Iowa, County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This collection will include records from 1867-1991.  
 
This collection will include records from 1867-1991.  
  
These records include a compilation of county death records. The collection contains indexes, death records, certificates, registers, etc. for 98 of the 99 counties.
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These records include a compilation of county death records. The collection contains indexes, death records, certificates, registers, etc. for 98 of the 99 counties.  
  
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
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Image:Iowa, County Death Records (11-1023) Death Record DGS 4341386_44.jpg|Death Record
 
Image:Iowa, County Death Records (11-1023) Death Record DGS 4341386_44.jpg|Death Record
 
Image:Iowa, County Death Records (11-1023) Death Register DGS 4341370_338.jpg|Death Register
 
Image:Iowa, County Death Records (11-1023) Death Register DGS 4341370_338.jpg|Death Register
 
Image:Iowa, County Death Records (11-1023) Death Transcript DGS 4342090_317.jpg|Death Transcript
 
Image:Iowa, County Death Records (11-1023) Death Transcript DGS 4342090_317.jpg|Death Transcript
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The information in the records may include the following:  
 
The information in the records may include the following:  
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:  
*Name of the deceased
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*Name of the deceased  
 
*Identifying information such as death date and place
 
*Identifying information such as death date and place
  
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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.  
 
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. <br>
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If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image. <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒ Select the appropriate 'First Letter of Surname (Decedent)'<br> ⇒ Select the appropriate 'Surname, Given Name(s) w/Death Year' which takes you to the images  
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒ Select the appropriate 'First Letter of Surname (Decedent)'<br> ⇒ Select the appropriate 'Surname, Given Name(s) w/Death Year' which takes you to the images
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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.  
 
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.  
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
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*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.  
 
*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.
 
*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 [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
  
 
=== Using the Information  ===
 
=== Using the Information  ===
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.  
 
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.  
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.  
 
*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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*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.
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
[http://www.archives.com/ga.aspx?_act=DeathRecords&klp=GA95001&cam=343&KW2=Iowa&Location=IA&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&msid=sg2EHVF0P_dc|pcrid|23756934669|pkw|iowa%20death%20records|pmt|e&gclid=CPO9nODL5LkCFeV7QgodPUwA1w Iowa Death Records]
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[http://www.archives.com/ga.aspx?_act=DeathRecords&klp=GA95001&cam=343&KW2=Iowa&Location=IA&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&msid=sg2EHVF0P_dc%7Cpcrid%7C23756934669%7Cpkw%7Ciowa%20death%20records%7Cpmt%7Ce&gclid=CPO9nODL5LkCFeV7QgodPUwA1w Iowa Death Records]  
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==

Revision as of 17:51, 24 September 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

This collection will include records from 1867-1991.

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

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, 1867-1992.” Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The information in the records may include 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.

Related Websites

Iowa Death Records

Related Wiki Articles

Iowa Vital Records

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clemtina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata, Buenos Aires.