Iowa Divorce Records

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Divorce records have been kept since about 1834, when the first Iowa county was formed. They may provide: a person’s age, the divorce date, maiden name of wife, marriage date and place, occupation, childrens’ names, names of other family members, and places the family lived. Early divorce proceedings are in the district court of each county, and beginning in 1906, transcribed copies of divorce records were sent to the state.

The Family History Library has copies of the following divorce records:

  • Prior to 1906 (a few counties)
  • 1906–mid 1900s (many counties)

In the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog, divorce records are listed under:

IOWA, [COUNTY] - DIVORCE RECORDS