Tag Archives: Iowa Vital Records

The mystery of the missing county vital records

This is an update on an earlier post about the State-Level Death records that are available at the State Historical Society in Des Moines. The State Historical Society of Iowa has been slowly adding counties to the index for those … Continue reading

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Bridging the Gap: State-Recorded Iowa Death Records

As genealogists with 20th century Iowa relatives know, Iowa law did not require births, marriages and deaths to be recorded at the county level between 1920 and 1941.  These records were sent directly to the State. Although many clerks did … Continue reading

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A Public Service Announcement: Iowa Vital Records, 1920-1941

From the early 1920s to the early 1940s, many were born, got married, or died in every county in Iowa. Unfortunately, the county courthouses—and the public libraries, like ours, that archive microfilmed copies of county documents– won’t have many records of … Continue reading

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