Search For Your Ancestors



Carroll County, Iowa
Genealogy, History & Facts

Carroll County, Iowa Facts

When was Carroll County, IA Created?
Carroll County was established on January 15, 1851 (Organized in 1855) from Pottawattamie County & Unorganized Territory. The county was named in honor of Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737–1832), a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. He was the only Roman Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence, and the longest living signer.

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

What counties are adjacent to Carroll County, IA?
Bordering Counties are Sac CountyCalhoun CountyGreene CountyGuthrie CountyAudubon CountyCrawford County.

What cities and towns are in Carroll County, IA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Arcadia, Breda, Carroll, Coon Rapids, Dedham, Glidden, Halbur, Lanesboro, Lidderdale, Manning, Ralston, Templeton, Willey.

Carroll County, IA Vital Records

Where can find Carroll County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Carroll 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 Carroll County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Iowa Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDeath Certificate Application to mail.

Carroll County, IA Census Records

What Carroll County, IA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Carroll County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

Carroll Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Carroll Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Carroll 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

Carroll County, IA Courthouse and Government Records

Carroll County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Carroll County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Carroll County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Iowa Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Carroll County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 114 E 6th St, Carroll, IA 51401
    • Phone: (712) 792-3328
  • Carroll 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.
    • Birth / Death Records: 1880
    • Marriage Records: 1855
    • Land Records: 1855
  • Carroll 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.
    • Probate Records: 1856
    • Court Records: 1855?
  • BLM Land Records

Carroll County, IA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Carroll County, IA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Carroll 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.

Carroll Co. IA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Carroll Co. IA Cemeteries & Church Records

Carroll Co. IA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Carroll Co. IA General and History Websites

Carroll Co. IA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Carroll Co. IA Military Records

Carroll Co. IA Schools & Directories