Sac County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Sac City
Organized: 07 April 1856[1]
Parent County(s): Unorganized territory[2]
Neighboring Counties
Buena Vista  • Calhoun  • Carroll  • Cherokee  • Crawford  • Ida  • Pocahontas
See County Maps
Iowa, Sac County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Iowa Sac Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Sac County was named for the Sauk people and is located in northwestern Iowa.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Sac County Courthouse
100 NW State Street, Ste. 12
Sac City, IA 50583
Phone: 712-662-7791

Sac 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
1888 1888 1888 1888 1856 1888 1847
* Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths January 1891. General compliance by 1924.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1888 The courthouse burned, but some charred records were recovered.

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]

Unincorporated communities
  • Carnarvon

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Biographical history of Crawford, Ida and Sac counties, Iowa : containing portraits of all the presidents of the United States, with accompanying biographies, a condensed history of Iowa, with biographies of the governors, engravings of prominent citizens of the counties, with personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. 1893, Chicago, IL: The Lewis Publishing Company. Online at:FamilySearch Digital Library, ($).
  • Sac County, Iowa Biographies Project at RootsWeb — links to biographies and local histories
  • IAGenWeb Biographies

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Sac 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 246
1870 1,411 473.6%
1880 8,774 521.8%
1890 14,522 65.5%
1900 17,639 21.5%
1910 16,555 −6.1%
1920 17,500 5.7%
1930 17,641 0.8%
1940 17,639 −0.0%
1950 17,518 −0.7%
1960 17,007 −2.9%
1970 15,573 −8.4%
1980 14,118 −9.3%
1990 12,324 −12.7%
2000 11,529 −6.5%
2010 10,350 −10.2%
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.

Online Land and Property Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Sac 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.

Cherokee CountyBuena Vista CountyIda CountyCalhoun CountyCrawford CountyCarroll CountyPocahontas CountyIA SAC.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]

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

Sac City Public Library
1001 West Main Street
Sac City, Iowa 50583

Wall Lake Public Library
116 Main Street
P.O. Box 68
Wall Lake, IA 51466

Museums[edit | edit source]

Lake View Historical Museum
114 Crescent Park Drive
Lake View, Iowa 51450

Iowa Rural Schools Museum
122 West Second Street
Odebolt, Iowa 51458

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Sac County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 54
Sac City, Iowa 50583

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, access date:28 July 2021
  2. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library, access date:28 July 2021
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Sac, 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 - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library, access date:28 July 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, "NSac County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 24 October 2019.