/ia/benton/benton.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1821206] [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2110820][https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1805551] FamilySearch
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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*[[Belle Plaine Iowa Family History Center]]
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/IA/Benton// RootsWeb Resources]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IA/benton/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ia/counties/benton/ CyndisList]  
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.stateofus.com/iowa/benton-county/ StateofUS.com]  
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | family history resources and government records
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== Web Sites  ==
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Iowa, Benton|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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| width="70%" | Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=benton+county+iowa&dblist=638&fq=s0%3A28000000&qt=facet_s0%3A WorldCat]
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| width="70%" | To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
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| width="30%" | [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=benton+county%2C+iowa&image.x=0&image.y=0 Allen County Public Library]
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| located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
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| width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>'''See also''' [[{{PAGENAME}}#Societies_and_Libraries|local libraries]] and [[Iowa Archives and Libraries]]</center>
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*{{FHL|Iowa%2C+Benton|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IA/Benton/ Benton County, Iowa Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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| width="30%" | [http://geneabloggers.com/genealogy-blogs/ GeneaBloggers]
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| width="70%" | enter "Iowa" in search box to see list and links to Iowa blogs
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| width="30%" | [https://plus.google.com/s/iowa%20genealogy Google+]
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| width="70%" | list of groups from "iowa genealogy" search
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| width="30" | [https://www.facebook.com/search/more/?q=iowa%20genealogy&sid=0.10269487418482515 Facebook]
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| width="70%" | list of groups from "Iowa Genealogy" search
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| width="30%" | [http://genforum.genealogy.com/ia/benton/ genealogy.com]
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| width="70%" | Benton County, IA Genealogy Forum
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| width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.iowa.counties.benton/mb.ashx ancestry.com]  
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| width="70%" | Benton County Message Board
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== References  ==
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=== References  ===
  
 
<references /> {{Iowa|Iowa}}  
 
<references /> {{Iowa|Iowa}}  
  
[[Category:Benton_County,_Iowa]]
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[[Category:Benton_County,_Iowa]] [[Category:Iowa Counties]] [[Category:Iowa_counties]]

Latest revision as of 19:36, 23 August 2017

United States
Iowa
Benton County

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

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Benton County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Benton County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 21, 1837
County Seat Vinton
Courthouse
Address Benton County Courthouse
111 E. 4th St.
P. O. Box 719
Vinton, IA 52349-1771
Phone: (319) 833-3012
Benton County Website


County Information

Benton County, Iowa Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1880 1852 1880 1840 1847 1856

County Courthouse

Benton County Courthouse
111 E. 4th St.
P. O. Box 719
Vinton, IA 52349-1771

(319) 833-3012

Benton County

History

Parent County

1837--Benton County was created 21 December 1837 from Dubuque County. Benton County was attached to Jackson and Linn Counties prior to organization 1 March 1846. County seat: Vinton [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.

Records Loss

1853 Courthouse burned but there was no record loss.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

For a list of cities and townships go to hometownlocator.com or wikipedia.org.

Neighboring Counties

Black Hawk • Buchanan • Iowa  • Johnson • Linn • Poweshiek • Tama

Benton CountyLinn CountyJohnson CountyIowa CountyPoweshiek CountyPoweshiek CountyBlack Hawk CountyBuchanan CountyDelaware CountyJones CountyCedar CountyMuscatine CountyLouisa CountyWashington CountyKeokuk CountyMahaska CountyJasper CountyMarshall CountyGrundy CountyButler CountyBremer CountyFayette CountyClayton CountyIABenton.JPG

Resources

Cemeteries

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.

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.

State Census

Church

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.


Lutheran
  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, El Dorado, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court

Land

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 Benton 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 Benton County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, &c., a biographical directory of its 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 Benton County, Constitution of the United States, miscellaneous matters &c. Chicago, Illinois : Western Historical Co., 1878.
  • Jones, Tracy. Notes from the 1878 "History of Benton County". Published by the Chicago Western Historical Company.

Maps

Military

Civil War

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

- 5th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 8th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 16th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
- 18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
- 28th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies A and D
- 47th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company C

Newspapers

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives
  • NewspaperArchive.com ($) has historical newspapers online including Cedar Rapids newspapers and Waterloo newspapers that may have included Benton County residents. This database is free at some libraries.
  • Digital Archives of The Belle Plaine Community Library's Link website has historical newspapers of Belle Plaine, Benton, Iowa. Publication tiles found: The Belle Plaine Union, Every Other Daily Union, South Benton Star Press, Star Press Union, The Belle Plaine Union and Herald, Lever, Independent, Fontanelie Observer, Preston Times, The Bedford Times Press. Years covered: 1883 - 2012. Link
  • The Benton County Historical Society's Link website has historical newspapers of Venton, Benton, Iowa. Publication tiles found: The Vinton Eagle, Vinton Semi-Weekly Eagle, The Semi-Weekly Vinton Eagle. Years covered: 1855 - 1926. Link
  • Vinton Review Newspaper - Nov 2014 Historical Board have approved to have it scanned and place online. It covers Jan 7, 1898 to Dec 27, 1917. The printing of it is so clear it looks like is ws published yesterday. It should be avilable in a month. Infomation from Matha Long

Probate

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 - Benton - Probate records.


Taxation

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.

Births
Marriages
Deaths

Societies and Libraries

Benton County Genealogical Society
1808 9th Avenue
Belle Plaine, IA 52208
Website

Benton County Historical Society
PO Box 22
Vinton, IA 52349
Telephone:319- 472-4325
Website

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.

Belle Plaine Iowa Family History Center 1st Ave & 16th Belle Plaine IA 52208 United States Location Map

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to Benton County, Iowa Genealogy
State Historical Society of Iowa Free list and links to data and "hard copy" material - results of "benton county" placed in search box
The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection Free digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural insitutions - results of "benton 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 "benton county" in the search box
IAGenWeb Project Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be 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 Benton 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 ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS.com Free family history resources and government records
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Benton 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 Benton 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 Benton County, IA Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Benton County Message Board

References

  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).