Visitors...Read This First:
This website is unusual in
of the 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.
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. In that regard,
1915 births and 1915 marriages have recently been posted (see
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. We have attempted
to post every obituary (over 31,000 on line)
and have a continuing project to make the
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
Updates: The County Coordinators, 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 50 to 100 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. 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 Apr 2016 thru
Sep 2016, we have posted 709 new obituaries and added
alternate obituaries to about 75 already on line. New
birth records added in this period through research
(exclusive of the 1915 births) number 132. In addition,
378 marriage transcriptions between 01 Mar 1876 and 07
Sep 1878 were reviewed, verified and/or corrected.
During the marriage reviews, each married couple and
their offspring received extensive updating in the
Madison County Family Tree resulting in 1368 additional
people listed. Finally, cemetery
records were updated to reflect burials within the past
6 months. Listed
below are some of the highlights of What's New in the
Marriage Documents - Samples of
Madison County marriage documents from the 1880s,
dating as far back as 1866, were posted on 23 Jan 2017.
to view them.
Records Completed - Started in October 2015,
the Guardianship Records for Madison County have now
been completed. All remaining records were posted as of
02 Jan 2017.
Madison County Births - The complete set of
Madison County births for calendar year 1915, comprised
of 300 records, have
been posted to our birth pages as of October 1, 2016. Select "Birth
Records" on the left to access the new data.
Obituaries: On 13 Aug 2016, the
thirty-one-thousandth obituary was posted to our Obituary
Board. Thanks go to Mary Hart, Pat Hochstetler, Shirley
Keating and Ida Morse, who were instrumental in
achieving this milestone. Special recognition goes to
Pat Hochstetler who is our leading contributor, responsible
for 10,138 of the postings as well as numerous
"alternate obits" that are appended to earlier
postings and don't show in the totals.
Cemetery History - As of 28 Jul 2016, an
updated and more complete history of the Worthington
Cemetery has been added to our cemetery history pages
and can be viewed here.
Thanks go to Linda Griffith Smith for transcribing and
editing the document.
County Settlement - Read about what
the country was like when the first settlers moved to
Madison County in 1846. George Guye, among the first
four families to move to Madison County from Missouri,
gave an interview to The Winterset News in 1915,
reminiscing about his earliest days here. The article is
located in Documents.
& 1915 Madison County Marriages - The complete sets of
Madison County marriages for calendar years 1914 and
been posted to our marriage pages as of April 01, 2016. Select "Marriage
Records" on the left to access the new data. Thanks
go to Judy Wight Branson for transcribing and compiling
- 1910 Winterset Reporter Marriage Articles Posted
- As of April 01, 2016, descriptions of marriages as
they appeared in The Winterset Reporter have been
posted and linked to their respective marriage records.
Complete sets of records for calendar years 1908, 1909,
and 1910 are now on line. Posted marriage descriptions
can be viewed by clicking on the respective marriage
date. Special thanks go to Pat Hochstetler for gleaning
these records from the newspaper.
Madison County Newspapers Are
Now On Line From 1871 to 2003 - The
Winterset Library has announced the availability of a
new online historical research tool free for anyone who
has access to the Internet. The newspaper digitization
project was funded with grants from the Madison County
Historical Society, Madison County Genealogical Society,
and a family foundation. Point your browser to http://winterset.advantage-preservation.com
or click on "NEWSPAPERS" on the left side of
this page and you will discover the digitized version of
The Winterset Madisonian and all its title
variations from 1871-2003, and also the various years of
The Winterset News, The Winterset Reporter, The
Winterset Review, The Madison County Reporter, and
all their title variations.
War Soldiers - In conjunction with the 150th
anniversary of the Civil War, an organization (Civil War
150) was formed in Winterset to identify all Civil War
soldiers who were born, lived, and/or died in Madison
County. The County Coordinators are also uncovering
soldiers by way of our research of Madison County
marriages and an analysis of county censuses. Through our combined efforts, more than
300 soldiers have been added to our Civil
War List since October 2013. Special
thanks go to JoAnne Walker who has done much of the
research and coordinated between Civil War 150 and our
website. The Civil War 150 Project is now complete but we
continue to find and add soldiers to our Civil War List.
Between Apr 2016 and Oct 2016, 44 new soldiers have been
added. As of Oct 1, 2016, 1845 Civil War soldiers have
been identified and posted.
County Family Tree: Have you ever wondered
how all these people listed in the births, deaths, and
marriages are interrelated? To answer that question, the
County Coordinators have developed a "Madison
County Family Tree", currently including 86,139
names of people who were born, lived, married,
and/or died in Madison County. Information is being
added to the family tree daily and 1368 names have been added to the tree between
Apr 2016 and Oct 2016. Click on the Madison County
Family Tree icon to the left.
The Iowa Gravestones Project
headstone photos for
Madison County cemeteries as of 01 Oct 2016.
This is an increase of 203 for the past 6 months. This project is now complete except that it is on-going
for new burials and will be updated anytime that
previously lost/buried gravestones are discovered.