Cedar County, Iowa Genealogy

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

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Cedar County, Iowa
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Location in the state of Iowa
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Founded December 21, 1837
County Seat Tipton
Address 400 Cedar Street
Tipton, IA 52772
Phone:(563) 886-2230
Cedar County Website

County Courthouse

Cedar County Courthouse
400 Cedar Street
Tipton, IA 52772
Phone:(563) 886-2230


Formed from sections of Dubuque County on December 21, 1837, Cedar County was named for the Red Cedar River which runs through the county. During the Great Depression, farmers rose in violent protest against state policy. The Cedar County War ensued in 1931.
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Cedar County, Iowa
  • A Topical History of Cedar County, Iowa [1]
  • History of Cedar County, Iowa 1878 [2]

Parent County

1837--Cedar County was created 21 December 1837 from Dubuque County. The County seat is Tipton [3]

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

For a list of record loss in Iowa Counties see: Iowa Counties with Burned Courthouses


Populated Places


  • Bennett
  • Clarence
  • Durant
  • Lowden
  • Mechanicsville
  • Stanwood
  • Tipton
  • West Branch
  • Wilton

Other localities

  • Cedar Bluff
  • Cedar Valley
  • Centerdale
  • Downey
  • Lime City
  • Plato
  • Rochester
  • Springdale
  • Sunbury
  • Wald


Cedar County is divided into seventeen townships:

  • Cass
  • Center
  • Dayton
  • Fairfield
  • Farmington
  • Fremont
  • Gower
  • Inland
  • Iowa
  • Linn
  • Massillon
  • Pioneer
  • Red Oak
  • Rochester
  • Springdale
  • Springfield
  • Sugar Creek

Neighboring Counties

Clinton • Johnson • Jones • Linn • Muscatine • Scott

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  • Andre Cemetery
  • Bolton Burial Site
  • Brink Cemetery
  • Burtonwood
  • Cedar Bluff Cemetery
  • Center Cemetery
  • Center Ross Cemetery
  • Clarence Cemetery
  • Dayton Valley Cemetery
  • Downey Cemetery
  • Dumont Cemetery
  • Durant
  • Evergreen Hill Cemetery
  • Hanna Cemetery
  • Fairview Cemetery
  • Friends Village Cemetery
  • Gower Cemetery
  • Hanna Cemetery
  • Healey Cemetery
  • Hebron Cemetery
  • Hickory Grove Cemetery
  • Honey Grove Cemetery
  • Howard Cemetery
  • Inland Cemetery
  • Jordan Grove
  • Kempton Cemetery
  • Lime City Cemetery
  • Lowden Cemetery
  • Mason Cemetery
  • Mason-Wallick Cemetery
  • Masonic Cemetery
  • Massillon Cemetery
  • Moneka Cemetery
  • Mount Zion Church Cemetery
  • North Liberty Cemetery
  • Ocheltree Family Cemetery
  • Parr Cemetery
  • Pee Dee Cemetery
  • Pioneer Cemetery
  • Plato United Brethren
  • Red Oak Cemetery
  • Rochester Cemetery
  • Rose Hill Cemetery
  • Rosewood
  • Saint Johns Cemetery
  • Saint Josephs Cemetery
  • Saint Marys Catholic Cemetery
  • Sand Hill Cemetery
  • Scattergood Cemetery
  • Sharon Cemetery
  • Shawver Cemetery
  • South Bethel Cemetery
  • Springdale Cemetery
  • Stanwood Cemetery
  • Tipton Cemetery
  • Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery
  • Union Cemetery
  • Van Horn Cemetery
  • Virginia Grove Cemetery
  • Wentzel Cemetery
  • West Bethel Cemetery
  • West Branch Cemetery
  • Whitmer Cemetery
  • Wood Bridge Cemetery
  • Wright Cemetery
  • York Prairie Cemetery


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.


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.

  • Records of the St. John's Lutheran Church, Cedar County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
Methodist Church. West Branch circuit Church Records [4] Contents
Baptisms, 1860-1861, 1866-1878 -- marriages, 1866-1877 -- probationers -- alphabetical list of members. Also contains records for Zion Chapel, Brick Chapel, Zion Church, Brick Church, Morris Schoolhouse, McCormick in Cedar and Johnson Counties.



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 Cedar 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.



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


Civil War

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

- 5th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
- 11th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 24th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies B, C and D
- 46th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company I


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



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 - Cedar - 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

See also a List of Iowa Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Family History Centers

Web Sites

Sources and Footnotes

  1. A Topical History of Cedar County, Iowa Google Books
  2. History of Cedar County, Iowa 1878
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Methodist Church. West Branch circuit FHL 986174 Item 1
  5. 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).