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Record Description

This collection will include records from 1880-1992.

These records include a compilation of county death records. The collection contains indexes, death records, certificates, registers, etc. for 98 of the 99 counties.

Record Content

The information in the records may include any of the following:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Marital status
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Age at death
  • Occupation
  • Date of death
  • Time of death
  • Place of death
  • Address of the deceased
  • Parents’ names
  • Places of birth of the parents
  • Date of burial
  • Place of burial
  • Cause of death
  • Name and address of the informant

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Identifying information such as death date and place

Search this Collection

To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image.
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate 'First Letter of Surname (Decedent)'
⇒ Select the appropriate 'Surname, Given Name(s) w/Death Year' which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.

Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example use the places and dates to search for census, church and land records

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have died in the same place or nearby.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name.

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Related Wiki Articles

Iowa Vital Records

Contributions to This Article

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Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

“Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992.” Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing county clerks throughout Iowa.

 

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