Iowa Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Iowa Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Iowa, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Deaths and Burials Index
Collection years 1850-1990
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What is in This Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1850 to 1990. 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?

Deaths and burials may contain:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Age
  • Estimated date of birth and place
  • Race
  • Marital status
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' birth places

Collection Content

An example of an indexed record:

Sadie W. Smith Iowa Deaths and Burials
Name Sadie W. Smith
Gender Female
Burial Date 25 Aug 1910
Burial Place Lorimor, Iowa
Death Date 24 Aug 1910
Death Place Lorimor, Union, Iowa
Age 31
Birth Date 07 Sep 1878
Birthplace Des Moines, Iowa
Occupation Housekeeper
Marital Status Married
Father's Name B.O. Wicks

Coverage Table and Map

A coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article Iowa Deaths and Burials, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Iowa death records, click here.

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
  • The date and place of death

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the 1674841 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?

  • Search for the death record
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to determine an approximate birth date to find other vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage
  • 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
  • Search for an obituary or cemetery record

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
  • Consult the Iowa Record Finder Table to find other records

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 Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990." Database. FamilySearc. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation:
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