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BIOGRAPHY CEMETERIES CEMETERY INDEXES CHURCH HISTORY CHURCH RECORDS
DIRECTORIES GAZETTEERS HISTORY LAND & PROPERTY MAPS
CITIZENSHIP PROBATE RECORDS SCHOOLS TAXATION VOTING REGISTERS
MARRIAGE RECORDS DIVORCE RECORDS BIRTH RECORDS DEATH RECORDS VITAL RECORD INDEXES

Topic: Biography Author Film #
Title: The History of Benton County, Iowa :
containing a history of the county, a biographical directory, war record of its volunteers, history of Iowa
Published: Chicago: Western Historical Co., 1878. 641 p. Film 934930 Item 3
Title: Portrait and biographical album of Benton County, Iowa :
containing portraits and biographies of all the governors of Iowa
Published: Chicago : Chapman Brothers, 1887. 424 p. Film 934930 Item 4
Title: Pioneer recollections,
stories and pictures depicting the early history and descendants of the pioneers of the county : selected from the family albums & libraries of the descendants of the pioneers of the county, also stories as written or dictated by these residents, from records in their possession or tales related to them by their parents.
Ransom, Harley (Author)
Published: Vinton, Ia: Historical Pub. Co., 1941. 392 p.
Film 985416 Item 8
Topic: Cemeteries Author Film #
Title: Benton Co., Iowa, cemeteries

typescript Film 987654 Items 5-6
Topic: Cemeteries - Indexes Author Film #
Title: Benton County, Iowa cemetery card file index, 1830-1976
Cemeteries: Beal, Iowa Township;
            Bear Creek, Harrison Township;
            Bellar, Eden Township;
            Bender, Union Township;
            Big Grove, Big Grove Township;
            Brown/Herb, Bruce Township;
            Calvary, Union Township;
            Carlisle Grove, Jackson Township;
            Cox, Polk Township;
            Crawford, Canton Township;
            Eden, Eden Township;
            Engledow, Cedar Township;
            Evergreen, Taylor Township A-P
Benton County Historical Society Archive, Vinton, Iowa Film 1906916
Title: Benton County, Iowa cemetery card file index, 1830-1976
Cemeteries: Evergreen, Taylor Township P-Z;
            Fairview, Bruce Township;
            Fix, Fremont Township;
            Gnagy, Monroe Township;
            Greenwalt, Cedar Township;
            Greenwood, Canton Township;
            Garrison, Jackson Township;
            Holy Cross, Kane Township;
            Houghton, Homer Township;
            International, LeRoy Township;
            Irving, Kane Township;
            Keystone, Kane Township;
            Kisling, Polk Township;
            LaRue/Quaker, Big Grove Township;
            Lutheran, Iowa Township A-G
Benton County Historical Society Archive, Vinton, Iowa Film 1906917
Title: Benton County, Iowa cemetery card file index, 1830-1976
Cemeteries: Lutheran, Iowa Township G-Z;
            Luzerne, LeRoy Township,
            McBroom, Benton;
            Maplewood, Taylor Township;
            Mounds, St. Clair Township;
            Mt. Auburn, Cedar Township;
            Mt. Pleasant, Canton Township;
            Norway, Florence Township;
            Oakhill, Belle Plaine A-H
Benton County Historical Society Archive, Vinton, Iowa Film 1906918
Title: Benton County, Iowa cemetery card file index, 1830-1976
Cemeteries: Oakhill, Belle Plaine H-Z;
            Oak Hill, Florence Township;
            Oakwood, Shellburg A-M
Benton County Historical Society Archive, Vinton, Iowa Film 1906919
Title: Benton County, Iowa cemetery card file index, 1830-1976
Cemeteries: Oakwood, M-Z;
            Parkers Grove, Canton;
            Pleasant Hill/Blacks, Le Roy;
            Pratt Creek, Jackson;
            U.B. Prairie, Taylor;
            Prairie Lutheran/Eldorado/Thompson, Eldorado;
            Raetz, Fremont;
            New Jerusalem, Monroe;
            Rampton, Monroe;
            Redman, Kane;
            Evangelical Salem, Eldorado;
            St. Johns Lutheran, Eldorado;
            St. Josephs', Monroe;
            St. Marys, Polk;
            St. Marys, Taylor;
            Spencers Grove, Polk;
            St. Michaels, Florence;
            St. Patrick/St. Paul, St. Clair A-R
Benton County Historical Society Archive, Vinton, Iowa Film 1906920
Title: Benton County, Iowa cemetery card file index, 1830-1976
Cemeteries: St. Patrick/St. Paul S-Z;
            St. Stephens, Fremont;
            Twogood, Homer;
            Urbana, Polk;
            Urmy, Monroe;
            Van Metre, Union;
Benton County Historical Society Archive, Vinton, Iowa Film 1906921
Topic: Church history Author Film #
Title: Card index to existing churches in Benton Co., Iowa Filmed by the Gen. Soc. of Utah, 1976 Film 987652 Item 2
Title: Church histories, 1858-1958 Parkers Grove Baptist Church
Note: This church is located near Shellsburg.
Original records Film 987655 Item 13
Title: Churches of Benton Co., Iowa Original typescript Film 987654 Item 4
Title: Gemeinde Buch, 1891-1911 Stringtown Evangelical Church (Leroy Twp.)
Notes: Text in German & English. Contains annual meeting minutes.
Original records Film 987652 Item 4
Title: History of Churches of Christ, Benton County, Iowa.
Note: History of the churches at Urbana, Oak Grove, Mt. Auburn, Vinton, Brandon, Prairie Creek, Yankee Grove, Big Grove.
Manuscript published:
[S.l. : s.n.] 1929. 48 p.
Film 987645 Item 4
Title: History of Spencer's Grove Methodist Church & locality. Adapted from material written by Mrs. Wilmer J. Robinson Film 987654 Item 1
Topic: Church records Author Film #
Title: Annual meeting reports, 1892-1920 Disciples of Christ
Note: These are the meetings held at Oak Grove, Brandon, Prairie Creek, and Mt. Auburn.
Original records Film 987651 Item 6
Title: 1839-1954 United Brethren Church. Iowa Conference. Vinton Circuit
History; membership; meeting minutes; funerals, 1894-1906
Original records, hand and typewritten Film 987645 Item 2
Title: 1839-1954 United Brethren Church. Iowa Conference. Vinton Circuit
Membership; baptisms, 1905; funerals, 1894-1906
Original records, hand and typewritten Film 987652 Item 3
Title: 1858-1958 Prairie Creek Christian Church (Harrison Township)
Note: Contains memberships, history, finances, newspaper clipping.
Original records Film 987644 Item 1
Title: 1860-1974 Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church (Fremont Township)
Note: Contains session minutes - membership - baptisms, 1860-1916 - officers & pastors.
Original records Film 987652 Item 9
Title: 1865-1907 Methodist Church (Garrison)
Note: Contains history - lists of pastors, probationers, & members - baptisms, 1865-1895 - marriages, 1867-1878, 1882-1895.
Original records Film 987657 Item 1
Title: 1882-1891 United Brethren Church. Iowa Conference. Benton Circuit
Notes: Text in German & English. Contains memberships of Stringtown, Eden, Belle Plaine, Wolfe, Van Horne in Benton County & Bluffs in Iowa County.

