Guthrie County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Guthrie Center
Organized: October 16, 1851[1]
Parent County(s): Unorganized territory
Neighboring Counties
Adair  • Audubon  • Carroll  • Cass  • Dallas  • Greene  • Madison
See County Maps
Courthouse
Iowa, Guthrie County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Iowa Guthrie Map.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Guthrie County was named for Capt. Edwin B. Guthrie and is located in central Iowa.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Guthrie County Courthouse
200 North 5th Street
Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115
Phone: 641-747-3415
Guthrie County Website

Guthrie 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[3]
Marriage Court Land Probate Census
1880 1852 1880 1916 1852 1881 1847
* Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths January 1891. General compliance by 1924.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1857 All county records were destroyed.
1882 The courthouse was destroyed by fire on March 3, 1882; most records were saved.
1963 The courthouse was destroyed by fire, with some record loss.

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

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
Census-designated places
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • History of Guthrie and Adair counties, Iowa : together with sketches of their towns, villages and townships, educational, civil, military and political history; portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of old settlers and representative. Continental Historical Company, Springfield, IL., 1884. Online at: FamilySeach Digital Library.
  • Past and present of Guthrie County, Iowa : together with biographical sketches of many of its prominent and leading citizens and illustrious dead. S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago, IL., 1907. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Maxwell, Sadie B. Centennial history of Guthrie county, Iowa. Carter, Hussey, & Curl Printers, Des Moines, IA., 1876. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Weeks, Elbert Wright. A record, history, biography, memory, pioneer times and peoples, Guthrie Center, Iowa. Self Published, Guthrie Center, IA., 1932. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Ancestry.com ($)
  • Guthrie 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 Guthrie 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 3,058
1870 7,061 130.9%
1880 14,394 103.9%
1890 17,380 20.7%
1900 18,729 7.8%
1910 17,374 −7.2%
1920 17,596 1.3%
1930 17,324 −1.5%
1940 17,210 −0.7%
1950 15,197 −11.7%
1960 13,607 −10.5%
1970 12,243 −10.0%
1980 11,983 −2.1%
1990 10,935 −8.7%
2000 11,353 3.8%
2010 10,954 −3.5%
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.

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

  • Weeks, Elbert Wright. A record, history, biography, memory, pioneer times and peoples, Guthrie Center, Iowa. Self Published, 1932. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Ancestry.com ($)
  • Guthrie County Historical Society. Guthrie County centennial 100 years of progress, 1851-1951. Guthrie Center, IA., 1951. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library
  • History of Guthrie and Adair counties, Iowa together with sketches of their towns, villages and townships, educational, civil, military and political history; portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of old settlers and representative citizens. Continental Historical Co., Springfield, Il., 1884. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Hathitrust, Internet archive, Ancestry.com. ($)
  • Past and present of Guthrie County, Iowa together with biographical sketches of many of its prominent and leading citizens and illustrious dead. S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago, IL., 1907. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Internet archive.

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.

Greene CountyBoone CountyCarroll CountyAudubon CountyCass CountyAdair CountyMadison CountyDallas CountyIA GUTHRIE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Civil War service men in Guthrie 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:

- 4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company C
- 29th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I and K

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • 1884-1977 Bayard News. Bayard, Iowa, United States Of America. Online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1951-1972 The Guthrian. Guthrie County, IA, USA. Online at Ancestry ($)

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

Mary J. Barnett Memorial Library
400 Grand St
Guthrie Center, IA 50115
641-747-8110
Email: mjblib@guthriecenter.lib.ia.us
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Guthrie County Historical Village and Museum
206 W South St
Panora, IA 50216
641-755-2989
Email: gchv@netins.net
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Guthrie County Genealogical Society
PO Box 96
Jamaica, IA 50128-0096
641-429-3362
E-mail: chnwsltrguth@outlook.com
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • State Historical Society of Iowa — Select from research collection topics
  • The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection — digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions
  • State Library of Iowa — electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies
  • IAGenWeb — Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
  • USGenWeb Archives — Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • genealogytrails.com — Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 6/15/2021.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Guthrie, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guthrie_County,_Iowa."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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.</rbr>
  5. Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 6/15/2021.
  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.</rbr>
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Guthrie County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guthrie_County,_Iowa, accessed 8 September 2019.