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Story County, Iowa Genealogy

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

Story County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Story County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded January 13, 1846
County Seat Nevada

County InformationEdit


The County was named for Joseph Story. The County has Nevada as its seat and the County was created 1846. The County is located in the central area of the state.[1]

Story County, Iowa Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1880 1854 1880 1854 1853 1854 1847
Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths Jan 1891. General compliance by 1924.

County CourthousesEdit


Parent CountyEdit

1846--Story County was created 13 January 1846 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Boone, Polk, and Linn Counties prior to organization 1June 1853. County seat: Nevada [3]

Boundary ChangesEdit

For animated maps illustrating Iowa County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Iowa County Boundary Maps" (1816-1872) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record LossEdit

1864 Fire burned the courthouse on January 1.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Unincorporated communities

Neighboring CountiesEdit

Boone • Hamilton • Hardin • Jasper • Marshall • Polk



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
IAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
Iowa Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Iowa Cemeteries for more information.


State Census


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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsEdit

Ward and Branch Records

  • Ames


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


  • Records of the Bethania (Bethany) Lutheran Church, Kelley, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).


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


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


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

Story City

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

Story County

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Story County, 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 HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Story 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.

  • A history of the town of Ames, Story County, Iowa : together with a brief description of the surrounding country, and the Iowa State Agricultural College, located at Ames. By Cyrus E. Turner. Ames, Iowa : Ames Intelligencer, 1871. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, ISU Library.
  • Resources and wealth of Story County, Iowa : a pamphlet containing a description of Story County. By W. C. B. Allen. Nevada, Iowa : Representative Power Press Print, 1880. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.


Hamilton CountyHardin CountyMarshall CountyJasper CountyPolk CountyBoone CountyIA STORY.PNG
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for more resources


Civil WarEdit

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

- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit


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


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 - Story - 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 RecordsEdit

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 LibrariesEdit

Story County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 692
Ames, Iowa 50010

Family History CentersEdit

  • 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.
  • For current information about a center near you, go to the Family History Center Map



  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Story, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Iowa."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Story County, Iowa. Page 230-238 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 222-225.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Story County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Iowa, accessed 31 October 2019.