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This site and its content are here for your researching pleasure. Your assistance is needed. Please email me with your county info and/or pictures. Thanks for your contribution! Linda Ziemann, County Coordinator

Connie Swearingen, Assist. Coordinator

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Monona County Volunteer Roll of Honor

Don't miss the above page link dedicated to all the county submitters. HUGE THANKS!

Researcher Comments

"I, so appreciate this website--great work!" ~DB

"Thank you for doing such a thorough job on the Monona County GENWEB page." ~ER

"You are really doing a great job with Monona County, all the way around!!  Thanks." ~RP

"I love reading the stories and the pictures of Monona County on this website and am excited you are putting the history on the website. I think my Grandma Alice would be smiling from ear to ear. Thank you, I really appreciate it. Wow! It looks fantastic!" ~KLH

"Thank you - It looks wonderful! My heart is singing! Thank you for all you do. ~Kim~


Created in 1851 and organized in 1854
Parent County:
Pottawattamie and unorganized (Dallas/Mahaska/ Monroe/Polk)
County Seat: Onawa

~Browse the history links below:

1865 Iowa State Gazetteer

Monona County Courthouse



Mapleton Press -- digitized newspaper site

Onawa -- digitized newspaper site


Iowa In WWII special project

EXAMPLE of a serviceman story:

James Heywood, CFC, of Smithland, and member of the U. S. Navy has been awarded the Purple Heart.  He was at home recently and made no mention of the award to anyone. He left the decoration with an uncle to be given to his mother on Christmas day. ~Smithland News.
Source: The Mapleton Press, January 6, 1944


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Biographies from the "History of Western Iowa - 1882" **Transcription by Eric & Marcia Driggs-Use your back key to return to this main page from the transcription page.

Birth Notices **Accounts from local newspapers -- Birth announcements & Family birth data


County Church History Index

County History News Snippets **Accounts from local newspapers

Deaths 1880 - 1900, A to D only

Divorce Records 1935

Early Monona County Directory - 1867

Early Monona Co. Board of Supervisors 1864

Early Monona Co. Farmers 1878

Early Monona County Officials

Family / Pioneer Stories -- Feel free to submit your family bios & stories.

Iowa Official Register - Monona Co. 1887-1897

Iowa State Gazetter & Business Directory 1912-1913

Iowa State 1854 Census

Iowa State 1895 Census

 Iowa Veterans Cemetery -- Monona County Burials
* * * located at Van Meter, IA — in Dallas County.

Marriages 1856-1880

***Seeking Wedding Photos and/or Marriage license scanned images--Accepting jpg images for early Monona Co. marriages up to and including 1955.** Marriages continue to be added to these pages--Thanks for your submissions!

Marriages - County Data Indexed Groom's Last Name ** 1881-1955 **

Military --*Need your help*

Spanish-American War
Korean War
Vietnam War

Monona County Honored Men & Women

Monona County Museums

Moorhead IA Cultural Center *Don't Miss these pages of County Historical Archives*

Mystery Photo Gallery -- *Help ID County Photos*

Newspaper Ancestor Mention - Year 1900 *Shared by local researcher, Mike Swenson*

Photo Gallery (Family Photos & includes School Photos) --- Baby Photos

Photo Gallery of Partially Identified Photos

Resource Directory

Schools "Rural" Photos & History of Monona County **Please help by sending your info**

School "Town" Photos & History of Monona County

Surnames & Researcher Names

Towns & Townships***Check out the Photo Documentary Old Buildings project at this link. Please share if you can. Thanks so much!

Volunteer Look-ups

***Check out our County Volunteers!


History Of Western Iowa: Its Settlement And Growth--Monona Co.





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Feel free to post & share any obits, docs or bios. You can also share pictures to post with these items. After you submit your item, send to me the JPG image in an email. I will do the rest by entering the picture onto the appropriate submitted item. Email the county coordinator, Linda Ziemann

** Only Birth data from 1920 or earlier is accepted. **Also see the "Birth Notices" catagory, top left side of this page.

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