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==== Populated Places  ====
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corning,_Iowa Corning]
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* [[Brooks, Iowa|Brooks]]
* Dickieville
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* Mount Etna
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nevinville,_Iowa Nevinville]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strand,_Iowa Strand]
*Lincoln Center
* Stringtown
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Township,_Adams_County,_Iowa Carl]
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_Township,_Adams_County,_Iowa Colony]
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Township,_Adams_County,_Iowa Douglas]
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_Township,_Adams_County,_Iowa Grant]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasper_Township,_Adams_County,_Iowa Jasper]
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Township,_Adams_County,_Iowa Lincoln]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercer_Township,_Adams_County,_Iowa Mercer]
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nodaway_Township,_Adams_County,_Iowa Nodaway]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prescott_Township,_Adams_County,_Iowa Prescott]
*[[Brooks, Iowa|Brooks]]  
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quincy_Township,_Adams_County,_Iowa Quincy]
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Township,_Adams_County,_Iowa Union]
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Township,_Adams_County,_Iowa Washington]
*Lincoln Center
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*Mount Etna
This list of cities and townships came from [http://iowa.hometownlocator.com/ia/adams/ hometownlocator.com] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Iowa#Cities wikipedia.org.]
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
==== Neighboring Counties  ====

Revision as of 13:55, 14 September 2018

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


Adams County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Adams County
Location in the state of Iowa, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded January 15, 1851
County Seat Corning
Address Adams County Courthouse
500 9th St.
Corning, IA 50841
Phone: (515) 322-4711
Adams County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for John Adams. The County has Corning as its seat and the County was created March 12, 1853. The County is located in the southwest area of the state.[1]

Adams County, Iowa Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1880 1885 1880 1840 1853 1868

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Adams County Courthouse
500 9th St.
Corning, IA 50841

(515) 322-4711

Adams County

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1851 - Adams County was created 15 January 1851 from Pottawattamie County. The county was organized 7 March 1853.
County seat: Corning [3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Iowa County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Iowa County Boundary Maps" (1816-1872) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1888 - Courthouse burned on February 1, 1888 and some early records were destroyed.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Unincorporated communities

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Adair • Cass • Montgomery • Page • Ringgold • Taylor • Union

Template:IAAdams County, Iowa Clickable Neighbors

Resources[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Rootsweb Iowa Biographics Project Click title to see alphabetical list, some with links

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
IAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
IAGenWeb Archives Iowa Gravestones
Tombstone Project
Iowa gravestones Project
Billion Graves
See Iowa Cemeteries for more information.
  • Baldwin Cemetery
  • Bohemian National Cemetery
  • Brooks Cemetery
  • Calvary Cemetery
  • Carl Cemetery
  • Evergreen Cemetery
  • Forest Hill Cemetery
  • Homan Cemetery
  • Icarian Cemetery
  • Lincoln Center Cemetery
  • Methodist Grove Cemetery
  • Mount Etna Cemetery
  • Mount Pleasant Cemetery
  • Mount Zion Cemetery
  • Nodaway Cemetery
  • Oak Hill Cemetery
  • Oakland Cemetery
  • Old Brooks Cemetery
  • Old Evergreen Cemetery
  • Old Mount Etna Cemetery
  • Old Queen City Cemetery
  • Prairie Rose Cemetery
  • Queen City Cemetery
  • Quincy Cemetery
  • Rose Hill Cemetery
  • Salem Cemetery
  • Strand Cemetery
  • Stringtown Cemetery
  • Summit Cemetery
  • Thompson Cemetery
  • Walnut Grove Cemetery

Transcriptions of these cemeteries can be found at:

Census[edit | edit source]

Iowa recorded not only the federal census but state census through out the years too. The state census contains very valuable genealogical information. Where the census information can be found, what years it was taken, mortality schedules, census substitutions and much more is discussed in the very informative Iowa Census article.

State Census

Church[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Iowa Church Records.

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Iowa Land and Property for additional information about early Iowa land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Adams County, Iowa Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Iowa Local Histories.

Biographical History of Montgomery and Adams Counties, Iowa

  • A Brief history of Corning and Adams County, Iowa, on the occasion of observing Corning's first 100 years : 1857-1957 Corning Iowa centurama. Corning, Iowa : Free Press Publishing Co., 1957.
  • Adams County History Book Committee (Corning, Iowa). History of Adams County, Iowa. Corning, Iowa : Corning Departmental Club and Civic Department, c1984.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in Adams County, Iowa Genealogy 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 in Adams County, Iowa Genealogy:

- 4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
- 29th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives
  • Adams County Free Press. Corning, Iowa, United States Of America. Database created from microfilm copies of the newspaper. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

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.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Iowa - Adams - Probate records.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Iowa tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Tax lists were usually made every year, however, there may be gaps of several years. For more information, see the wiki page Iowa Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Iowa Department of Public Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also How to order Iowa Vital Records or order electronically online.

Births[edit | edit source]
Marriages[edit | edit source]
Deaths[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Adams County Genealogical Society
% Public Library
603 9th Street
Corning IA 50841-1034

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to Adams County, Iowa Genealogy
State Historical Society of Iowa Free Select from research collection topics
The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection Free digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural insitutions - results of "adams county" in the search box
State Library of Iowa Free electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies - results of "adams county" in the search box
IAGenWeb Project Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Birth,Death,Marriage records on FamilySearch Free Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes
Sites that search for links pertaining to Adams County, Iowa Genealogy
RootsWeb Resources Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Genealogy Inc. Free family history resources and government records
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Adams County, Iowa Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch Catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
See also local libraries and Iowa Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Adams County, Iowa Genealogy
GeneaBloggers enter "Iowa" in search box to see list and links to Iowa blogs
Google+ list of groups from "iowa genealogy" search
Facebook list of groups from "Iowa Genealogy" search
genealogy.com Iowa Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Adams County Message Board

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Iowa.
  2. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 225-231. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).