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Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
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Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Facts

When was Cerro Gordo County, IA Created?
Cerro Gordo County was established on January 15, 1851 (Organized in 1855) from Unorganized Territory. The county was named for the Battle of Cerro Gordo in the Mexican-American War

What is the County Seat of Cerro Gordo County, IA?
The County Seat is located in Mason City and the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Cerro Gordo County, IA?
Bordering Counties are Worth CountyMitchell CountyFloyd CountyFranklin CountyHancock County.

What cities and towns are in Cerro Gordo County, IA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Clear Lake, Dougherty, Mason City, Meservey, Nora Springs, Plymouth, Rock Falls, Rockwell, Swaledale, Thornton, Ventura.

Cerro Gordo County, IA Vital Records

Where can find Cerro Gordo County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Cerro Gordo 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 Cerro Gordo 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.

Cerro Gordo County, IA Census Records

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

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

Cerro Gordo County, IA Courthouse and Government Records

Cerro Gordo County Courthouse

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

  • Cerro Gordo County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 220 N Washington Ave, Mason City, IA 50401
    • Phone: (641) 424-6431
  • Cerro Gordo 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
  • Cerro Gordo 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: 1857
    • Court Records: 1880?
  • BLM Land Records

Cerro Gordo County, IA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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