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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Record Description
Record Type Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1830-1950
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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:

  • 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 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

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. 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. : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation:
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