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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Iowa]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Cerro Gordo County'''
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Guide to '''Cerro Gordo County Iowa genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Cerro Gordo 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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{{Click|Image:IA_ORP.png|Iowa Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County  
 
| county = Cerro Gordo County  
 
| county = Cerro Gordo County  
 
| county_map = Iowa Cerro Gordo Map.png
 
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| founded date = January 15
 
| founded date = January 15
 
| seat = Mason City
 
| seat = Mason City
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| building address = Cerro Gordo County Courthouse<br>220 North Washington Avenue<br>Mason City, Iowa 50401<br> Phone:(641) 421-3056<br>[http://www.co.cerro-gordo.ia.us/Courthouse/Contacts.cfm '''Cerro Gordo County Website'''] }}  
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| building address = Cerro Gordo County Courthouse<br>220 North Washington Avenue<br>Mason City, Iowa 50401<br> Phone:(641) 421-3056<br>[http://www.co.cerro-gordo.ia.us/ '''Cerro Gordo County Website'''] }}  
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Record Dates  ====
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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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" | '''[[Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1855
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
Cerro Gordo County Courthouse<br>220 North Washington Avenue<br>Mason City, Iowa 50401<br>  
 
Cerro Gordo County Courthouse<br>220 North Washington Avenue<br>Mason City, Iowa 50401<br>  
  
(641) 421-3056<br><br>[http://www.co.cerro-gordo.ia.us/Courthouse/Contacts.cfm Cerro Gordo County]  
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(641) 421-3056<br><br>[http://www.co.cerro-gordo.ia.us/ Cerro Gordo County]  
  
 
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== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1851--'''Cerro Gordo County was created 15 January 1851&nbsp;from&nbsp;unorganized territory. It was attached to Floyd County prior to organization 29&nbsp;December 1855. &nbsp;'''County seat:&nbsp;''' Mason City <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1851--'''Cerro Gordo County was created 15 January 1851&nbsp;from&nbsp;unorganized territory. It was attached to Floyd County prior to organization 29&nbsp;December 1855. &nbsp;'''County seat:&nbsp;''' Mason City <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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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.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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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, Cerro Gordo, Burchinal|place|disp=Burchinal}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Cerro Gordo, Clear Lake|place|disp=Clear Lake}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Cerro Gordo, Dougherty|place|disp=Dougherty}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Cerro Gordo, Falls Township|place|disp=Falls Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Cerro Gordo, Geneseo Township|place|disp=Geneseo Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Cerro Gordo, Mason City|place|disp=Mason City}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Cerro Gordo, Plymouth|place|disp=Plymouth}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Cerro Gordo, Rock Falls|place|disp=Rock Falls}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Cerro Gordo, Rockwell|place|disp=Rockwell}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Cerro Gordo, Swaledale|place|disp=Swaledale}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Cerro Gordo, Thornton|place|disp=Thornton}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Cerro Gordo, Ventura|place|disp=Ventura}}
  
 
=== Populated Places  ===
 
=== Populated Places  ===
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=== Neighboring Counties  ===
 
=== Neighboring Counties  ===
  
[[Butler County, Iowa|Butler]] | [[Floyd County, Iowa|Floyd]] | [[Franklin County, Iowa|Franklin]] | [[Hancock County, Iowa|Hancock]] | [[Mitchell County, Iowa|Mitchell]] | [[Winnebago County, Iowa|Winnebago]] | [[Worth County, Iowa|Worth]] | [[Wright County, Iowa|Wright]]  
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[[Butler County, Iowa Genealogy|Butler]]{{•}} [[Floyd County, Iowa Genealogy|Floyd]]{{•}} [[Franklin County, Iowa Genealogy|Franklin]]{{•}} [[Hancock County, Iowa Genealogy|Hancock]]{{•}} [[Mitchell County, Iowa Genealogy|Mitchell]]{{•}} [[Winnebago County, Iowa Genealogy|Winnebago]]{{•}} [[Worth County, Iowa Genealogy|Worth]]{{•}} [[Wright County, Iowa Genealogy|Wright]]  
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<center>{{IACerro Gordo County, Iowa Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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=== Resources  ===
  
== Resources ==
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==== 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=563&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|343344|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=563 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iagenweb.org/cerrogordo/cems/cemidx.htm IAGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Cerro+Gordo+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=Cerro%20Gordo&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ia/cerrogordo/cemetery.html IAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/iowa/cerrogordo.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iowagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?cid=17 Iowa Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
  
