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== County Courthouse  ==
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Guide to '''Jefferson 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
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| county = Jefferson County
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| state = Iowa
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| founded year = 1839
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| founded date = January 21
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| seat = Fairfield
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== History  ==
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Jefferson County, Iowa Record Dates  ====
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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" | '''[[Jefferson County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Jefferson County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Jefferson County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Jefferson County, Iowa Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Jefferson County, Iowa Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Jefferson County, Iowa Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1839
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1840
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1838
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1838
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1839--'''Jefferson County was created 21&nbsp;January 1839 from&nbsp;[[Henry County, Iowa|Henry]] County and unorganized territory.<br>'''County seat:'''&nbsp; Fairfield <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1839--'''Jefferson County was created 21&nbsp;January 1839 from&nbsp;[[Henry County, Iowa Genealogy|Henry]] County and unorganized territory.<br>'''County seat:'''&nbsp; Fairfield <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.
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==== Biography  ====
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25937 Portrait and biographical album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties, Iowa&nbsp;: containing full page portraits and biographical ske] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
 
==== 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, Jefferson, Abingdon|place|disp=Abingdon}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, Batavia|place|disp=Batavia}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, Beckwith|place|disp=Beckwith}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, Brookville|place|disp=Brookville}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, Buchanan Township|place|disp=Buchanan Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, Cedar Township|place|disp=Cedar Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, Center Township|place|disp=Center Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, Dunnville|place|disp=Dunnville}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, East Pleasant Plain|place|disp=East Pleasant Plain}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, Fairfield|place|disp=Fairfield}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, Germanville|place|disp=Germanville}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, Glasgow|place|disp=Glasgow}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, Linby|place|disp=Linby}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, Lockridge|place|disp=Lockridge}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, Lockridge Township|place|disp=Lockridge Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, Merrimac|place|disp=Merrimac}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, Packwood|place|disp=Packwood}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, Pleasant Plain|place|disp=Pleasant Plain}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, Polk Township|place|disp=Polk Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, Round Prairie Township|place|disp=Round Prairie Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson, Walnut Township|place|disp=Walnut Township}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Davis County, Iowa|Davis]] | [[Henry County, Iowa|Henry]] | [[Keokuk County, Iowa|Keokuk]] | [[Van Buren County, Iowa|Van Buren]] | [[Wapello County, Iowa|Wapello]] | [[Washington County, Iowa|Washington]]  
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[[Davis County, Iowa Genealogy|Davis]]{{•}} [[Henry County, Iowa Genealogy|Henry]]{{•}} [[Keokuk County, Iowa Genealogy|Keokuk]]{{•}} [[Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogy|Van Buren]]{{•}} [[Wapello County, Iowa Genealogy|Wapello]]{{•}} [[Washington County, Iowa Genealogy|Washington]]  
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<center>{{IAJefferson County, Iowa Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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=== Resources  ===
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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{| width="80%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="3" border="1"
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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=597&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|464401|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=597 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iagenweb.org/jefferson/ IAGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Jefferson+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=Jefferson&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ia/jefferson/jefferson.htm IAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/iowa/jefferson.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iowagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?cid=51 Iowa Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Iowa Cemeteries|Iowa Cemeteries]] for more information.
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== Resources  ==
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==== Census ====
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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'''''State Census'''''
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*'''1895''' - {{RecordSearch|1803957|Iowa State Census, 1895}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1905''' - {{RecordSearch|2126961|Iowa State Census, 1905}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1915''' - {{RecordSearch|2240483|Iowa State Census, 1915}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1925''' - {{RecordSearch|2224537|Iowa State Census. 1925}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{IA Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{IA Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories&nbsp;  ====
 
==== Local Histories&nbsp;  ====
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{{IA History}}
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*Andreas, A. T. ''Illustrated historical atlas of the State of Iowa, 1875&nbsp;: Jefferson county''. Jefferson County, Iowa&nbsp;: Western Historical Co., 1989.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE190145 FamilySearch] (Free)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25937 Portrait and biographical album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties, Iowa&nbsp;: containing full page portraits and biographical ske] at Ancestry.com ($)
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*'''''History of Jefferson County, Iowa&nbsp;: a record of settlement, organization, progress and achievement.''''' By Charles J. Fulton. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1912-1914. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=23762 Ancestry.com] ($)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; Maps of Iowa]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*'''1861 - 1949''' - {{RecordSearch|2351982|Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949}} at [https://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 Infantry|2nd Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company E<br>
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:- [[17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company D<br>
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:- [[17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company I<br>
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:- [[19th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|19th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company B<br>
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:- [[19th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|19th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company D<br>
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:- [[30th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|30th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company G<br>
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:- [[30th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|30th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company H<br>
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:- [[45th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)|45th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company I
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry|3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry]], Company F<br>
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry|3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry]], Company H<br>
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
{{wikipedia|List of online newspaper archives|List of online newspaper archives}}
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{{wikipedia|List of online newspaper archives|List of online newspaper archives}}  
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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 ($) has a large collection of digitized [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?co=7&s=39 Iowa newspapers] online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.
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*'''''The Fairfield Daily Ledger.'''''1939. Fairfield, IA, USA. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=50517 Ancestry.com] ($)
  
