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Iowa State Vital Records

Iowa State Vital Records Office
Iowa Department of Public Health
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
(515) 281-4944
Records include birth, marriage, and death records since 1880, and divorce records since 1906.

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Iowa City, Iowa Semi-Centennial Directory, 1840-90

Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota, 1832-58

Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota, 1832-58

Iowa and Dakota Public Survey, 1859

Iowa Public Records and Other Record Preservation and Access Issues: Suggested Steps for Action

Waterloo, Iowa, 1919

FGS Conference Update from Davenport, Iowa

Waterloo, Iowa, 1919

Price Cemetery, Iowa Restoration Project

Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota Territories, 1832-58

FGS Conference 2001, Davenport, Iowa: A Success Story

Iowa-Nebraska Boundary, Near Omaha

Iowa Birth Records Bill Is Scrapped

Waterloo, Iowa, 1919


Iowa Marriages to 1850

Iowa Progressive Men

Iowa Census, 1838-70

Muscatine County, Iowa Civil War Soldiers

Jasper County, Iowa 1892 Farmers Directory

Iowa Union Soldier Burial Records

Augustin Ravoux, Minnesota and Iowa Reminiscences

Iowa Marriages, 1851-1900

Des Moines, Iowa Directory, 1889-91

Iowa Cemetery Records

Linn County, Iowa History, Volume II

Linn County, Iowa, History to 1878

Sioux City, Iowa Directories, 1889-90, 1892-93

Muscatine, Iowa Directory, 1891-93

Creston, Iowa Directory, 1889

Boone, Iowa Directory, 1885-86

Search Aids

Early Iowa, Arkansas, & Mississippi Settlers, 1700s-1800s Iowa, Georgia, South Carolina, 1641-1944 Marriage Index

Family History Centers

What is a Family History Center?
Family History Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
Centers provide access to many of the microfilms and microfiche in the Family History Library to help you identify your ancestors.

Location and Hours
There are more than 3,400 centers worldwide. To find a Family History Center near you, see the list of addresses below.
Before you visit, you should contact the center to verify when it is open.

Staff members will show you around the center, answer some research questions (research expertise in each center varies), help you use center resources, and order microfilms and microfiche from the Family History Library.
Many centers offer classes on different genealogical research topics.

Most centers have a computer with FamilySearch, which helps you search for information about your ancestors. FamilySearch includes Family History Library Catalog, International Genealogical Index, Ancestral File, Social Security Death Index, Scottish Church Records and the United States Military Index
Most also have Personal Ancestral File, a computer program that allows you to organize your family history information.
Most centers also have a variety of resource files, microfilms, microfiche and published material such as genealogies, histories, gazetteers, atlases and maps at your disposal.

Family History Centers Near You

Other Resources

Information about state archives and libraries:

Write to:
State Historical Society of Iowa Library and Iowa State Archives
Capitol Complex
Des Moines, IA 50319
Records include vital records, church records, court records, colonial petitions and correspondences, state census records, military records, newspapers, tax records, cemetery records, probate records, maps, and federal census records from 1790-1910.

Information about state genealogical societies:

Write to:
Iowa Genealogical Society (IGS)
6000 Douglas
P.O. Box 7735
Des Moines, IA 50322-7735
Telephone: (515) 276-0287
Hours: Hours: Monday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00-4:00, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:00-9:00, closed Sunday
Publications: Hawkeye Heritage, Iowa Genealogical Society Newsletter


See also: Iowa Genealogy at Live Roots, and Original Iowa Documents


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