Tama County Tracers Genealogical Society
Tama County Historical Society

This page is obsolete, because the Historical Society has a new webpage! I will leave this page here in case anyone has links to it. However, the link on the main page no nonger points to this page.

The Tracers and the Historical Society are not associated with IAGenWeb. We list them here because they are a valuable resource for our researchers. They don't have a webpage.

The Tama County Tracers Genealogical Society was organized in November 1976 and is a chapter of the Iowa State Genealogical Society. The local Society holds a monthly meeting the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM at the Museum. The Society members strive to learn about and preserve the history of Tama County and surrounding areas for current and future patrons. The members copy and index and make available many local records and old newspapers. They also publish a quarterly newsletter which is very informative and includes reports of their current projects and findings, including the graves registration project.

The current collection includes:

  • Newspaper Collection
    1. Toledo Chronicle from 1874 to present
    2. Tama News Herald
  • Manuscript Collection
    1. Personal papers and records of organizatoins
    2. School records
    3. Business records
    4. Diaries
    5. Letters
    6. Account books
    7. Unpublished materials
  • Genealogy Collection
    1. County Histories of all Iowa Counties
    2. Centennial Publications
    3. Telephone Directories
    4. Census information
    5. Cemetery Records
    6. Atlases
    7. Plat V Books
    8. Local Obituary Index from 1874 to 1972
  • Census

    1. 1880 and 1900 census soundex
    2. State Census 1856, 1885, 1895, 1915, 1925
    3. accelerated Census index for some years
    4. 1850 Census of Ohio
  • County Records
    1. 85 rolls of microfilms of early Tama County vital records.
    2. Mortuary records
    3. Military Records
    4. Land, Probate and Tax Records of Tama County

  • to New York 1820-1897
  • to Baltimore 1820-1897 (soundex)
  • New Orleans prior to 1900
  • 41 Volumes of Germans to America (1850 forward)
  • Immigrants Bound from Bremen to New York 1847-1871
  • 5 volumes of Wuerttemburg Immigration Index
  • 5 volumes of Czech Immigration Passenger Lists
  • Records of CD Rom
    1. Early marriage records of many eastern States
    2. 1860 census for 11 Eastern States
    3. 1880 census for Chicago and Cook County, Ill
    4. Social Security Death Index for US
Recent Acquisitions
  • Iowa County Marriage Register 1847-1910 - 6 microfilms with index
  • Linn County Marriage Register 1840-1917 - 7 microfilm with index
  • Marshall Co. Iowa Marriage Register 1850-1909 - 4 microfilm rolls with index
  • New Orleans Ships Passenger Lists 2 Nov 1841 - Dec 1845
  • New York Passenger List index 1902-1943
  • Salt Creek Township - Tama County - School Records
  • Miscellaneous Other records
Tama County Historical Society
Latest Project
Tama County has undertaken a grave registration project of all Civil, 1812, Blackhawk, Mexican and Spanish-American War veterans. Although some were not buried in Tama County, they have been included as Tama boys and sons. The Tama Historical Society can be contacted for further information. Includes name, regiment, age, date and place of enlistment, date of place of discharge, death date, rank, next of kin listed, cemetery and location of burial.
Pioneer Cemeteries
Tama County Historical Society is currently organized to locate, identify and repair pioneer cemetries. These are cemeteries which have had less than 6 burials in the last 50 years. Tama County has approximately 27 pioneer cemeteries. Contact the Historical Society for more information.

For further information, please contact: (Please note: they do charge a fee of $10 for a search and will bill you accordingly. These funds help support the Historical Society and help to acquire new books and microfilms.)

Tama County Historical Society
200 N. Broadway
Toledo, IA 52342


Updated 16 Nov 2019 by the Tama County Coordinator.

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