With: Salem United Methodist Church (Van Horne, Iowa). Centennial, 1870-1970.
Original typescript & manuscript Film 987653 Item 2
Title: 1888-1924 United Brethren Church. Des Moines Conference. Blairstown Circuit.
Notes: Contains history; quarterly meeting minutes; lists of pastors, elders, & members; conversions; baptisms, 1904-1907; marriages & funerals, 1889-1907; etc.

Includes centennial, 1865-1965, of Calvary Church Evangelical United Brethren, Blairstown, Iowa.
Original typescript & manuscript Film 987655 Item 12
Title: Kirchenbuch, 1891-1934 United Brethren Church. Iowa Conference. Van Horne Circuit.
Notes: Text in German & English. Contains history; list of officers, members; baptisms, 1891-1934.

With: Salem United Methodist Church (Van Horne, Iowa). Centennial, 1870-1970.
Original manuscript Film 987653 Item 2
Topic: Directories Author Film #
Title: Plat book of Benton County, Iowa
Published: Minneapolis : Warner and Foote, 1885. 52 p.
Warner, George E (Main Author) Foote, Charles M. (Added Author) Film 985416 Item 7.
Another copy:
Film 987657 Item 7
Topic: Divorce records Author Film #
Title: Divorce records, 1906-1925

Benton County District Court Film 1871618 Item 3
Topic: Gazetteers Author Film #
Title: Standard atlas of Benton County, Iowa : including...patrons directory

