Polk County, Iowa Records
Polk County, Iowa (Map It) was created on January 13, 1846 (Organized in January 17, 1846) from Unorganized Territory. Polk County was named in honor of James Knox Polk (1795–1849), the eleventh president of the United States
Polk County is bordered by Boone County (northwest), Story County (north), Jasper County (east), Marion County (southeast), Warren County (south), Madison County (southwest), Dallas County (west).
Polk County Cities and Towns include Alleman, Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Elkhart, Grimes, Johnston, Mitchellville, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Runnells, Sheldahl, Urbandale, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights.
A Polk County, Iowa County and City Maps contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
MapGeeks.org has is a collection of old Iowa maps.
Polk County, Iowa Courthouse Records
Polk County, IA Courthouse
The Polk County Courthouse is located in Des Moines, Iowa. Learn More About State of Iowa Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.
The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Polk county. The date listed for each record is usually the earliest registration filed. The date does not indicate that there are alot records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually filed with the clerk.
- Polk County Recorder's Office has Birth / Death Records from 1880, has Marriage Records from 1846 and has Land Records from 1846. he 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.
- Polk County Clerk of Court has Probate Records from 1846and has Court Records from 1846. The 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.
- Polk County Tax Assessor is responsible for assess and appraise all real estate and personal property, to have access to all public records of the county for the purpose of securing information pertaining to accurate listings of taxable property.
Polk County, Iowa Census Records
- Learn More: State of Iowa Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- State Population Schedules: State Census Collection, 1836-1925, Census Collection, 1838-1870,
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Polk County, Iowa Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Iowa Vital Records
- Birth, Marriage and Death Records: from July 1880 to present.
- Divorce Records: since 1906.
- Locations: Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Records/Statistics, Lucas State Office Bldg., First Floor, Des Moines, IA 50319
- Vital Records Online: USAVital or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
Polk County, Iowa Resources
- State of Iowa Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Iowa
- Polk County/tree Shakers, 933 41st St., W. Des Moines IA 50265-3023
- Polk County, Iowa Message Boards
Polk County, Iowa External Links
- Iowa Historical Newspapers - Newspapers.com
- Polk County, Iowa Books - Amazon
- Iowa Genealogical Society Publications for Polk County
- Polk Co., Iowa - FindaGrave
- Iowa Indexed Historical Records - Familysearch
- Polk County, Iowa Links - Cyndi's List
- Historical Newspapers from Iowa (1837 - 1900)
- Polk Co. IAGenweb
- Polk County, Iowa Ancestry Database Collections
- Polk County, Iowa Military Records