Iowa Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Iowa Births and Christenings, 1830-1950 .
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|Iowa, United States|
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|Location of Iowa|
|Record Type||Births and Christenings Index|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This index is an electronic index for the years 1830 to 1950. This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.
What Can These Records Tell Me?
Most records in this collection include the following information:
- Birth date
- Birth place
- Names of parents
Some records may contain the following:
- Christening date
- Parents' age
Coverage Table and Map
A coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article Iowa Births and Christenings, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Iowa birth records, click here.
Examples of indexed records:
|Charles Lefever Smith|
|Name||Charles Lefever Smith|
|Christening Date||27 Aug 1883|
|Christening Place||Imogene Reformed Church, Fremont, Iowa|
|Birth Date||Apr 1878|
|Father's Name||Julius F. Smith|
|Mother's Name||Lizzie V.|
|Ralph B. Smith||Iowa Births and Christenings|
|Name||Ralph B. Smith|
|Christening Place||Union, Iowa|
|Birth Date||29 Sep 1885|
|Birthplace||Creston, Union Co., Iowa|
|Father's Name||Cecil C. Smith|
|Mother's Name||Addie M. Brenenstall|
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the person
- The name of the parents or date of the event
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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. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use the age or estimated birth date to find other vital records such as baptism, marriage, and death
- 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 census records
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
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
"Iowa Births and Christenings, 1830-1950." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.
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