Iowa, County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992 .
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Iowa, United States
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Location of Iowa
Record Description
Record Type Death Records
Collection years 1880-1992
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes records from 1880-1992. The collection contains indexes, death records, certificates, registers, etc. for 98 of the 99 counties.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The information in the records may include any of the following:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Marital status
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Age at death
  • Occupation
  • Date of death
  • Time of death
  • Place of death
  • Address of the deceased
  • Parents’ names
  • Places of birth of the parents
  • Date of burial
  • Place of burial
  • Cause of death
  • Name and address of the informant


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How Do I Search the Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person
  • The type of event
  • The date the event occurred

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How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to determine an approximate birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • [IowaChurch Records| Church Records]] were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.

Citing this Collection

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Collection Citation
“Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992.” Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing offices of county clerk from various counties.
Record Citation:
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