TAMA COUNTY COURTHOUSE
100 West High Street PO Box 306
Toledo, IA 52342
Phone: (641) 484-2740
Web site: http://www.tamacounty.org/
Web site: http://www.tamacounty.org/recorder.html
Births, Marriages, and Deaths are located in the County Recorder's Office in the Tama County Courthouse in Toledo, IA. The County Recorders' staff are very busy but are willing to
allow people to do personal research on their own. The records are all well indexed. Births - Begin in 1880
First Recorded - Robert Ray Robinson Jul 17, 1880
Adoption Records are NOT AVAILABLE for they are sealed by law
Deaths - Begin in 1880
(County Historical Society has Obit and cemetery Index from 1874 to present)
Marriages - Begin in 1850
First recorded - Miron Blodget & Sarah Cronk - 14 Aug 1853
are also located in the Tama County Recorder's Office and are easily indexed. They also have in the Tama County Courthouse the first book of Benton County Deeds, in perfect condition and indexed. However, remember that it is very likely that Tama County was created from Benton County and the records were never moved to the Benton County Courthouse and were simply left there. Be certain to check Benton county also for early marriages and probate records. The County Recorder also has cemetery plot deed records, city and town lot deed, soldier's discharge records and the original homestead book. Again, this is probably for Benton County as well.
BOOK OF ORIGINAL LAND GRANTS
This book records transactions where the U.S. Government (agents) was the Grantor. Some early settlers walked into the Land Office and made a purchase. For others, they were given a tract of land in payment for their service in the United States Armed Forces.
These Land Grants transactions are indexed by location ie. Range and Township.
These records may be found on-line by going to The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at
COUNTY CLERK OFFICE
Probate records begin in 1850. They are also indexed. They include guardianship records, wills and estate proceedings.
The Clerks' office also holds divorce proceedings and naturalization records.
COUNTY AUDITOR OFFICE
Tax Records are found in the auditor's office and date back to 1848. They are very helpful in making their records available. They also have plat maps.