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Guide to '''Union County Iowa genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Union 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 = Union County  
 
| county = Union County  
 
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| founded date = January 15
 
| founded date = January 15
 
| seat = Creston
 
| seat = Creston
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== County Courthouse ==
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=== County Information ===
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==== Union County, Iowa Record Dates  ====
  
== History  ==
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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" | '''[[Union County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Union County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Union County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Union County, Iowa Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Union County, Iowa Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Union County, Iowa Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1851--'''Union County was created 15 January 1851&nbsp;from&nbsp;[[Pottawattamie County, Iowa|Pottawattamie]] County and from non-county area which, in 1846, was in Clarke County until that county's boundaries changed in 1847 (shrinking along with neighboring Lucas County).<ref name="IA cf maps">FamilyHistory101.com: "Iowa County Formation Maps"; interactive map of county formation and organization. Online at http://www.familyhistory101.com/maps/ia_cf.html</ref> '''County seat:'''&nbsp; Creston <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1851--'''Union County was created 15 January 1851&nbsp;from&nbsp;[[Pottawattamie County, Iowa Genealogy|Pottawattamie]] County and from non-county area which, in 1846, was in Clarke County until that county's boundaries changed in 1847 (shrinking along with neighboring Lucas County).<ref name="IA cf maps">FamilyHistory101.com: "Iowa County Formation Maps"; interactive map of county formation and organization. Online at http://www.familyhistory101.com/maps/ia_cf.html</ref> '''County seat:'''&nbsp; Creston <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  ====
  
'''1893''' -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.  
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'''1893''' Fire destroyed the courthouse.
  
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
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{{Fire+}}
  
*[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research in FamilySearch Wiki]]
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=== Places/Localities  ===
*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Michael John Neill, ''Burned Counties'' in Family History Circle]
 
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Union, Afton|place|disp=Afton}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Union, Arispe|place|disp=Arispe}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Union, Creston|place|disp=Creston}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Union, Cromwell|place|disp=Cromwell}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Union, Kent|place|disp=Kent}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Union, Lorimor|place|disp=Lorimor}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Union, Platte|place|disp=Platte}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Union, Platte Township|place|disp=Platte Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Union, Shannon City|place|disp=Shannon City}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Union, Thayer|place|disp=Thayer}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Adair County, Iowa|Adair]] | [[Adams County, Iowa|Adams]] | [[Clarke County, Iowa|Clarke]] | [[Decatur County, Iowa|Decatur]] | [[Madison County, Iowa|Madison]] | [[Ringgold County, Iowa|Ringgold]] | [[Taylor County, Iowa|Taylor]]  
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[[Adair County, Iowa Genealogy|Adair]]{{•}} [[Adams County, Iowa Genealogy|Adams]]{{•}} [[Clarke County, Iowa Genealogy|Clarke]]{{•}} [[Decatur County, Iowa Genealogy|Decatur]]{{•}} [[Madison County, Iowa Genealogy|Madison]]{{•}} [[Ringgold County, Iowa Genealogy|Ringgold]]{{•}} [[Taylor County, Iowa Genealogy|Taylor]]  
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<center>{{IAUnion County, Iowa Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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=== Resources  ===
  
== 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=634&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|349776|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=634 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iagenweb.org/union/cemeteries/index.html IAGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Union+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=Union&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iowagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?cid=88 Iowa Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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*Inscriptions Found on Tombstones and Monuments in Early Latter-day Saint Burial Grounds [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5289 Ancestry.com] (Free)
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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://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  ====
 
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{{IA Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5312 Creston, Iowa Directory, 1889] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{IA Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories&nbsp;  ====
 
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{{IA History}}
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*''Illustrated centennial sketches, map and directory of Union County, Iowa.'' Creston, Iowa&nbsp;: C. J. Colby, 1876. '''Online at:''' {{FSbook|1147307}}, [https://archive.org/details/illustratedcente00colb Internet Archive], [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009576378 HathiTrust]; {{WorldCat|3510754|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
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*''Mount Pisgah&nbsp;: history of a temporary settlement of the "Mormons" while on their westward journey.'' By Andrew Jenson. '''Online at:''' {{FSbook|94537}}.
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/Adel++Iowa+/ David Rumsey Map Collection] is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures. This Collection features the city of Creston.  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; Maps of Iowa]
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*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/Adel++Iowa+/ David Rumsey Map Collection] is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures. This Collection features the city of Creston.
  
