Johnson County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Iowa City
Organized: July 4, 1838[1]
Parent County(s): Dubuque, Muscatine, Cook (extinct), and Non-County Area 1[2]
Neighboring Counties
Benton  • Cedar  • Iowa  • Linn  • Louisa  • Muscatine  • Washington
See County Maps
Courthouse
Iowa, Johnson County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Iowa Johnson Map.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Johnson County was named for Richard Mentor Johnson and is located in southeastern Iowa.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Johnson County Courthouse
417 South Clinton Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
Phone: 319-356-6060
Johnson County Website

Johnson 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
1882 1839 1880 1839 1839 1839 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
Census-designated places
Townships
Ghost towns


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 Johnson 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 4,472
1860 17,573 293.0%
1870 24,898 41.7%
1880 25,429 2.1%
1890 23,082 −9.2%
1900 24,817 7.5%
1910 25,914 4.4%
1920 26,462 2.1%
1930 30,276 14.4%
1940 33,191 9.6%
1950 45,756 37.9%
1960 53,663 17.3%
1970 72,127 34.4%
1980 81,717 13.3%
1990 96,119 17.6%
2000 111,006 15.5%
2010 130,882 17.9%
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 Johnson County, which may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see Iowa Local Histories.

  • Leading events in Johnson County, Iowa history. 1912. By Clarence Ray Aurner. Cedar Rapids, IA: Western Historical Press. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 1, FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 2.
  • Sketch of Johnson County, Iowa with a review of its early history and subsequent development, its educational, manufacturing, agricultural, and other interests. 1880. Iowa City, IA: Iowa Board of Trade. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Smith's Directory of Iowa City and Johnson County, for 1932. Edgar Smith Publisher, Dorchester, MA. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Constitution and records of the Claim Association of Johnson County, Iowa : with introduction and notes. By Benjamin F. Shambaugh. Iowa City, IA: The State Historical Society. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • The Directory for Johnson County, Iowa for 1878-1879. 1879. By H.W. Fyffe. Burlington, IA: Acres, Blackmar & Company Printers. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Reports of Annual Reunion of the Old Settlers' Association yearbooks, 1866-1925, Johnson County, Iowa. 1925. By Aletha B. Redman. Online at:FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Johnson County history, Iowa. 1941. By Jessie M. Parker. Iowa City, IA: Johnson County Superintendent of Schools, The Work Project Administration. Online at: Ancestry.com ($).
  • 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.

Linn CountyBenton CountyIowa CountyWashington CountyLouisa CountyMuscatine CountyCedar CountyIA JOHNSON.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 Johnson 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:

- 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company F
- 1st Regiment, Iowa Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company B
- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company H
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company I and M
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 22nd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A, B, F, G, H, I, and K
- 24th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 28th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 44th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company D
- 47th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company G

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • 1874-1876 Iowa City Volksfreund. 1874-76. Iowa City, IA, USA. Online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1891-1906 The Iowa Citizen. 1891-94, 1903, and 1905-06. Iowa City, IA, USA. Online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1892-1901 The Daily Citizen. 1892-93 and 1901. Iowa City, IA, USA. Online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1892-1919 The Iowa City Citizen. 1892, 1908-11, and 1916-19 Iowa City, IA, USA. Online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1894 State Press. 1894. Iowa City, IA, USA. Online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1894 Daily State Press. 1894. Iowa City, IA, USA. Online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1899-1971 Daily Iowa State Press. 1899-1902, 1904, and 1971. Iowa City, IA, USA. Online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1903 Iowa State Press. 1903. Iowa City, IA, USA. Online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1904-1915 Iowa City Daily Press. 1904-15 Iowa City, IA, USA. Online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1916 Iowa City Daily Citizen. 1916. Iowa City, IA, USA. Online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1920-1973 Iowa City Press Citizen. 1920-27, 1938-41, 1946-48, 1950-53, 1955, 1960, and 1968-73. Iowa City, IA, USA. Online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1926 Lone Tree Reporter. 1926. Johnson, IA, USA. Online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1939-1955 The Daily Iowan. 1939, 1947, and 1955. Iowa City, IA, USA. Online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1948-1955 The Iowa Quest. 1948-55. Iowa City, IA, USA. Online at Ancestry ($)
  • Daily Iowan Newspaper Collection -- access to digitized versions of The Daily Iowan and its predecessors: the University Reporter (1868-81), the Vidette (1879-81), the Vidette-Reporter (1881-1901) and the University Mirror (1881). The newspaper editions are full text searchable.

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

Iowa City Public Library
123 South Linn Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
319-356-5200
E-mail: https://www.icpl.org/services/ask
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Historical Society Museum
200 E. 9th Street
Suite 101
Coralville, IA 52241
319-569-4502
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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


Iowa City Genealogical Society (Johnson County)
P.O. Box 822
Iowa City, IA 52244-0822
E-mail: cindylee53@aol.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 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, "Johnson, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnson_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, "Johnson County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnson_County,_Iowa, accessed 29 September 2019.