Davis County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Bloomfield
Organized: March 1, 1844[1]
Parent County(s): Non-county area 5[2]
Neighboring Counties
Appanoose  • Jefferson  • Monroe  • Van Buren  • Wapello  • Schuyler (MO)  • Scotland (MO)
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Davis County was named for Garrett Davis and is located in southeastern Iowa.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Davis County Courthouse
100 Courthouse Square #9
Bloomfield, IA 52537
Phone: 641-664-2101
Davis County Website

Davis 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 1844 1880 1844 1847 1844 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:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • History of Davis County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, etc., a biographical directory of many of its leading citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, general and local statistics, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, history of Iowa and the Northwest, map of Davis County, constitution of the United States, reminiscences, miscellaneous matters, etc. State Historical Co., Des Moines, IA 1882. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 1, FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 2.
  • Schmidt-Lange, Anne Augspurger Mennonite family history - Widow Magdalena Rees Augspurger and her children : move from Ohio to Iowa in 1853. Published by Mennonite Family History, 1999. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Davis 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 Davis 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.
1850 7,264
1860 13,764 89.5%
1870 15,565 13.1%
1880 16,468 5.8%
1890 15,258 −7.3%
1900 15,620 2.4%
1910 13,315 −14.8%
1920 12,574 −5.6%
1930 11,150 −11.3%
1940 11,136 −0.1%
1950 9,959 −10.6%
1960 9,199 −7.6%
1970 8,207 −10.8%
1980 9,104 10.9%
1990 8,312 −8.7%
2000 8,541 2.8%
2010 8,753 2.5%
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

Mennonite

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 Indexes and Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

  • History of Davis County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, etc., a biographical directory of many of its leading citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, general and local statistics, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, history of Iowa and the Northwest, map of Davis County, constitution of the United States, reminiscences, miscellaneous matters, etc. State Historical Co., Des Moines, IA 1882. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 1, FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 2, indexed at Iowa GenWeb.
  • Davis County Bicentennial Committee. Davis County pictorial history, 1976. Walsworth Pub. Co., Marceline, MO, 1976. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Federated Women's Clubs (Davis County, Iowa). Pioneer history of Davis County, Iowa. Bloomfield Democrat, Bloomfield, IA 1924-1927. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Evans, Harry C. The pioneers and politics of Davis County, Iowa. Bloomfield Democrat, Bloomfield, IA., 1929. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Iowa Indexes at EveryNameIndex.com — Select the county.

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.

Monroe CountyWapello CountyJefferson CountyAppanoose CountyVan Buren CountyMissouriSchuyler CountyScotland CountyIA DAVIS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

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The usage of "Mormon" and "LDS" on this page is approved according to current policy.


Early migration routes to and from Davis County for European settlers included:

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Civil War service men in Davis County 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 here:

- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry , Companies A, D and E
- 30th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies B and F
- 45th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company D

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 Davis 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 Davis County. For state-wide library facilities, see Iowa Archives and Libraries.

Bloomfield Public Library
107 N Columbia St
Bloomfield, IA 52537
641-664-2209
E-mail: bpl@netins.net
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Davis County Historical Complex
205 S Dodge St
Bloomfield, IA 52537
641-664-1855
E-mail: cherricasteel@gmail.com
Facebook

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Davis County Genealogical Society
PO Box 94
200 W Locust
Bloomfield, IA 52537
641-664-1501
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 on 11 April 2021.
  2. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed on 11 April 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Davis, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davis_County,_Iowa.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed on 11 April 2021.
  6. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed on 11 April 2021.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Davis County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davis_County%2C_Iowa#Communities, accessed 2 September 2019.
  9. 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).