Lookup Public Records in Polk CountyIowa. Including Vital Birth and Death Records, Deeds, Probate, Property Records, Mortgages, Liens, Judgments, Marriage Licenses, Voter Registrar, Payroll, Military Discharges.

Polk County, Iowa

Polk County is located in the state of Iowa. The county was formed on January 13, 1846, and named after President James K. Polk. The county seat is Des Moines, which is also the capital city of Iowa. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a population of approximately 430,640 people, making it the most populous county in Iowa. It covers a total area of 592 square miles, of which 18 square miles is water and 574 square miles is land. Polk County borders the following counties: Boone County to the northwest, Story County to the north, Jasper County to the east, Marion County to the southeast, Warren County to the south, Madison County to the southwest, and Dallas County to the west.

The Polk County Recorder’s Office contains valuable information concerning the county residents’ families, homes and recreation. The office is responsible for maintaining all real estate documents and provides retrieval of these records for the public and businesses. Other records maintained by the recorder’s office include deeds, contracts, mortgages, assignments, releases, plats, surveys, state & federal tax liens, trade names, vital records (birth, death, and marriage records), and military records. It is important to note that the recorder’s office does not maintain divorce records; they are handled by the Clerk of Court.

Records maintained by the recorder’s office can be obtained by doing a background check online or by visiting the recorder’s office in person during office hours. To do a public records search online, you will have to visit the Polk County Recorder Website. The recorder’s office has the following data available for the public online:

  • Search Index Records: 1992 – present
  • View/Print Documents: 1/1/1992 – present
  • No vital record or military information is available online.

When obtaining records in person, you will be required to submit a completed Records Request Form to the recorder’s office at Polk County Administrative Building, 111 Court Avenue, Suite 250, Des Moines, Iowa 50309-2251.

Polk, IA Genealogy and Ancestry Records
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, USA Counties Data File Downloads
Total Ancestries Reported 2005-2009500,660
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - United States or American - 2005-200919,853
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Arab - 2005-2009960
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - British - 2005-20091,448
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Czech - 2005-20094,728
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Danish - 2005-20096,671
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Dutch - 2005-200919,360
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - English - 2005-200945,982
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - European - 2005-20095,299
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French (except Basque) - 2005-200910,884
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French Canadian - 2005-20091,082
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - German - 2005-2009129,760
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Greek - 2005-20091,215
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Hungarian - 2005-2009595
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Irish - 2005-200966,041
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Italian - 2005-200917,778
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Lithuanian - 2005-2009677
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Norwegian - 2005-200921,882
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Polish - 2005-20096,014
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Portuguese - 2005-2009365
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Russian - 2005-20091,863
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scotch-Irish - 2005-20096,923
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scottish - 2005-20097,785
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Slovak - 2005-2009416
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Subsaharan African - 2005-20092,940
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swedish - 2005-200914,571
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swiss - 2005-20091,469
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Ukrainian - 2005-2009508
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Welsh - 2005-20094,219
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) - 2005-2009407
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Other Groups - 2005-200985,038

Polk County Recorder’s Office

Address: 111 Court Ave #250, Des Moines, IA 50309, United States
Phone: 515-286-3160

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