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Iowa Vital Records
Iowa is one of the few states, aside from New England, to successfully implement vital records registration prior to the 20th century. For birth and marriage records after 1 July 1880, and death records after 1891, write:

Iowa Department of Public Health
Vital Records Bureau
Lucas State Office Bldg, 4th Floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
For earlier records, write: to the clerk of the county in question.

Iowa Department of Health - Vital Records

Iowa Research Sources

Morford, Charles. Biographical Index to the County Histories of Iowa. Vol. 1. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1979. (Provides surname indexes to numerous county histories.)

Eckhardt, Patricia, comp. Historical Organizations in Iowa, Iowa History Sources No. 2. Iowa City: Iowa Historical Department, Division of the State Historical Society, 1982.

Iowa Genealogical Society. Surname Index. 5 vols. Des Moines: Iowa Genealogical Society, 1972—90. (Includes a total of 149,000 surnames being researched by society members.)

State Historical Society of Iowa
600 East Locust
Des Moines, IA 50319

Iowa Genealogical Society
628 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa

Iowa Department of Health - Vital Records
Lucas State Ofc. Bldg
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-7689

Iowa State Library
1112 East Grand
Des Moines, IA 50319
Tel: 515-281-4105



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