Ida County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Ida Grove
Organized: February 10, 1870[1]
Parent County(s): Unorganized territory[2]
Neighboring Counties
Buena Vista  • Cherokee  • Crawford  • Monona  • Sac  • Woodbury
See County Maps
Iowa, Ida County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Iowa Ida Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named after Ida Smith, the first child of European immigrants to be born in this region. The County is located in the northwestern area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Ida County Courthouse
401 Moorehead St
Ida Grove, IA 51445
Phone: 712-364-3181
Ida County Website

Ida 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 1880 1880 1880 1856 1880 1847
* Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths Jan 1891. General compliance by 1924.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1877 Fire destroyed the courthouse on January 12. Most of the county records were lost.

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]


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Ida 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 43
1870 226 425.6%
1880 4,382 1838.9%
1890 10,705 144.3%
1900 12,327 15.2%
1910 11,296 −8.4%
1920 11,689 3.5%
1930 11,933 2.1%
1940 11,047 −7.4%
1950 10,697 −3.2%
1960 10,269 −4.0%
1970 9,283 −9.6%
1980 8,908 −4.0%
1990 8,365 −6.1%
2000 7,837 −6.3%
2010 7,089 −9.5%
Source: "".

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.


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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

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.

Plymouth CountyCherokee CountyBuena Vista CountyWoodbury CountyMonona CountyCrawford CountySac CountyIA IDA.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]

  • 1951-1959 Ida County Pioneer Record. 1951-59. Ida County, IA, USA. Online at:$)
  • 1951 Pioneer Record. 1951. Ida Grove, IA, USA. Online at:$)

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

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • 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

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Ida Grove Public Library
100 E 2nd Street
Ida Grove, IA 51445
Phone: 712-364-2306

Museums[edit | edit source]

Moorehead House Museum
Ida County Historical Society Museum
501 Zobel Ln
Ida Grove, IA 51445
Phone: 712-364-3605

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Ida County Genealogical Society
1111 S Main St
Ida Grove, IA 51455

Ida County Historical Society
501 Zobel Lane
Ida Grove, IA 51445
Phone: 712-364-3605

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
  • — 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. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes for Ida County; Newberry Library; accessed October 28, 2021.
  2. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes for Ida County; Newberry Library; accessed October 28, 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Ida, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_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 for Ida County; Newberry Library; accessed October 28, 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, "Ida County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 28 September 2019.