Adair County, Iowa Genealogy Guide

Adair County, Iowa (Map It) was created on January 15, 1851 (Organized in 1854) from Pottawattamie County and Unorganized Land. Adair County was named in honor of John Adair, a general in the War of 1812 and eighth governor of Kentucky. Learn More About State of Iowa History

Adair County is bordered by Guthrie County (north), Madison County (east), Union County (southeast), Adams County (southwest), Cass County (west).

Adair County Cities and Towns include Adair, Bridgewater, Casey, Fontanelle, Greenfield, Orient, Stuart.

A Adair County, Iowa County and City Maps contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Adair County, Iowa Courthouse Records

Adair County, Iowa Courthouse
Adair County, IA Courthouse
Courthouse History

The Adair County Courthouse is located in Greenfield, Iowa. Adair County was attached to Cass County for a breif time. Some early records may be found there. Courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1889. Most Court Records were destroyed. Learn More About State of Iowa Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Adair county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • Adair County Recorder's Office has Birth / Death Records from 1880, has Marriage Records from 1854 and has Land Records from 1854. he County Recorder's Office maintains official records of documents affecting title to real estate. Every real estate transaction that takes place begins in the Recorder's Office. One of the major duties of the office is the management of public records. As a result, accuracy and preservation of records are a must in the Recorder's Office. In addition to real estate transactions, the Recorder's Office issues titles and liens; records veterans discharge papers; processes passport applications; accepts marriage applications and issues the subsequent license; issues certified copies of birth, death and marriage records as well as other numerous duties.
  • Adair County Clerk of Court has Probate Records from 1857and has Court Records from 1887. The County Clerk of Court manages and maintains all trial court records, including pleadings, evidence and orders. The clerks of court have hundreds of administrative duties. They accept and process fines, fees and court costs owed to the state, child support checks, and civil judgments owed to litigants. They maintain a record of liens on all real estate in the county. Clerks help with involuntary hospitalization cases. They have the authority to dispose of scheduled violations which are not contested and do not require a court hearing. Clerks are also responsible for informing state and local government agencies of court orders.
  • Adair County Tax Assessor is responsible for assess and appraise all real estate and personal property, to have access to all public records of the county for the purpose of securing information pertaining to accurate listings of taxable property.

Adair County, Iowa Census Records

Adair County, Iowa Vital Records

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