 
==== Migration  ====
 
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==== Military  ====
 
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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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:- [[29th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|29th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company H
  
 
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==== 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|Union}}
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
==== Vital&nbsp;Records&nbsp; ====
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{{IA Tax Intro}}
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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://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 images
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===== Death  =====
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*'''1850-1990''' - {{RecordSearch|1674841|Iowa, Deaths and Burials 1850-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch]
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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  ===
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'''Union County Genealogical Society'''<br>Matilda Gibson Memorial Library<br>200 W. Howard Street<br>Creston, IA 50801<br>[http://iagenweb.org/union/ucgs/genpage.html Website]
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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'''Union County Historical Society'''<br>c/o Marcella Howe<br>1101 N. Vine<br>Creston, IA 50801<br>Museum Location: McKinley Park, Creston, Iowa<br>Telephone:641-782-8159<br>
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
== Web Sites ==
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=== Websites ===
  
*{{FHL|Iowa%2C+Union|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/iowa/union-county/ Union County, IA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110971683456785432231 Iowa Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/138731752868271/ Iowa Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*{{FHL|Iowa%2C+Union|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IA/Union/ Union County, Iowa Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IA/Union/ Union County, Iowa Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== References  ==
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=== References  ===
  
 
<references /> {{Iowa|Iowa}}  
 
<references /> {{Iowa|Iowa}}  
  
 
[[Category:Union_County,_Iowa]]
 
[[Category:Union_County,_Iowa]]

Latest revision as of 21:12, 23 August 2017

United States
Iowa
Union County

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

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Union County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Union 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 Creston
Courthouse
IowaUnionCourthouse.jpg


County Information

Union County, Iowa Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1880 1855 1880 1840 1854 1880?

County Courthouse

History

Parent County

1851--Union County was created 15 January 1851 from Pottawattamie County and from non-county area which, in 1846, was in Clarke County until that county's boundaries changed in 1847 (shrinking along with neighboring Lucas County).[2] County seat:  Creston [3]

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

1893 Fire destroyed the courthouse.

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

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Adair • Adams • Clarke • Decatur • Madison • Ringgold • Taylor

Union CountyClarke CountyDecatur CountyRinggold CountyTaylor CountyAdams CountyAdair CountyMadison CountyWarren CountyLucas CountyWayne CountyPage CountyMontgomery CountyCass CountyAudubon CountyGuthrie CountyDallas CountyPolk CountyNodaway CountyWorth CountyGentry CountyHarrison CountyMercer CountyIAUnion.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
Iowa Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Iowa Cemeteries for more information.
  • Inscriptions Found on Tombstones and Monuments in Early Latter-day Saint Burial Grounds Ancestry.com (Free)

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

Directories

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 Union 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.


  • Mount Pisgah : history of a temporary settlement of the "Mormons" while on their westward journey. By Andrew Jenson. Online at: FamilySearch Books Online.

Maps

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Union County, Iowa Genealogy for European settlers included:

Military

Civil War

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

- 29th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, 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.

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 - Union - 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
Death

Societies and Libraries

Union County Genealogical Society
Matilda Gibson Memorial Library
200 W. Howard Street
Creston, IA 50801
Website

Union County Historical Society
c/o Marcella Howe
1101 N. Vine
Creston, IA 50801
Museum Location: McKinley Park, Creston, Iowa
Telephone:641-782-8159

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

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. FamilyHistory101.com: "Iowa County Formation Maps"; interactive map of county formation and organization. Online at http://www.familyhistory101.com/maps/ia_cf.html
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 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).