 
*[http://www.masoncity.net/pView.aspx?id=1365&catid=58 Elmwood Cemetery]&nbsp;(also known as Elmwood - St. Joseph's Cemetery)<br>
 
*[http://www.masoncity.net/pView.aspx?id=1365&catid=58 Elmwood Cemetery]&nbsp;(also known as Elmwood - St. Joseph's Cemetery)<br>
  
 
1224 S Washington Ave<br>Mason City<br>Cerro Gordo County<br>Iowa USA<br>Postal Code: 50401<br>Phone: 641-421-3687<br>  
 
1224 S Washington Ave<br>Mason City<br>Cerro Gordo County<br>Iowa USA<br>Postal Code: 50401<br>Phone: 641-421-3687<br>  
 
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Memorial Park Cemetery - located outside of city limits  
 
Memorial Park Cemetery - located outside of city limits  
 
 
11495 265th St<br>Mason City, IA 50401<br>866-282-2372  
 
11495 265th St<br>Mason City, IA 50401<br>866-282-2372  
 
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Clear Lake Cemetery  
 
Clear Lake Cemetery  
  
&nbsp; located off of N 20th St and 7th Avenue N<br>&nbsp; Clear Lake, IA  
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located off of N 20th St and 7th Avenue N<br>&nbsp; Clear Lake, IA  
  
Cemetery records are kept by the Public Works Office, located just by the cemetery <br>  
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Cemetery records are kept by the Public Works Office, located just by the cemetery <br>
  
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&nbsp; IOOF Cemetery<br>&nbsp; 1037 19th Street South West<br>&nbsp; Mason City<br>&nbsp; Cerro Gordo County<br>&nbsp; Iowa USA<br>&nbsp; Postal Code: 50401 Lincoln Township Cemetery:&nbsp; (FHL book 973 V3g, Vol. 5, page 200; film 599835, item 2)
 
 
&nbsp; IOOF Cemetery<br>&nbsp; 1037 19th Street South West<br>&nbsp; Mason City<br>&nbsp; Cerro Gordo County<br>&nbsp; Iowa USA<br>&nbsp; Postal Code: 50401 Lincoln Township Cemetery:&nbsp; (FHL book 973 V3g, Vol. 5, page 200; film 599835, item 2)  
 
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== 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.  
 
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}}
  
 
===== Lutheran  =====
 
===== Lutheran  =====
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==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Gazette  ====
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8407 Mason City Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa)] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
=== Local Histories&nbsp;  ===
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{{IA Land Intro}}
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==== Local Histories&nbsp;  ====
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{{IA History}}
  
 
==== [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iabiog/cerrogordo/h1910/h1910.htm History of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa]<br>  ====
 
==== [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iabiog/cerrogordo/h1910/h1910.htm History of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa]<br>  ====
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; Maps of Iowa]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*'''1835-1998''' - {{RecordSearch|2515886|Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, ca. 1835-1998}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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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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:- [[2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry|2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry]], Company I
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:- [[2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry|2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry]], Company I
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of digitized [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?co=7&s=39 Iowa newspapers] online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.  
 
NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of digitized [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?co=7&s=39 Iowa newspapers] online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.  
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*'''''Mason City Globe Gazette'''''. Mason City, IA, USA. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8407 Ancestry.com] ($)
  
 
==== 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|Cerro Gordo}}
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
==== Vital Records ====
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{{IA Tax Intro}}
  
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
{{IA Vital Intro}}
 
{{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 image
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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  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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'''North Central Iowa Genealogical Society'''<br>Nine northern Iowa Counties<br>Mason City Public Library<br>P.O. Box 237225<br>Second St. SE<br>Mason City, Iowa 50402-0237<br>E-mail: [mailto:ncigso@gmail.com ncigso@gmail.com]<br>[http://www.northcentraliowagenealogy.com Website]
  
