Iowa Cemeteries

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Cemetery tombstones, or sexton's records, may give birth and death dates, age at death, name of spouse, names of children, and maiden names. Less often, they contain birth places. Tombstones may have symbols or insignias indicating military service and social or religious affiliations. There are also abbreviations that gives clues when deciphered. Also family members may be buried in the same plot or nearby. The Association of Gravestone Studies (AGS) has recommendations on the treatment and care of tombstones when needing to make inscriptions more visible. There are several major collections of Iowa cemetery records created by various organizations that transcribed tombstones and sexton’s records. Not all cemetery records are computerized and the records may be recorded on "lot" cards.

For further reading on researching cemeteries see Genealogical Research in Cemeteries.

Search each collection because no collection includes all the cemeteries, although there maybe some duplication. Some of the collections include the following:

  • For Iowa soldiers who died in other states. [4]

Cemetery Locations

Thousands of cemetery locations can be found at Iowa: Cemetery Locations.

A project to locate all cemeteries in Iowa is published in Iowa Cemetery Locations. [5] Each volume of this series covers one region and includes county maps showing cemetery locations. Many of the cemetery records listed have been published by the Iowa Genealogical Society and are available at the Family History Library Catalog. Many cemetery records are published in periodicals. See the Iowa Periodicals for indexes to major periodicals.

Use the Keyword Search feature on catalog drop down menu of the Family History Library Catalog to find more records under:


Web Sites for Transcribed Cemeteries

Sources and Footnotes

  1. Iowa Cemetery and Grave Registration Project of the W.P.A. and D.A.R. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978. (On 21 Family History Library films beginning with 1022211)
  2. Iowa Genealogical Data. vols. 1–24, 41–62. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1971. (On 10 Family History Library films beginning with 851208 item 8)
  3. Iowa Grave Records and Genealogical Data, 1800–1900. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978. (On 4 Family History Library films beginning with 1023114 item 11)
  4. Iowa. War Records Survey. Graves Registration Division. Iowa Veterans Buried Out of State. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978. (On 10 Family History Library films beginning with 1023908)
  5. Iowa Cemetery Locations: Regions 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 1, 2, and 5. 8 vols. Des Moines, Iowa: Iowa Genealogical Society, 1990. (Family History Library book 977.7 V3i)