Published: Chicago: Ogle, 1901. 91 p Film 987657 Item 8
Topic: History Author Film #
Title: Address at the Old Settlers meeting at Norway, Iowa, August 13, 1944 by Wick, B. L.
Published: [S.l. : s.n., 1944?]. 7 p.
Film 985416 Item 9
Title: Benton Co., Iowa, map and short history Original typescript Film 987651 Item 7
Title: The History of Benton County, Iowa :
containing a history of the county, a biographical directory, war record of its volunteers, history of Iowa
Published: Chicago: Western Historical Co., 1878. 641 p. Film 934930 Item 3
Title: History of Benton County, Iowa :
from materials in the public archives, the Iowa Historical Society's collection, the newspapers & data of personal interviews; also containing sketches of representative men.
Notes: Photocopy of v. 1. Includes index.
Hill, Luther B.
Publication: Chicago [Illinois] : Lewis Pub. Co., [190-?]
Film 909000 Items 1-2
Title: Notes from the 1878 "History of Benton County" Jones, Tracy Film 987657 Item 3
Title: Pioneer recollections,
stories and pictures depicting the early history and descendants of the pioneers of the county : selected from the family albums & libraries of the descendants of the pioneers of the county, also stories as written or dictated by these residents, from records in their possession or tales related to them by their parents.
Ransom, Harley (Author)
Published: Vinton, Ia: Historical Pub. Co., 1941. 392 p.
Film 985416 Item 8
Title: Sketches of Benton, Co., Iowa, printed in the Vinton Eagle December 1, 1875 through March 1, 1876 Lyman, Fred Film 987655 Item 19
Topic: Land and property Author Film #
Title: Abstract of original entries, 1846-1862.
Original records at the Benton County courthouse.
United States. Land Office (Des Moines, Iowa) Film 987630 Item 1
Title: Benton County record transcribed, 1848-1853 Benton County Recorder Film 1024672 Item 4
Title: Deeds, Index 1847-1862 Benton County Recorder Film 989454
Title: Deeds, Index 1862-1868 Benton County Recorder Film 989455
Title: Deeds, Index 1868-1875 Benton County Recorder Film 989456
Title: Deeds, Index 1875-1884 Benton County Recorder Film 989457
Title: Deeds, Index 1884-1896 Benton County Recorder Film 989458
Title: Deeds, Index 1896-1902 Benton County Recorder Film 989459
Title: Deeds, 1847-1855 , v. A - D Benton County Recorder Film 989464
Title: Deeds, 1855-1856 , v. E - F Benton County Recorder Film 989465
Title: Deeds, 1856-1858 , v. G - H Benton County Recorder Film 989466
Title: Deeds, 1858-1859 , v. I Benton County Recorder Film 989467
Title: Deeds, 1859-1861 , v. J - K Benton County Recorder Film 989468
Title: Deeds, 1861-1864 , v. L - M Benton County Recorder Film 989469
Title: Deeds, 1864-1865 , v. N - O Benton County Recorder Film 989470
Title: Deeds, 1864-1866 , v. P - Q Benton County Recorder Film 989471
Title: Deeds, 1865-1866 , v. R - S Benton County Recorder Film 987612
Title: Deeds, 1866-1868 , v. T - U Benton County Recorder Film 987613
Title: Deeds, 1867-1868 , v. V - W Benton County Recorder Film 987614
Title: Deeds, 1868-1869 , v. X - Y Benton County Recorder Film 987615
Title: Deeds, 1868-1869 , v. Z Benton County Recorder Film 987616
Title: Deeds, 1869-1870 , v. 27 Benton County Recorder Film 987617
Title: Deeds, 1869-1871 , v. 28-29 Benton County Recorder Film 987618
Title: Deeds, 1870-1872 , v. 30-32 Benton County Recorder Film 987619
