Cherokee County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Cherokee
Organized: 07 April 1868[1]
Parent County(s): Unorganized territory[2]
Neighboring Counties
Buena Vista  • Clay  • Ida  • O'Brien  • Plymouth  • Sac  • Sioux  • Woodbury
See County Maps
Courthouse
Iowa, Cherokee County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Iowa Cherokee Map.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Cherokee County was named for the Cherokee people and is located in northwestern Iowa.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Cherokee County Courthouse
520 W Main St
Cherokee, IA 51012
Phone: 712-225-6708
Cherokee County Website

Cherokee County, Iowa Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1880 1872 1880 1872 1856 1859 1847
*Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths January 1891. General compliance by 1924.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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:[7]

Cities
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Listed below are resources for Bible records specific to Cherokee County. To find more resources, go to the Iowa Bible Records page.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Biographical history of Cherokoe County, Iowa : Containing portraits of all the presidents of the United States from Washington to Harrison, with accompanying biographies of each ; a condensed history of Iowa, with portraits and biographies of the governors of the state ; engravings of prominent citizens in Cherokee County, with personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. A concise history of the county, the cities, and townships. W.S. Dunbar & Co., & Publishers, Chicago, IL, 1889. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Ancestry.com ($)
  • Cherokee County, Iowa Biographies Project at RootsWeb — links to biographies and local histories

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Cherokee County, Iowa online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Iowa Cemeteries for more information.

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Iowa recorded not only federal, but state censuses for several in-between years as well. For more information, see the very informative Iowa Census article.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 58
1870 1,967 3291.4%
1880 8,240 318.9%
1890 15,659 90.0%
1900 16,570 5.8%
1910 16,741 1.0%
1920 17,760 6.1%
1930 18,737 5.5%
1940 19,258 2.8%
1950 19,052 −1.1%
1960 18,598 −2.4%
1970 17,269 −7.1%
1980 16,238 −6.0%
1990 14,098 −13.2%
2000 13,035 −7.5%
2010 12,072 −7.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".


State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Iowa Church Records.

Church Records and Indexes

Lutheran

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. They include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Iowa Land and Property for information about early Iowa land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, transactions were usually recorded and housed at the county courthouse.

Online Land and Property Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Cherokee County, which may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see Iowa Local Histories.

  • Biographical history of Cherokee County, Iowa : Containing portraits of all the presidents of the United States from Washington to Harrison, with accompanying biographies of each ; a condensed history of Iowa, with portraits and biographies of the governors of the state; engravings of prominent citizens in Cherokee County, with personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. A concise history of the county, the cities, and townships. W.S. Dunbar & Co., & Publishers, Chicago, IL, 1889. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Ancestry.com ($)
  • McCulla, Thomas. History of Cherokee County, Iowa. Chicago, S. J. Clarke Pub., 1914. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 1; Googlebooks. FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 2; Ancestry.com ($)

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

County and state maps, historical and more current, are valuable research tools. For online maps and collections in libraries and societies, see Iowa Maps. Historical maps may be especially useful.

Sioux CountyO'Brien CountyClay CountyBuena Vista CountySac CountyIda CountyWoodbury CountyPlymouth CountyIA CHEROKEE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Iowa tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. Iowa's unique Old Age Assistance tax gives names, addresses and birth years. There may be gaps of several years. For more information, see the wiki page Iowa Taxation.

Online Tax Indexes and Records

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded by civil officials on registers, certificates, and other documents. Copies or extracts may be purchased from the Iowa Department of Public Health or the County Clerk's office. See also Iowa Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Cherokee County. For state-wide library facilities, see Iowa Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

To locate the closest family history center or affiliate library, use the link listed above.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Cherokee County. For state-wide library facilities, see Iowa Archives and Libraries.

Cherokee Public Library
215 South 2nd Street
Cherokee, IA 51012
712-225-3498
Email: cherokeeplia@gmail.com
Website

Aurelia Public Library
232 Main St
Aurelia, IA 51005
712-434-5330
E-mail: aurelia.library@aurelia.lib.ia.us
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Sanford Museum
117 E Willow St
Cherokee, IA 51012
712-225-3922
E-mail: sanfordmuseum@sanfordmuseum.org
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Cherokee County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Iowa Societies.

Marcus Historical Society
Genealogy Dept
Box 321
Marcus, IA 51035
503-577-068 or 712-225-3681
E-mail: gennote@hotmail.com
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 6/2/2021.
  2. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 6/2/2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Cherokee, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherokee_County,_Iowa.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cherokee 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.
  5. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 6/2/2021.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Cherokee County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherokee_County%2C_Iowa, accessed 29 August 2019.