 
==== 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|Jefferson}}
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Baird, Verda J. ''Jefferson County, Iowa, Guardianship Index, 1839 thru 1892. Des Moines'': Iowa Genealogical Society, 1983.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{IA Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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{{IA Vital Intro}}
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=====Births=====
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*'''1850-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|2527591|Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939}} at [https://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 images
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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://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index<br>
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*'''1921-1940''' - {{RecordSearch|2531337|Iowa, Death Records, 1921-1940}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
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'''Jefferson County Genealogical Society'''<br>2791 240 Street<br>Fairfield IA 52556-8518<br>E-mail: [mailto:IowaGenealogy.JeffersonCounty@gmail.com IowaGenealogy.JeffersonCounty@gmail.com]<br>[http://iagenweb.org/jefferson/JCGS.htm Website]
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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*{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Fairfield Iowa Family History Center]] 2143 32nd St., Fairfield, IA 52556 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=2143+32nd+St.%2C+Fairfield%2C+IA+52556++&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x87e66896c409c5f9%3A0x1e957169e4fc0b0e!3m8!1m3!1d3410!2d-90.698643!3d42.477751!3m2!1i1350!2i890!4f13.1!4m2!3d40.9979169!4d-92.0013683 Location Map]
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==== Websites  ====
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ADFF85" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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| width="30%" | [http://www.iowahistory.org/search.html?q=Jefferson+county&btnG=Search+%C2%BB State Historical Society of Iowa]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | list and links to data and "hard copy" material - results of "jefferson county" placed in search box
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| width="30%" | [http://www.iowaheritage.org/items/browse?search=jefferson+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 "jefferson county" in the search box
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| width="30%" | [http://publications.iowa.gov/cgi/search/simple?q=jefferson+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 "jefferson county" in the search box
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| width="30%" | [http://iagenweb.org/jefferson/ IAGenWeb]
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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/jefferson/jefferson.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%" | [http://genealogytrails.com/iowa/jefferson/ genealogytrails.com]
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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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|-
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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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==== Family History Centers ====
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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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/Jefferson/ 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/Jefferson/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ia/counties/jefferson/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://ldsgenealogy.com/IA/Jefferson-County.htm Jefferson County IA at LDS Genealogy]
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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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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/iowa/jefferson-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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|}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
*[[Fairfield Iowa Family History Center]]
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#FFFF66" colspan="2" | <center>'''Major catalogs for ''hard copy'' collections of {{PAGENAME}}''' <br>Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records</center>
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|-
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Iowa, Jefferson|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=jefferson+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://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=jefferson+county%2C+iowa&image.x=0&image.y=0 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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== Web Sites  ==
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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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://genforum.genealogy.com/ia/jefferson/ genealogy.com]
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| width="70%" | Jefferson County, IA Genealogy Forum
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| width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.iowa.counties.jefferson/mb.ashx ancestry.com]
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| width="70%" | Jefferson County Message Board
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*{{FHL|Iowa%2C+Jefferson|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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=== References  ===
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IA/Jefferson/ Jefferson County, Iowa Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
  
== References  ==
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[[Category:Jefferson_County,_Iowa]]
 
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Latest revision as of 23:31, 20 June 2017

United States
Iowa
Jefferson County

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

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Jefferson County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Jefferson County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 21, 1839
County Seat Fairfield
Courthouse
IowaJeffersonCourthouse.jpg


County Information

Jefferson County, Iowa Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1880 1839 1880 1840 1838 1838

County Courthouse

History

Parent County

1839--Jefferson County was created 21 January 1839 from Henry County and unorganized territory.
County seat:  Fairfield [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.

Biography

Record Loss

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

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Davis • Henry • Keokuk • Van Buren • Wapello • Washington

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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.

Census

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.


Court

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 Jefferson 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.


Maps

Military

Civil War

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

- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
- 19th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
- 19th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 30th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 30th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
- 45th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company I
- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company F
- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company H

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.

  • The Fairfield Daily Ledger.1939. Fairfield, 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 - Jefferson - Probate records.


Baird, Verda J. Jefferson County, Iowa, Guardianship Index, 1839 thru 1892. Des Moines: Iowa Genealogical Society, 1983.

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

Jefferson County Genealogical Society
2791 240 Street
Fairfield IA 52556-8518
E-mail: IowaGenealogy.JeffersonCounty@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 Jefferson County, Iowa Genealogy
State Historical Society of Iowa Free list and links to data and "hard copy" material - results of "jefferson county" placed in search box
The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection Free digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions - results of "jefferson 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 "jefferson county" in the search box
IAGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
genealogytrails.com Free Data may be submitted by individuals or 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 Jefferson 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 ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Jefferson County IA at LDS Genealogy 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 Jefferson 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 Jefferson 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 Jefferson County, IA Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Jefferson 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).