Humboldt County, Iowa Genealogy

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

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Humboldt County, Iowa
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Location in the state of Iowa
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Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded August 31, 1857
County Seat Dakota City

County Courthouse


Parent County

1851--Old Humboldt County was established 15 January 1851 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Boone County and abolished 24 January 1855 and absorbed by Kossuth and Webster Counties.
1857-- Present-day Humboldt County was established 31 August 1857 from Kossuth and Webster Counties.
County seat: Dakota City [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Hancock | Kossuth | Palo Alto | Pocahontas | Webster | Wright




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.


First Lutheran Church

  • 1893-1929 - Membership Record Book #1 of the First Lutheran Church, Humboldt County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Gilmore City

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Gilmore City, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Renwick, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Trinity Lutheran Church, Rutland

  • Records of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Rutland, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).



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 Humboldt 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 Humboldt County with a history of Iowa. Historical Pub. Co., 1901. FHL Collection




Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives ($) has a large collection of digitized Iowa newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at 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 - Humboldt - Probate records.


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

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).