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Dickinson County, Iowa Facts

Dickinson County

When was Dickinson County, IA Created?
Dickinson County was established on January 15, 1851 (Organized in August 3, 1857) from Unorganized Territory. The county was named in honor of Daniel Stevens Dickinson (1800–1866), an United States senator from New York.

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

What counties are adjacent to Dickinson County, IA?
Bordering Counties are Jackson County, Minnesota, Emmet County, Clay County, Osceola County.

What cities and towns are in Dickinson County, IA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Arnolds Park, Lake Park, Milford, Okoboji, Orleans, Spirit Lake, Superior, Terril, Wahpeton, West Okoboji.

Dickinson County, IA Vital Records

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

Dickinson County, IA Census Records

What Dickinson County, IA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Dickinson 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.

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

Dickinson County, IA Courthouse and Government Records

Dickinson County Courthouse

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

  • Dickinson County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1802 Hill Ave, Spirit Lake, IA 51360
    • Phone: (712) 336-1138
  • Dickinson 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: 1871
    • Land Records: 1861
  • Dickinson 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: 1861 
    • Court Records: 1880?
  • BLM Land Records

Dickinson County, IA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Dickinson Co. IA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Dickinson Co. IA Cemeteries & Church Records

Dickinson Co. IA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Dickinson Co. IA General and History Websites

Dickinson Co. IA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Dickinson Co. IA Military Records

Dickinson Co. IA Schools & Directories

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