Iowa Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Iowa, United States
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Location of Iowa
Record Description
Record Type Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1830-1950
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites


What is in the 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:

  • Name
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Names of parents

Some records may contain the following:

  • Gender
  • Christening date
  • Race
  • Parents' age

Collection Content

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
Gender Male
Christening Place Union, Iowa
Birth Date 29 Sep 1885
Birthplace Creston, Union Co., Iowa
Race White
Father's Name Cecil C. Smith
Father's Age 29
Mother's Name Addie M. Brenenstall
Mother's Age 18

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The name of a parent or date of the event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the 1674820 Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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.

For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who 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 find other church and vital records such as baptism, marriage, and death 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. Witnesses were usually family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • 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 Births and Christenings, 1830-1950." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Iowa Births and Christenings, 1830-1950.


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