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
*[[Mason City Iowa Family History Center]]
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*[[Mason City Iowa Family History Center]] 1309 S Kentucky Ave. S, Mason City, IA 50401 [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=1309+S+Kentucky+Ave+S+Mason+City%2C+IA+50401+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x87f10752ed8f197f%3A0x44c0d2a7a1a4e56e!3m8!1m3!1d3088!2d-123.385132!3d48.096297!3m2!1i1393!2i890!4f13.1!4m2!3d43.138944!4d-93.179823 Location Map]
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==== Websites  ====
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
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| width="30%" | [https://iowaculture.gov/history/research/collections State Historical Society of Iowa]
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| width="60%" | Select from research collection topics
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| width="30%" | [http://www.iowaheritage.org/items/browse?search=cerro+gordo+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 institutions - results of "cerro gordo county" in the search box
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| width="30%" | [http://publications.iowa.gov/cgi/search/simple?q=cerro+gordo+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 "cerro gordo county" in the search box
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| width="30%" | [http://iagenweb.org/cerrogordo/ 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://www.usgwarchives.net/ia/cerrogordo/cerrogordo.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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| width="100%" bgcolor="#94FFFF" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites that search for links pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/IA/CerroGordo// 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/Cerro_Gordo/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ia/counties/cerro-gordo/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/iowa/cerro-gordo-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, Cerro Gordo|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=cerro+gordo+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://www.acpl.lib.in.us/ 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+Cerro+Gordo|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IA/Cerro_Gordo/ Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#FAEBD7" colspan="3" | <center>'''Social networking sites pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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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://www.genealogy.com/forum/regional/states/topics/ia/ genealogy.com]
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| width="70%" | IA Genealogy Forum
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| width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.iowa.counties.cerrogordo/mb.ashx ancestry.com]
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| width="70%" | Cerro Gordo County Message Board
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== References  ==
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Latest revision as of 14:43, 7 December 2017

United States
Iowa
Cerro Gordo County

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

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Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Cerro Gordo County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 15, 1851
County Seat Mason City
Courthouse
IowaCerroGordoCourthouse.jpg
Address Cerro Gordo County Courthouse
220 North Washington Avenue
Mason City, Iowa 50401
Phone:(641) 421-3056
Cerro Gordo County Website


County Information

Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1880 1855 1880 1840 1855 1857

County Courthouse

Cerro Gordo County Courthouse
220 North Washington Avenue
Mason City, Iowa 50401

(641) 421-3056

Cerro Gordo County


History

Parent County

1851--Cerro Gordo County was created 15 January 1851 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Floyd County prior to organization 29 December 1855.  County seat:  Mason City [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.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Cities

Unincorporated communities

  • Burchinal
  • Cameron
  • Cartersville
  • Emery
  • Freeman
  • Hurley
  • Portland

Neighboring Counties

Butler • Floyd • Franklin • Hancock • Mitchell • Winnebago • Worth • Wright

Cerro Gordo CountyFloyd CountyButler CountyGrundy CountyHardin CountyFranklin CountyHamilton CountyWebster CountyHumboldt CountyKossuth CountyWright CountyHancock CountyWinnebago CountyWorth CountyMitchell CountyHoward CountyChickasaw CountyBremer CountyBlack Hawk CountyFaribault CountyFreeborn CountyMower CountyFillmore CountyIACerro Gordo (1).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.


1224 S Washington Ave
Mason City
Cerro Gordo County
Iowa USA
Postal Code: 50401
Phone: 641-421-3687

Memorial Park Cemetery - located outside of city limits 11495 265th St
Mason City, IA 50401
866-282-2372

Clear Lake Cemetery

located off of N 20th St and 7th Avenue N
  Clear Lake, IA

Cemetery records are kept by the Public Works Office, located just by the cemetery

  IOOF Cemetery
  1037 19th Street South West
  Mason City
  Cerro Gordo County
  Iowa USA
  Postal Code: 50401 Lincoln Township Cemetery:  (FHL book 973 V3g, Vol. 5, page 200; film 599835, item 2)

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 St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Rockwell, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court

Gazette

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 Cerro Gordo 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.


History of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Cerro Gordo 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 Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Genealogy:

- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company I
- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company I

Newspapers

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

NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of digitized Iowa newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.

  • Mason City Globe Gazette. Mason City, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

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 - Cerro Gordo - 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

North Central Iowa Genealogical Society
Nine northern Iowa Counties
Mason City Public Library
P.O. Box 237225
Second St. SE
Mason City, Iowa 50402-0237
E-mail: ncigso@gmail.com
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.

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Genealogy
State Historical Society of Iowa Free Select from research collection topics
The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection Free digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions - results of "cerro gordo 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 "cerro gordo 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 Cerro Gordo 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 Cerro Gordo 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 Cerro Gordo 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 IA Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Cerro Gordo 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).
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