Birth Records

    In 1880, Iowa established the Department of Public Health and instituted a dual system for recording vital records at the county and state levels. As a convenience to researchers, the State Historical Society of Iowa provides access to vital records recorded by the counties on microfilm but each county continues to be the custodian of these records.

    Access to birth records that contain a fetal death or that are less than 75 years old are not available from the State Historical Society of Iowa. Contact the Iowa Department of Public Health for more information.

    Records Available

    Record Source

    Dates

    Iowa, County Birth Records

    County Records Microfilm at Research Center

    Varies, View Date Index

    Iowa, State Birth Records

    State Records Archive at Research Center
    Inventory available on request

    1880-1940

    Iowa, Delayed Birth Records

    State Records Archive at Research Center
    Inventory available on request

    1852-1940

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    Marriage Records

    Marriages were recorded in Iowa counties as early as 1835. In 1880, the Iowa established the Department of Public Health and instituted a dual system for recording at the county and state levels. As a convenience to researchers, the State Historical Society of Iowa provides access to vital records recorded by the counties on microfilm, however, each county continues to be the custodian of these records.

    Records Available

    Record Source

    Dates

    Iowa, County Marriages

    County Records Microfilm at Research Center

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    Iowa, County Marriages Index

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    1838-1934

    Iowa, Marriage Records

    Ancestry.com
    Free use at Research Center

    1923-1937

    Iowa, State Marriage Records

    State Records Archive at Research Center

    1880-1937

    Iowa, State Divorce Records

    State Records Archive at Research Center

    1906-1940

    Death Records

    In 1880, Iowa established the Department of Public Health and instituted a dual system for recording vital records at the county and state levels. As a convenience to researchers, the State Historical Society of Iowa provides access to vital records recorded by the counties on microfilm, however, each county continues to be the custodian of these records.

    Access to death records that contain fetal deaths or are less than 75 years old are not available from the State Historical Society of Iowa. Contact the Iowa Department of Public Health for more information.

    Records Available

    Record Source

    Dates

    Iowa, County Death Records

    County Records Microfilm at Research Center

    Varies, View Date Index

    Iowa, State Death Records

    State Records Archive at Research Center

    Varies, 1917-1939

    Iowa, State Death Records Index

    State Records Archive
    Online Indexes Below

    Varies, 1917-1939

    Iowa, State Death Records

    Iowa Department of Public Health at Research Center

    1904-1916

    State Records Archive Indexes

    Uncertified copies of death records 75 years and older that appear in the State Records Archive Index are available from the State Historical Society of Iowa by submitting a Copy Request Form.

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