Title: Deeds, 1872-1873 , v. 33-34 Benton County Recorder Film 987620
Title: Deeds, 1873-1874 , v. 35-36 Benton County Recorder Film 987621
Title: Deeds, 1874-1876 , v. 37-38 Benton County Recorder Film 987622
Title: Deeds, 1875-1877 , v. 39-40 Benton County Recorder Film 987623
Title: Deeds, 1877-1878 , v. 41-42 Benton County Recorder Film 987624
Title: Deeds, 1878-1880 , v. 43-44 Benton County Recorder Film 987625
Title: Deeds, 1880-1881 , v. 45-46 Benton County Recorder Film 987626
Title: Deeds, 1881-1883 , v. 47-48 Benton County Recorder Film 987627
Title: Deeds, 1883-1885 , v. 49-50 Benton County Recorder Film 987628
Title: Deeds, 1883-1885 , v. 51 Benton County Recorder Film 987629
Title: Homestead record, 1860-1881 Benton County Recorder Film 987630 Item 2
Title: Mortgage Index 1858-1874 Benton County Recorder Film 989460
Title: Mortgage Index 1874-1883 Benton County Recorder Film 989461
Title: Mortgage Index 1883-1891 Benton County Recorder Film 989462
Title: Mortgage Index 1891-1901 Benton County Recorder Film 989463
Topic: Maps Author Film #
Title: Atlas of Benton County, Iowa : drawn from actual surveys and the county records to which is added a railroad map of the state of Iowa.
Note: Landowners are given on the township maps.
Published: Marshalltown, Iowa : Harrison & Warner, 1872. 57 p. Film 985416 Item 6.
Another copy:
Film 987657 Item 6
Title: Plat book of Benton County, Iowa
Published: Minneapolis : Warner & Foote, 1885. 52 p.
Warner, George E. (Author)
Foote, Charles M. (Added Author)
Film 985416 Item 7.
Another copy:
Film 987657 Item 7
Title: Map of Benton County, Iowa Chicago [Illinois] : Chas. Shober & Co., [19--?] Film 823579 Item 9
Topic: Naturalization and citizenship Author Film #
Title: 1862-1906 Naturalization Index Benton County District Court Film 1871618 Item 2
Title: 1860-1885 Naturalizations, v. 1-2 Benton County District Court Film 987642
Title: 1885-1902 Naturalizations, v. 3-5 Benton County District Court Film 987643 Items 1-2
Title: 1887-1905 Naturalization calendar, v. A Benton County District Court Film 1871616 Item 4
Title: 1906-1929 Declarations of intention, v. 1-2 Benton County District Court Film 1871616 Items 6-7
Title: 1904-1929 Certificates of naturalization Benton County District Court Film 1871618 Item 1
Title: 1903-1904 Minor's naturalization records Benton County District Court Film 1871616 Item 5
Title: 1906-1929 Petition and records, v. 1-3 Benton County District Court Film 1871617
Topic: Probate records Author Film #
Title: 1880-1941 General index probate A
Title: Probate index, before 1874
Benton County District Court Film 987635
Title: 1874-1884 Appearance docket, vol. 1-3 Benton County District Court Film 987636
Title: 1856-1910 Will records, vol. A-C Benton County District Court Film 987637
Topic: Schools Author Film #
Title: School records, 1876-1919 Maple Grove School District (Eden Township)
Includes treasurer's book.
Original manuscript Film 987655 Item 1
Title: School records, 1900-1909 Harrison Township School District no. 7 Original manuscript Film 987645 Item 1
Topic: Taxation Author Film #
Title: 1859 Tax list
Title: 1865 Tax list
Benton County Treasurer Film 987638
Title: 1875 Tax list Benton County Treasurer Film 987639
Title: 1875 Tax list Benton County Treasurer Film 987640
Title: 1890 Tax list Benton County Treasurer Film 987641
Topic: Voting registers Author Film #
Title: Election book, 1851-1866

