Linn County, Iowa
Genealogy, History & Facts
Linn County, Iowa Facts
When was Linn County, IA Created?
Linn County was established on Decemeber 21, 1837 (Organized in 1839) from Dubuque County. The county was named in honor of Lewis Fields Linn, an U.S. senator from Missouri.
What cities and towns are in Linn County, IA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Alburnett, Bertram, Cedar Rapids, Center Point, Central City, Coggon, Ely, Fairfax, Hiawatha, Lisbon, Marion, Mount Vernon, Palo, Prairieburg, Robins, Springville, Walker.
Linn County, IA Vital Records
Where can find Linn County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Linn 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 Linn 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.
- U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
- Social Security Death Index
- USGenweb Archives Iowa Marriage Project
- Iowa, Births and Christenings, 1830-1950
- Iowa, Births and Christenings Index, 1857-1947
- Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935
- Iowa State Court System; Divorce Records 1992 to December 2008
- Iowa State Public Record Offices; Marriage Records 1834 – 1900
- Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934
- Iowa Marriages to 1850
- Iowa, Marriages, 1851-1900
- Iowa, Marriages, 1809-1992
- Iowa, Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990
Linn County, IA Census Records
What Linn County, IA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Linn County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Linn Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Linn Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Linn Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890.
Linn County, IA Courthouse and Government Records
What genealogical records can I find in the Linn County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Linn County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Iowa Corthouse Records Research Guide.
- Linn County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 50 Third Ave Bridge, Cedar Rapid, IA 52401
- Phone: 319-398-3411
- Linn 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: 1840
- Land Records: 1841
- Linn 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: 1840
- Court Records: 1840
- BLM Land Records
Linn County, IA Societies and Family History Resources
What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Linn County, IA?
A list of Linn County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Iowa Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.
- Springville Area Historical Society, PO Box 382, 304 Broadway Ave, Springville, IA 52336
- Carl & Mary Koehler History Center, 615 1st Avenue Southeast, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401; (319) 362-1501
- Genealogical society of Linn County, P.O. Box 175, 813 1st Ave S.E., Cedar Rapids, IA, 52406-0175; (319) 369-0022; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Iowa State Archives & Records Program
- State Historical Society of Iowa, Capitol Complex, Des Moines, IA 50319
- Iowa Genealogical Society, 628 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Where can I connect with other Linn County, IA Researchers through message boards and forums?
- Iowa State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Iowa Genealogy Network Community (plus.google.com)
- Linn County, Iowa Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com)
- Linn County, Iowa Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com)
What other genealogical resources are available in Linn County, IA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Linn 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.