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Howard County, Iowa
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Howard County, Iowa Facts

Howard County

When was Howard County, IA Created?
Howard County was established on January 15, 1851 from Unorganized Land. The County was recreated on January 15, 1951 from Unorganized Territory.

What is the County Seat of Howard County, IA?
The County Seat is located in Cresco and the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Howard County, IA?
Bordering Counties are Mower County, Minnesota, Fillmore County, Minnesota, Winnesheik County, Chickasaw County, Mitchell County, Floyd County.

Howard County, IA Vital Records

Where can find Howard County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Howard County vital records can be found at the Iowa Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth, marriage and death records from July 1880. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Iowa for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Howard County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Iowa Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.

Howard County, IA Census Records

What Howard County, IA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Howard County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Howard Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Howard Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Howard Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890.

Another Iowa census is the Iowa State Census Collection from 1836-1925. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Iowa Census Records Research Guide

Howard County, IA Courthouse and Government Records

Howard County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Howard County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Howard County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Iowa courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Iowa residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Howard County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Iowa Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Howard County, IA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Howard County, IA?
A list of Howard County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Iowa Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Howard County, IA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Howard County, IA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Howard County. Many of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is simply a list which has been compiled or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another.

Howard Co. IA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Howard Co. IA Cemeteries & Church Records

Howard Co. IA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Howard Co. IA General and History Websites

Howard Co. IA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Howard Co. IA Military Records

Howard Co. IA Schools & Directories

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