Benton County Judge Film 987643 Item 3
Topic: Vital Records, Marriage Author Film #
Title: 1852-1910 Marriage license record index Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 987633
Title: 1910-1950 Marriage index Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871616 Item 2
Title: 1851-1863 Marriage records, v. 1
Title: 1862-1874 Marriage records, v. B-C
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871616 Item 3
Title: 1874-1879 Marriage records, v. D p. 001-465
Title: 1879-1881 Marriage records, v. D p. 464-end
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871430
Title: 1881-1893 Marriage records, v. E-F
Title: 1893-1905 Marriage records, v. G-H
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871431
Title: 1905-1906 Marriage records, v. I p. 001-145
Title: 1905-1910 Marriage records, v. I p. 145-end
Title: 1910-1914 Marriage records, v. J
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871432
Title: 1914 Marriage records, v. K p. 001-355
Title: 1914-1918 Marriage records, v. K p. 355-end
Title: 1918-1922 Marriage records, v. L
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871613
Title: 1922-1926 Marriage records, v. M p. 001-265
Title: 1922-1926 Marriage records, v. M p. 265-end
Title: 1926-1931 Marriage records, v. N
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871614
Title: 1931-1934 Marriage records, v. O p. 001-371 Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871615
Title: 1931-1936 Marriage records, v. O p. 371-end Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871616 Item 1
Title: 1880-1910 Register of marriages v. 1-2 Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 987634
Topic: Vital Records, Birth Author Film #
Title: 1880-1891 Register of births
Title: 1897-1908 Record of births v. 1A
Title: 1891-1898 Register of births v. 2
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 987631
Title: 1909-1917 Register of births v. 3 Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1870644 Item 1
Title: 1921-1937 Birth records Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871332 Item 2
Title: 1918-1921 Record of births v. 4
Title: 1921-1928 Record of births v. 5 p. 001-241 (A-S)
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1870644 Items 2-3
Title: 1921-1928 Record of births v. 5 p. 242-end (S-Z)
Title: 1926-1935 Record of births v. 6 (includes a few certificates 1937-1939)
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1870645 Item 1
Title: 1909-1918 Birth certificates (Adams, E. Violet - Zuelke, Ruth) Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871612
Title: 1922 Birth certificates (Adams, Oliver Lawrence - Z)
Title: 1923 Birth certificates (A - Park, James Fletcher)
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871192
Title: 1923 Birth certificates (Parmat, Robert Eugene - Z)
Title: 1924 Birth certificates (A - Z)
Title: 1925 Birth certificates (A - Bridge, Dorothy Ellen)
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871193
Title: 1925 Birth certificates (Bridge, Marjorie Illen - Z)
Title: 1926 Birth certificates (A - Nichols, Robert Frank)
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871194
Title: 1926 Birth certificates (Nichols, William LeRoy - Z)
Title: 1927 Birth certificates (A - Z)
Title: 1928 Birth certificates (A - Evans)
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871195
Title: 1928 Birth certificates (Fabor, Gordon Keith - Z)
Title: 1929 Birth certificates (A - Z)
Title: 1930 Birth certificates (A - Bakker, Cathalene Collen)
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871196
Title: 1930 Birth certificates (Balhorn, Lloyd Robert - Z)
Title: 1931 Birth certificates (A - Walker, Marvin George)
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871330
Title: 1931 Birth certificates (Walton, Joan - Z)
Title: 1932 Birth certificates (A - Z)
Title: 1933 Birth certificates (A - Thompson, Loren W.)
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871331
Title: 1933 Birth certificates (Thompson, Sidney Peck - Z)
Title: 1934 Birth certificates (A - Z)
Title: 1935 Birth certificates (A - Zempel, William Ray)
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871332 Item 1
Title: 1883-1924 Delayed birth records v. 1 Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1870645 Item 3
Topic: Vital Records, Death Author Film #
Title: 1880-1898 Register of deaths v. 1 Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 987632 Item 1
Title: 1897-1908 Record of deaths Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 987632 Item 2
Title: 1906-1921 Record of deaths (index at end of item 1)
Title: 1922-1935 Record of deaths v. 4
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871333 Items 1-2
Title: 1922 Death certificates Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871333 Item 3
Title: 1935 Death certificates Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871334 Item 1
Title: 1921-1938 Death records (various townships) Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871334 Item 2
Title: Scrapbook of miscellaneous vital records from newspaper clippings Benton & Linn counties, Iowa. With: Scrapbook of newspaper clippings / Rowena Estill Melton, Mattie Film 985741 Item 1
Topic: Vital records - Indexes Author Film #
Title: Benton County, Iowa marriages : grooms index, brides index.
Contents: vol. A. 8 Jan 1852-2 Sep 1862 -- vol. B and C. 4 Sep 1862-30 Oct 1874 -- vol. D and E. 19 Oct. 1874 - 3 Jan.1883. Note: Indexes are arranged in a grooms section and brides section, giving names of groom or bride, spouse, date of marriage, and volume & page number of original record.
Tama County Tracers Genealogical Society (Toledo, Iowa) Fiche 6004846 Fiche 1
Film 1416822 Items 11-12
Title: 1859-1935 Birth card file index (A - Cly, Mary Elizabeth) Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1870984
Title: 1859-1935 Birth card file index (Coak, Harold Dale - Grantham, Robert Don) Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1870985
Title: 1859-1935 Birth card file index (Granthan, Wayne - Kersten, Mable D.)
(film begins with Cleckner and Amanda Drews)
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1870986
Title: 1859-1935 Birth card file index (Kersten, Wendel Dean - McIntyre, James R.) Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1870987
Title: 1859-1935 Birth card file index (Houk, Charles Irvin - Sawyer, Carroll Don) Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1870988
Title: 1859-1935 Birth card file index (Sawyer, Clavin Pearl - Vandike, Jane) Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1870989
Title: 1859-1935 Birth card file index (Vandike, Lilly- Zunge, John)
(film begins with John Dean Thompson)
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1870990
Title: 1880-1935 Death card file index (Abbe, Albert - Ely, William)
(Buc - Cre filmed at end)
Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871334 Item 3
Title: 1880-1935 Death card file index (Burrows, John Henry - Junge, Hans) Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871335
Title: 1880-1935 Death card file index (Junge, Helen - Schultz, Albert) Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871424
Title: 1880-1935 Death card file index (Schultz, Dora Zeth - Zuber, William Emil) Benton County Clerk of Dist. Court Film 1871425




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