Visitor Information: You are on the path to discovering ALL available Madison County
vital records directly related to genealogy -
births, marriages, deaths and burials. The one
exception, due to a concern for privacy, is that births and marriages
only older than 100 years
old are included, and are updated annually.
SITE MENU to the left will lead you to an abundance
of genealogical records. The most popular
links are BIRTH RECORDS, CEMETERIES (over 30,200
burials), MARRIAGE RECORDS, and OBITUARY INDEX
Also spend time in
CENSUS RECORDS, starting with the
extremely helpful Composite
It is the key to transcriptions of the Federal
Census from 1850 through 1930 and the Iowa State
Census from 1849 through 1895, plus the
informative 1925 census.
Then check out all the
other links in the menu and throughout this page
to round out your family’s Madison County
are two other helpful hints.
the yellow SEARCH THIS SITE box in the upper right to find references to a name,
surname, place, etc. located anywhere across this
- Click on MADISON COUNTY FAMILY TREE icon
in the upper left
where 99,400+ individuals
are grouped with their Madison County families.
Updates: The County Coordinator, along
with several members of the Madison County Genealogical
Society, is working daily on obituaries, cemetery
records, marriage records, birth records, gravestone
photos, newspaper gleanings, the Madison County Family
Tree, and other research
pertaining to Madison County. If you visited this
website before and didn't find your relative's
information, we urge you to look each
time you visit here. In the period from
Apr 2022 thru Sep 2022, here is a sample of what has been added:
- Obituaries - 333 new/alternate,
both recent and those found from previous years.
- Births - 360 births took
place in Madison County in 1921.
- 87 marriages took place in Madison County in 1921.
- Cemetery burials
- Reflecting the most recent interments.
- Family Tree - Constant
growth with new leaves and whole branches
Below is detailed
information on additions between October
2021 and September 2022.
War Gravestone Project: The Madison County
IAGenWeb team and Madison County Genealogy Society
volunteers have initiated a project to procure Veterans
Administration issued gravestones for Civil War soldiers
currently lying in unmarked graves in Madison County
cemeteries. Kent Transier initiated the project and
researched the 1930+ soldiers who had lived in Madison
County to yield a list of 35 potential candidates.
Colleen Peterson volunteered to do detailed research of
the candidates, generate and submit the VA gravestone
applications, and communicate with cemetery boards and
township trustees for permission to place the stones.
Colleen also coordinated the volunteers to install the
stones and invited descendants, if known. Photographs of
the gravestones already placed can be seen here.
07 Oct 2022)
Census Tools: To
take advantage of the April 1, 2022 release of the 1950
census, we have added National Archive maps of the
enumeration districts for the county and Winterset, our
county seat. Until searchable indexes have been
maps will help narrow your browsing. (Posted
01 Mar 2022)
Madison County Births: The complete set of
Madison County births for calendar year 1921, comprised
of 360 records, have
been posted to our birth pages as of April 10, 2021. To
see the list of 1921 births, click here.
To see them integrated with all births, select BIRTH
RECORDS on the left. (Posted
31 Mar 2022)
Birth Records: As a part of routine
maintenance of the website as well as special projects,
we may run across Madison County births not found in the
official birth records that either haven't been included
or for which additional information has been uncovered. They may come from other
county's state census records, marriage records,
obituaries, death records,
Social Security Applications or Draft Registrations.
These random records or record changes are accumulated and posted to the
website every 6 months. Birth records accumulated in the
6 months ending 30 Sep 2022 have been integrated into
our Birth records and also posted
as a separate
list. (Posted 30 Sep
Madison County Marriages: The complete set of
Madison County marriages for calendar year 1921, comprised
of 181 records, have
been posted to our MARRIAGE
RECORDS as of September 30, 2022.
see the list of 1921 marriages, click
To see them integrated with all marriages, select
MARRIAGE RECORDS on the left. (Posted 30 Sep
County Hall of Fame: This is a new web page
listing people who were either born in Madison County
and/or lived there during their formative years and went
on to achieve national significance. This is a work in
progress and more names will be added. You can access it
at the Hall of Fame link on the left or here.
(Posted 01 Oct
Most of the older obituaries currently on line came from a
collection of clippings from the Winterset Madisonian
held by the Winterset Library. With the recent
availability of all Madison County newspapers on line,
we have initiated a project to glean the Winterset News
(1873-1945) of obituaries not found in the Madisonian as well as
obituaries with significantly new information. The
former are being posted as new obituaries and the latter
are being appended to the existing obituaries. As of Sep
30, 2022, forty-six years of The Winterset News
have been gleaned from 1886 thru 1914 and 1917 through
1933. In the 6 months ending on 30 Sep 2022, 154 new
obituaries have been posted from this project. (Posted
Photos: We were fortunate to receive a collection of
photos from the Ochiltree Funeral Home (now Caldwell
Parrish) in Winterset. On November 29, 2022, we completed appending
these photos to our
obituary postings which included years 1997 through
2019. (Posted 29 Nov
Photos: Nearly 30,400 gravestones in Madison County's
55 cemeteries have been photographed and posted at the Iowa Gravestones Project.
This is a continuous effort as there are new
burials, repaired gravestones, or stones placed on
existing graves. In the period 01
Apr 2022 to 30 Sep 2022, 263 gravestones have been
posted with attention particularly given to Ebenezer,
Farris, Moon, Pleasant View, St. Patrick's, Union Chapel
South, and St. Charles cemeteries. A list of
the new postings can be seen in
a separately compiled list
of new Gravestone Photo postings.
(Posted 30 Sep
County Family Tree: Our online tree holds
over 99,400 individuals who have a direct
connection to Madison County (without ancestors and
descendants who do not). Continual updates are made from
various sources, such as additions to this website,
vital records encountered in our research, and incoming
obituaries. When first generated, the tree had few
sources. For the past five years, we have been entering
sources for all new entries and as we have occasion to
work with older entries, adding sources for them as
well. (Posted 30 Sep
Contributors: Maintenance and
improvement of this website would be impossible without
the continued support of volunteer contributors.
thanks go to Pat Hochstetler and Shirley
Keating who have worked tirelessly
in transcribing new obituaries weekly along with older obituaries
as they are found.
variety of local genealogists, led by Pat
their time in cemeteries to gather data and
to add photos for the Iowa
Gravestones Project for Madison County. Pat
then updates both row-by-row and alphabetical
listing documents, which
are available at the Winterset Public Library.
- Kent Transier,
although retired from active County Coordinator
duties, continues to contribute to the website in
various ways that add additional information in
several categories or connect information within the