Mills County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Glenwood
Organized: August 18, 1851[1]
Parent County(s): Pottawattamie[2]
Neighboring Counties
Fremont  • Montgomery  • Page  • Pottawattamie  • Cass (NE)  • Sarpy (NE)
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
Iowa Mills Map.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Mills County was named for Maj. Frederick Davis Mills of Burlington, Iowa, who was killed at the Battle of Churubusco during the Mexican American War. It is located in southwestern Iowa.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Mills County Courthouse
418 Sharp Street
Glenwood, IA 51534
Phone: 712-527-4880
Mills County Website

Mills 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 1853 1880 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


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • History of Mills 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. 1881. Des Moines, IA: State Historical Co. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library
  • A Biographical history of Fremont and Mills counties, Iowa : compendium of national biography. 1901. Chicago, IL: The Lewis Publishing Company. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Mills 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 Mills 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 4,481
1870 8,718 94.6%
1880 14,137 62.2%
1890 14,548 2.9%
1900 16,764 15.2%
1910 15,811 −5.7%
1920 15,422 −2.5%
1930 15,866 2.9%
1940 15,064 −5.1%
1950 14,064 −6.6%
1960 13,050 −7.2%
1970 11,832 −9.3%
1980 13,406 13.3%
1990 13,202 −1.5%
2000 14,547 10.2%
2010 15,059 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.

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 Mills 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.

Pottawattamie CountyMontgomery CountyPage CountyFremont CountySarpy CountyCass CountyIA MILLS.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 Mills County, Iowa Genealogy for European settlers included:

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War'

Civil War service men in Mills 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 A
- 15th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 29th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B and K

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

Glenwood Public Library
109 N. Vine Street
Glenwood, IA 51534
712-527-5252
E-mail: questions@glenwood.lib.ia.us
Website

Tabor Public Library
725 Main Street
Tabor, IA 51653
712-629-2735
E-mail: dawn.miller@tabor.lib.ia.us
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Mills County Historical Museum
2 Lake Drive
Glenwood, IA 51534
712-527-5038
Website

Indian Creek Historical Society & Museum
59256 380th Street
Hastings, IA 51540
712-824-7730
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Indian Creek Historical Society
59256 380th Street
Emerson, IA 51533
712-824-7730
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, "Mills, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mills_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, "Mills County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mills_County,_Iowa, accessed 16 October 2019.
  9. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in Oregon National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/oreg/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  10. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in California National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  11. 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).