Iowa Government records cover a broad range of genealogy subject areas that can help you as part of your research, such as land ownership, courts, taxes, and naturalization’s. Given that Iowa court records cover such a wide selection of topics, they could aid you in many different ways. As an example, they could aid you in finding ancestors’ residences, identify occupations, locate financial information, determine citizenship status, or shed light on relationships between individuals. The whole thing relies upon on the type of court records that the ancestors” names show up in. For Definitions of all court terms see the Genealogy Encyclopedia.

Iowa Courthouse records change extensively from county to county in both level of quality and volume. You will find different kinds of court records that are most likely to possess information related for your genealogical research below.

Iowa Court Records

Iowa Land Records

See Also Guide to U.S. Land Records Research

Iowa Probate Records

See Also Guide to U.S. Probate Records Research

Iowa Tax Records

See Also Guide to U.S. Tax Records Research

Iowa Immigration & Naturalization Records

See Also Guide to U.S. Immigration Records Research

Iowa County & City Government Links

Iowa contains 15 counties. Each county is the local level of government within its borders. The links in the table below link to county and city government offices and is limited to government-maintained websites. If you know of a Iowa county that has an official government web site but is not linked, or if the link is in error, please contact us so we may edit our database. Iowa State Government is located in Des Moines.

State of Iowa County & City Government Links


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Adair Greenfield Jefferson Fairfield
Adams Corning Johnson Iowa City
Allamakee Waukon Jones Anamosa
Appanoose Centerville Keokuk Sigourney
Audubon Audubon Kossuth Algona
Benton Vinton Lee Fort Madison & Keokuk
Black Hawk Waterloo Linn Cedar Rapids
Boone Boone Louisa Wapello
Bremer Waverly Lucas Chariton
Buchanan Independence Lyon Rock Rapids
Buena Vista Storm Lake Madison Winterset
Butler Allison Mahaska Oskaloosa
Calhoun Rockwell City Marion Knoxville
Carroll Carroll Marshall Marshalltown
Cass Atlantic Mills Glenwood
Cedar Tipton Mitchell Osage
Cerro Gordo Mason City Monona Onawa
Cherokee Cherokee Monroe Albia
Chickasaw New Hampton Montgomery Red Oak
Clarke Osceola Muscatine Muscatine
Clay Spencer O’Brien Primghar
Clayton Elkader Osceola Sibley
Clinton Clinton Palo Alto Emmetsburg
Crawford Denison Page Clarinda
Dallas Adel Plymouth Le Mars
Davis Bloomfield Pocahontas Pocahontas
Decatur Leon Polk Des Moines
Delaware Manchester Pottawattamie Council Bluffs
Des Moines Burlington Poweshiek Montezuma
Dickinson Spirit Lake Ringgold Mount Ayr
Dubuque Dubuque Sac Sac City
Emmet Estherville Scott Davenport
Fayette West Union Shelby Harlan
Floyd Charles City Sioux Orange City
Franklin Hampton Story Nevada
Fremont Sidney Tama Toledo
Greene Jefferson Taylor Bedford
Grundy Grundy Center Union Creston
Guthrie Guthrie Center Van Buren Keosauqua
Hamilton Webster City Wapello Ottumwa
Hancock Garner Warren Indianola
Hardin Eldora Washington Washington
Harrison Logan Wayne Corydon
Henry Mount Pleasant Webster Fort Dodge
Howard Cresco Winnebago Forest City
Humboldt Dakota City Winneshiek Decorah
Ida Ida Grove Woodbury Sioux City
Iowa Marengo Worth Northwood
Jackson Maquoketa Wright Clarion
Jasper Newton