Butler County, Iowa Genealogy

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Online Records

County Courthouse

Butler County Courthouse
P. O. Box 325
Allison, IA 50602

(319) 267-2487

Butler County


Parent County

1851--Butler County was created 15 January 1851 from unorganized territory. The county was attached to Buchanan and Black Hawk Counties prior to its organization 2 October 1854.  County seat:  Allison [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

  • Allison
  • Aplington
  • Aredale
  • Austinville
  • Bristow
  • Butler Center
  • Clarksville
  • Coster
  • Dumont
  • Eleanor
  • Greene
  • Kesley
  • New Albion
  • New Hartford
  • Packard
  • Parkersburg
  • Pilot Rock
  • Shell Rock
  • Sinclair
  • Swanton
  • Wilmar

Neighboring Counties

Black Hawk | Bremer | Cerro Gordo | Chickasaw | Floyd | Franklin | Grundy | Hardin




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

  • History of Butler County Iowa: A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress, and Achievement Vol. 1 [2]Volume 2 includes biographies.




Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives
  • NewspaperArchive.com ($) has historical newspapers online including Waterloo newspapers that may have included Butler County residents. This database is free at some libraries.



Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

Sources and Footnotes

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Hart, Irving H.; History of Butler County Iowa: A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress, and Achievement Vol. 1, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914 Google Books WorldCat 6114539