Story County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Nevada
Organized: April 4, 1853[1]
Parent County(s): Unorganized territory
Neighboring Counties
Boone  • Hamilton  • Hardin  • Jasper  • Marshall  • Polk
See County Maps
Courthouse
Iowa, Story County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Iowa Story Map.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Story County was named for Joseph Story and is located in central Iowa.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Story County Courthouse
1315 South B Avenue
Nevada, IA 50201
Phone: 515-382-7410
Story County Website

Story 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[3]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1880 1854 1880 1854 1853 1854 1847
* Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths January 1891. General compliance by 1924.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1864 Fire burned the courthouse on January 1.[4]

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:[6]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Townships


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 Story 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 4,051
1870 11,651 187.6%
1880 16,906 45.1%
1890 18,127 7.2%
1900 23,159 27.8%
1910 24,083 4.0%
1920 26,185 8.7%
1930 31,141 18.9%
1940 33,434 7.4%
1950 44,294 32.5%
1960 49,327 11.4%
1970 62,783 27.3%
1980 72,326 15.2%
1990 74,252 2.7%
2000 79,981 7.7%
2010 89,542 12.0%
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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Ward and Branch Records

  • Ames

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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

  • A history of Story County, Iowa: carefully compiled from the earliest settlement to the present. 1887, By William G. Allen. Des Moines, Iowa: Iowa Printing Company. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, IA GenWeb.
  • A history of the town of Ames, Story County, Iowa: together with a brief description of the surrounding country, and the Iowa State Agricultural College, located at Ames. 1871, By Cyrus E. Turner. Ames, IA: Ames Intelligencer. Online at:FamilySearch Digital Library, ISU Library.
  • Resources and wealth of Story County, Iowa: a pamphlet containing a description of Story County, a business review of it's towns. 1880, By W. C. B. Allen. Nevada, IA: Representative Power Press Print. Online at:FamilySearch Digital Library.

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.

Hamilton CountyHardin CountyMarshall CountyJasper CountyPolk CountyBoone CountyIA STORY.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 Story 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:

- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A

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

Nevada Public Library
631 K Avenue
Nevada, IA 50201
515-382-2628
E-mail:npl@nevada.lib.ia.us
Website

Maxwell Public Library
109 Main Street
Maxwell, Iowa 50161
515-387-8780
Website

Roland Public Library
221 N Main Street
Roland, IA 50236
515-388-4086
E-mail:rolandlib@globalccs.net
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Ames History Museum
416 Douglas Ave #101
Ames, IA 50010
515-232-2148
E-mail:info@ameshistory.org
Website

Iowa State University Museums
1805 Center Drive
Ames, IA 50011
515-294-3342
Website

Maxwell Museum
c/o The Community Historical Society
City Hall
107 Main Street
Maxwell, IA 50161
515-387-8655
Website

Museums of Story City
619 Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 104
Story City, IA 50248
515-460-1749
E-mail:storycityhistory@gmail.com
Website

Roland Museum
104 Poplar Street
Roland, IA 50236
E-mail:rolandiowamuseum@gmail.com
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Story County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 692
Ames, Iowa 50010
E-mail:storygenes@gmail.com
Website

Nevada Community Historical Society
624 J Avenue
Nevada, IA 50201-0213
515-382-6684
E-mail:admin@nevadaiowahistory.org
Website

Ames Historical Society
416 Douglas #101 / P.O. Box 821
Ames, IA 50010,
E-mail:info@ameshistory.org
Website

Cambridge Historical Association
Cambridge, Iowa
515-220-4478
E-mail:cha@huxcomm.net
Facebook

Gilbert Historical Society
209 Main Street / PO Box 33
Gilbert, IA 50105
E-mail:macpepsi_2000@yahoo.com
Facebook

Slater Historical Association
318 First Avenue / Box 487
Slater, Iowa 50244
515-228-3832 or 515-480-9789
E-mail:slaterhist@huxcomm.net
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • 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. Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed July 28, 2021.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Story, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Story_County,_Iowa."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Story_County_Courthouse_(Iowa)
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Story County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Story_County,_Iowa, accessed 31 October 2019.