Taylor County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Bedford
Organized: February 26, 1851[1]
Parent County(s): Unorganized territory[2]
Neighboring Counties
Adams  • Montgomery  • Page  • Ringgold  • Union  • Nodaway (MO)  • Worth (MO)
See County Maps
Iowa, Taylor County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Iowa Taylor Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Taylor County was named for Zachary Taylor and is located in southwestern Iowa.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Taylor County Courthouse
403 Jefferson Street, Suite 4
Bedford, IA 50833
Phone: 712-523-2095
Tama County Website

Taylor 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 1854 1880 1858 1855 1863 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:[6]

Unincorporated communities
  • Platteville
Census-designated places

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 Taylor 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 204
1860 3,590 1659.8%
1870 6,989 94.7%
1880 15,635 123.7%
1890 16,384 4.8%
1900 18,784 14.6%
1910 16,312 −13.2%
1920 15,514 −4.9%
1930 14,859 −4.2%
1940 14,258 −4.0%
1950 12,420 −12.9%
1960 10,288 −17.2%
1970 8,790 −14.6%
1980 8,353 −5.0%
1990 7,114 −14.8%
2000 6,958 −2.2%
2010 6,317 −9.2%
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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

  • History of Taylor County Iowa, 1981. By Taylor County Historical Society (Bedford, Iowa). Dallas, Texas: Taylor Pub. Co., 1981. At various libraries(WorldCat.
  • History of Taylor County, Iowa: containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, etc., a biographical directory, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, history of Iowa. 1881, Des Moines, IA: State Historical. Online at:FamilySearch Digital Library, HathiTrust, 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.

Montgomery CountyAdams CountyUnion CountyPage CountyRinggold CountyNodaway CountyWorth CountyIA TAYLOR.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 Taylor 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 K
- 10th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company C
- 14th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
- 24th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 28th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 29th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F and K
- 46th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company D

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

Bedford Public Library
507 Jefferson Street
Bedford, IA 50833

Museums[edit | edit source]

Taylor County Historical Museum
1001 Pollock Boulevard
Bedford, IA 50833

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Taylor County Genealogical Society
Box 8
Gravity, Iowa 50848

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 29, 2021.
  2. Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed July 29, 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Taylor, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_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. 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, "Taylor County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_County,_Iowa#Communities, accessed 31 October 2019.