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Welcome to Wayne County, Iowa!

My name is Ann (Sears) Selvig and I am the volunteer coordinator for Wayne County!  While I do not live in Iowa, the paternal side of my family is from this area and my grandparents were farmers in Sewal and then retired to Corydon. 

I have, over time, collected a variety of different research materials related to Wayne County and I welcome any comments, ideas, thoughts or contributions you may wish to make to this website.  You can contact me via the link below.

Thank you for stopping by and please visit often!

Ann Selvig

County Data Menu

Wayne County of Yesteryear

Off-Site Research Links

Wayne County, the beginning
Wayne County History - Early Settlers

Early Towns of Wayne County

Placenames of Wayne County

Township Map of Wayne County

Allerton history

Bethlehem history

Cambria history

Clio history

Confidence history
Corydon history

Genoa history

Harvard history

New York history

Promise City history

Seymour history

Postcards of Wayne County

1897 Plat Book of Wayne County, Iowa
1930 Plat Book of Wayne County, Iowa

Wayne County Businesses 1912-1913

Iowa Ghost Towns

Rootsweb World Connect Genealogy
Cyndis List of Genealogy Sites
Iowa Vital Records
Family Tree Maker
Iowa Department of Public Health
State Historical Society of Iowa
Genealogy Directory of Cemetery Lists, Burial Records
Higginson Book Store

Historical Atlas of Iowa Counties



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Wayne County Census
Transcribed Marriage, Birth and Death Records
1850 Federal Census
1852 State Special Census
1854 State Census of Iowa
1885 State Census of Iowa
1940 Federal Census

1904-1906 Birth Records Index
Iowa Mortality Schedules 1850-1880
Wayne County Death Index 1918-1920
Wayne County Death Index 1935-1939
Wayne County Early Marriages Book 1

Wayne County Cemetery/Obituary Research

Wayne County Military History

Cemetery List by Township
Index to Wayne County, IA Cemeteries 1846-1978
Supplement to Wayne Co., IA Cemeteries Thru 1991
County Obituaries & Death Notices  
Civil War Vets Buried in Wayne County  
Wayne County Civil War virtual Cemetery on Find a Grave 

Seymour archived newspaper articles

Corydon Times Republican

Veterans Civil War
Wayne County Civil War Vets
Wayne County GAR posts
37th Regiment "Graybeard Regiment"
Spanish-American War Vets Wayne County
Wayne County 1812 veterans
Wayne County Korean War casualties
Wayne County Vietnam War casualties

Transcribed Wayne County Biographies

Wayne County Family History

Who’s Who in Iowa 1940
Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery 1878
Past and Present of Lucas and Wayne Counties Iowa 1913

Surname Page  
Wayne County Old Photographs
Wayne County Unidentified Photographs

Transcribed Wayne County Directories

Wayne County Research Contacts

1952 Corydon Telephone Directory
1954 Promise City Telephone Directory
1954 Humeston Telephone Directory
May 1956 Allerton Phonebook
Oct 1956 Humeston Phonebook
Sept 1959 Millerton Directory
Apr 1961 Humeston Phonebook
Apr 1963 Humeston Derby Phonebook

Wayne County Lookup Volunteers

Courthouse-Historical-Genealogical Societies

Transcribed Wayne County Centennials
Wayne County Sports
Allerton, Iowa July 5-6 1874-1974 Centennial  ~ a work in progress!
Articles from the book
Biographies from the book
1945 22nd Annual Wayne County Basketball Tournament
Wayne County Miscellaneous Items     Wayne County Cook Book Recipes
1964 Courthouse Dedication
Wayne County Pastors and Ministers
1905 Post-Offices and Postmasters
Wayne County Physicians
Allerton Centennial Cookbook
Wayne County Mining History

Mine Inspections 1937-1947

Wayne County Mining Casualties

Cemeteries in Wayne County--GPP entries

Wayne County Indexed GPP entries

IAGenWeb Special Projects

Iowa Family Group Sheets

Iowa in WWII

WPA – 1930’s Graves Registration Survey

Iowa History Project

Iowa in the Civil War Project

Iowa in the Great War Project

IAGenWeb State Census Project

Iowa Old Press

Wayne County Special Projects

Wilkie Estate Property Sale

Allie Leazer Scrapbook

Caroline Greenlee-Helt Autograph Book
Breakfast With Jesse

The Day Jesse James Gang Robbed the Ocobock Bank

Helen Bradshaw's Students - Cambria, Iowa September 1911

More County Facts:

Wayne County is the fifth county west of the Mississippi River and borders the Missouri Counties of Putnam to the southeast and Mercer to the south and the Iowa Counties of Decatur to the west, Lucas to the north, and Appanoose to the east. It is comprised of 336,000 acres and 525 sq. miles. It is rich in Historical value as the Mormons laid their trail through here in 1846, while making their way from Nauvoo, Illinois to the Great Salt Lake in Utah. The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad ran through here, gaining prosperity for its towns people, as well as the discovery of coal, which helped increase the population of the county as people began moving in. It contains the 16 townships of Warren, Jackson, Howard, Clinton, Medicine, Washington, Benton, Clay, Jefferson, Monroe, Corydon, Richman, Walnut, Grand River, South Fork and Union. 

As of the 2020 census, there was a population of 6,497 in the county, an increase in census of 94. 
As of the 2010 census, there was a population of 6,403 in the county, a decrease in census of 327.
As of the 2000 census there was a population of 6,730 people, 2,821 households and 1,918 families residing in Wayne County.

Corydon is the county seat, and other cities include Allerton, Clio, Humeston, Lineville, Millerton, Promise City and Seymour.  Cambria, Confidence, Harvard, New York and Sewal are all unincorporated communities in Wayne County.