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KENT TRANSIER
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Linda Griffith Smith

 

 

Welcome to the Madison County IAGenWeb site.

Madison County is located in the south central part of Iowa. It was created in 1846 and organized in 1849 from unorganized territory (Mahaska). Madison County has many covered bridges made famous in the book The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. It is also the home of the "Delicious" apple and the birthplace of John Wayne. The county seat is Winterset.

New Visitors...Read This First:  This website is unusual in that all of the available official county records directly related to genealogy (births, marriages, deaths and burials) are posted here. The only exception is that we are preserving privacy by not posting births and marriages newer than 100 years old or the data has not been released by state or county officials. The only "sets" of data related to official records left to post are yearly updates of the county births and marriages to accommodate the privacy issue and newly released data such as the Iowa Delayed Certificates of Birth.

In addition to the county records, we have transcribed and posted every Federal Census from 1850 through 1930 and every Iowa State Census from 1849 through 1895. Every gravestone has been photographed and posted and a team is dedicated to photographing new burials as they occur. We have attempted to post every obituary (over 33,900 on line) and have a continuing project to make the collection complete.

As you peruse the "What's New" section below, keep in mind that with the exception of the marriage and birth records we post each year the data we are adding is based on research by the Madison County team aimed at enhancing the official county, state and federal data already on line.

 

What's New

Daily Updates:  The County Coordinator, along with several members of the Madison County Genealogical Society are working daily on obituaries, cemetery records, marriage records, birth records, headstone photos, newspaper gleanings, the Madison County Family Tree, and other research pertaining to Madison County. This results in many daily updates of this website. If we were to list each change we have made over the past six months, you would have to plow through well over 100 pages of change documentation. However, we have elected to post complete data sets for your perusal as they are generated. See "1917 Madison County Marriages", "1918 Madison County Births",  and "New Birth Records Project" below to access new data sets.

If you visited this website before and didn't find your relative's information, we urge you to look again and to look each time you visit here. In the period from Oct 2018 thru Mar 2019, we have posted 368 new obituaries and added alternate obituaries to 68 already on line. Finally, cemetery records are regularly updated to reflect the most recent burials. Listed below are some of the highlights of What's New in the 12 months between April 01, 1918 and March 31, 2019.  

Madison County Family Tree UpdateThe Madison County Family Tree is now hosted by RootsMagic Online and will be updated weekly.  It holds the same information as the previous Family Tree although the format is new and different.  Please take time to visit the Help screen to become familiar with the site.  The previous family tree was hosted by RootsWeb which was taken over by Ancestry a few years ago. Since that time, our weekly updates have not been shown. This new Family Tree hosted by RootsMagic contains 18+ months of updates, so you may find some helpful family information. (Posted 08 Apr  2019)

Divorces - In early 2015, a dedicated group of Madison County Genealogical Society members went through the records of Madison County court proceedings at the County Courthouse and extracted 868 divorce records.  These records were put in file folders within archival quality file boxes devoted exclusively to divorces so they can readily be retrieved.  The records reside in the Clerk of Court's office along with an index which we have published herein under "Divorces". (Posted 20 Jan 2019) 

 

Composite Census Index Now On Line - If you've been frustrated by having to open census after census, looking for your relative, there is now an easier way to find them. We have created a master census index for Madison County, combining the indices from all of the censuses we have transcribed. This index includes all federal censuses from 1850 through 1930 and all state censuses from 1849 through 1895. You can access this index here or through the Census Records link on the left. (Posted 06 Dec 2018)

Funeral Cards Added - An updated list of Funeral Cards held by the Winterset Library was submitted for posting by Pat Hochstetler. The list contained 461 new records and those records are now integrated into the Funeral Card Records. A list of the 461 additions can be found here. Copies of specific cards can be obtained by contacting the Madison County Genealogical Society. (Posted 17 Dec 2018)

1918 Madison County Births - The complete set of Madison County births for calendar year 1918, comprised of 360 records, have been posted to our birth pages as of March 31, 2019. To see the list of 1918 births, click here. To see them integrated with all births, select "Birth Records" on the left.

1917 Madison County Marriages - The complete set of Madison County marriages for calendar year 1917, comprised of 254 records, have been posted to our Marriage List as of September 30, 2018. To see the list of 1917 marriages, click here. To see them integrated with all marriages, select "Marraige Records" on the left.

Current Contributors:  Maintenance and improvement of this website would be impossible without the continued support of volunteer contributors. Special thanks go to Pat Hochstetler who has worked tirelessly in transcribing older obituaries along with new obituaries as well as photographing gravestones. Over the past year, Eileen Reed has submitted many obituaries and family photos which are greatly appreciated. And finally, thanks go to Shirley Keating who works on current obituaries and Ida Morse who works on gravestone photos.

Gravestone Photos: All gravestones in Madison County have been photographed and posted at the Iowa Gravestones Project. One hundred thirty five newly placed gravestones in the period 01 Oct 2018 to 30 Mar 2019 have been photographed and posted. A list of the new postings can be seen in a separately compiled list of new Gravestone Photo postings.

 

 

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