Jasper County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Newton
Organized: March 1, 1846[1]
Parent County(s): Non-County Area 8[2]
Neighboring Counties
Mahaska  • Marion  • Marshall  • Polk  • Poweshiek  • Story  • Tama  • Warren
See County Maps
Courthouse
Iowa, Jasper County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Iowa Jasper Map.png
Adoption
WilliamJasper.jpg

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Jasper County was named for William Jasper and is located in southeastern Iowa.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Jasper County Courthouse
101 1st St N Ste 104
Newton, IA 50208
Phone: 641-792-3255
Jasper County Website

Jasper 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 1849 1880 1857 1855 1882 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]

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

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • The history of Jasper County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, towns &c., a biographical directory of citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, general and local statistics, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, history of the northwest, history of Iowa, map of Jasper County, constitution of the United States, miscellaneous matters, &c.. 1878. Chicago, IL.: Western Historical Company. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Past and present of Jasper County, Iowa. 1912. By James Baird Weaver. Indianapolis, IN.: B.F. Bowen and Company. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 1, FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 2
  • Portrait and biographical record of Jasper, Marshall and Grundy counties, Iowa : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the counties. 1894. Chicago, IL: Biographical Publishing Company. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Jasper 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 Jasper 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 1,280
1860 9,883 672.1%
1870 22,116 123.8%
1880 25,963 17.4%
1890 24,943 −3.9%
1900 26,976 8.2%
1910 27,034 0.2%
1920 27,855 3.0%
1930 32,936 18.2%
1940 31,496 −4.4%
1950 32,305 2.6%
1960 35,282 9.2%
1970 35,425 0.4%
1980 36,425 2.8%
1990 34,795 −4.5%
2000 37,213 6.9%
2010 36,842 −1.0%
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.

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

  • The history of Jasper County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, towns &c., a biographical directory of citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, general and local statistics, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, history of the northwest, history of Iowa, map of Jasper County, constitution of the United States, miscellaneous matters, &c.. 1878. Chicago, IL.: Western Historical Company. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Hathitrust
  • Past and present of Jasper County, Iowa. 1912. By James Baird Weaver. Indianapolis, IN.: B.F. Bowen and Company. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 1, FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 2, Internet Archive
  • Standard historical atlas of Jasper County, Iowa : farmers directory; biographical sketches and portraits of leading citizens, histories of state, county and towns, reminiscences of early settlers. 1901. Davenport, IA: The Huebinger Survey and Map Publishing Company. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Jasper County, Iowa 1892 Farmers Directory. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)
  • Portrait and biographical record of Jasper, Marshall and Grundy counties, Iowa : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the counties. 1894. Chicago, IL: Biographical Publishing Company. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Ancestry.com ($)

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.

Story CountyMarshall CountyTama CountyPolk CountyWarren CountyMarion CountyMahaska CountyPoweshiek CountyIA JASPER.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 Jasper 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 Cavalry, Company A
- 5th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
- 10th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I and K
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B and E
- 14th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 22nd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company C
- 23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 28th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company B

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Please see the Iowa Naturalization and Citizenship page for state-wide information.

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • 1871-1872 Prairie City Index. 1871-72. Prairie City, IA, USA. Online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1886-1934 The Kellogg Enterprise. 1886, 1888-90, 1895, 1897, 1903-04, 1912-14, 1916-22, 1924-28, 1930, and 1934. Kellogg, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry ($)
  • 1957, 1965 The Newton Daily News. 1957 and 1965. Newton, 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 Jasper 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

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Newton Public Library
100 N 3rd Avenue W
Newton, IA 50208
641-792-2787
E-mail: nterry@newton.lib.ia.us
Website

Colfax Public Carneige Library
25 West Division Street
Colfax, IA 50054-1201
515-674-3625
E-mail: colfaxlib@mediacombb.net
Website

Monroe Public Library
416 Buchanan Street
Monroe, IA 50170
641-259-3065
E-mail: admin@readmonroe.org
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Jasper County Historical Museum
1700 S 15th Avenue W
Newton, IA 50208
641-792-9118
E-mail: director@jaspercountymuseum.com
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Jasper County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 163
Newton, IA 50208-0163
E-mail: genealogy1jcgs@hotmail.com
Website

Jasper County Historical Society of Iowa
Jasper County Historical Museum
1700 South 15th Ave West
PO Box 834
Newton, IA 50208
515-792-9118
E-mail: director@jaspercountymuseum.com
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Jasper County at Cyndi's List - a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
  • Jasper County at Genealogy Trails - volunteer transcriptions of genealogical and historical data
  • Jasper County at Iowa USGenWeb - free online resources for genealogical research
  • Jasper County at Iowa USGenWeb Archives - free online data for genealogical research
  • State Historical Society of Iowa — select from research collection topics
  • State Library of Iowa — electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies
  • The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection — digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions
  • 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 - 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, "Jasper, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasper_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, "Jasper County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasper_County,_Iowa#Communities, accessed 29 September 2019.