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Winneshiek County, Iowa Genealogy

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

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Winneshiek County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Winneshiek County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 20, 1847
County Seat Decorah
Courthouse
IowaWinneshiekCourthouse.jpg


County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The County was named for the a chief of the Winnebago tribe. The County has Decorah as its seat and the County was created 1847. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[1]

Winneshiek County, Iowa Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1880 1851 1880 1855 1851 1853 1847
Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths Jan 1891. General compliance by 1924.

County CourthouseEdit

Quick FactsEdit

Parent CountyEdit

1847 Winneshiek County was created 20 February 1847 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Clayton County prior to organization 1 March 1851. County seat:  Decorah [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 MapofUS.org website.

Record LossEdit

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

Places/LocalitiesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

Neighboring CountiesEdit

Allamakee • Chickasaw • Clayton • Fayette • Howard • Fillmore County, Minnesota • Houston County, Minnesota

ResourcesEdit

CemeteriesEdit

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.

CensusEdit

State Census

ChurchEdit

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.


LutheranEdit

First Lutheran Church

  • Records of the First Lutheran Church, Winneshiek County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com.

St. Petri Lutheran Church, Decorah

  • Records of the St. Petri Lutheran Church, Decorah, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com.

Stavanger Lutheran Church, Ossian

  • Records of the Stavanger Lutheran Church, Ossian, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com.

Winneshiek County

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Winneshiek County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com.

CourtEdit

LandEdit

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.


HistoryEdit

Local histories are available for Winneshiek 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.

History of Winneshiek and Allamakee Counties, Iowa

MapsEdit

Fillmore CountyHouston CountyHoward CountyChickasaw CountyFayette CountyClayton CountyAllamakee CountyIA WINNESHIEK.PNG
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MilitaryEdit

Civil WarEdit

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

- 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company K
- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company D
- 9th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
- 15th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company K
- 46th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company F

NewspapersEdit

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Winneshiek County, Iowa Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


ProbateEdit

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 - Winneshiek - Probate records.


TaxationEdit

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.

BirthsEdit
MarriagesEdit
DeathsEdit

Societies and LibrariesEdit

Howard-Winneshiek Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 362
Cresco, Iowa 52136
Telephone:563-547-2540
E-mail: webmaster@cresco.lib.ia.us
Website

Winneshiek County Historical Society
201 W Main Street
PO Box 63
Decorah, IA 52101
Telephone:563-382-4166
E-mail: winneshiek.historical.society@gmail.com
Website

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

WebsitesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Winneshiek, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winneshiek_County,_Iowa."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Winneshiek 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).