Clarke County, Iowa Genealogy
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
Clarke County Courthouse
100 S. Main
Osceola, IA 50213
1846--Clarke County was created 13 January 1846 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Lucas Kishkekosh Counties prior to organization 21 August 1851. County seat: Osceola 
Clarke County, like its neighbor Lucas County, spanned five townships from east to west in 1846. Both counties shrank to four townships across in 1847, requiring Clarke County's eastern border to shift six miles east while its western border shifted twelve miles east. The area vacated by Clarke County, including Mt. Pisgah and its cemetery, was non-county area until it became part of Union County in 1851.
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.
Early migration routes to and from Clarke County, Iowa Genealogy for European settlers included:
NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of digitized Iowa newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.
Societies and Libraries
Family History Centers
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- FamilyHistory101.com: "Iowa County Formation Maps"; interactive map of county formation and organization. Online at http://www.familyhistory101.com/maps/ia_cf.html
- 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).