Iowa County Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1821206 |title=Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935|location=United States}}<br>
  
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== Record Description  ==
  
==== Style Guide  ====
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Index to the birth records created by the counties of Iowa. When completed it will contain records for all of the 99 counties in the state. The collection includes records from 1880 to 1935.
  
For guidelines to use in creating wiki articles that describe collections of images and indexes produced by FamilySearch, see: <br>[[FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages|FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages]]
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
== Collection Time Period  ==
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
  
This collection includes births for the years 1880 to 1935.  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Clerk of the District Court. }}
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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[[Iowa County Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Use the locator information in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the birth records. Compare the information in the birth record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
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== Record Content  ==
  
When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:  
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The index contains the following information:  
  
• Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records. <br>• Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.<br>• The father’s occupation can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.<br>• The parent’s birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*Name of child
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*Birth date  
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*Birthplace
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*Parent's names  
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*Film number
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*Digital folder number
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*Image number
  
It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
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== How to Use the Record  ==
  
Keep in mind:
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the name of the child and other identifying information such as the birthdate and place or the parents' names.
  
• The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. <br>• Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.<br>• There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
== Record Description  ==
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To search the collection by name, fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
  
The records are either handwritten or typed on pre-printed forms.
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==== Using the Information  ====
  
=== Record Content  ===
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details or lead to other records about your ancestors.
  
[[Image:Iowa County Births 1880-1935 (10-0276) DGS 4240603 145 4265589 910.jpg|thumb|right]]
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Remember this is only an index. As with any index, transcription errors may have occurred.  
  
'''Birth records usually contain the following information:<br>'''• Name of child<br>• Birth date<br>• Birthplace<br>• Father's name<br>• Mother's maiden name<br>'''Birth records may also contain the following information, depending on the time period:<br>'''• Sex of the child<br>• Number of child born to this mother<br>• Color or race<br>• Legitimate or illegitimate<br>• Father’s birthplace<br>• Father’s age<br>• Father’s occupation<br>• Mother’s birthplace<br>• Mother’s age<br>• Mother’s residence<br>• Name and address of medical attendant<br>• County of birth return<br>• Residence of medical attendant
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
  
== Record History  ==
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*Check for variant spellings of the names.
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*Look for a different index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
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*Search the records of nearby counties.
  
Most counties in Iowa began recording births and deaths in 1880 due to state law. This law was generally complied with by 1924. The [http://iagenweb.org/ Iowa GenWeb] page offers a chart of each Iowa county, and the dates that they began keeping birth, marriage and death records.
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== Related Websites  ==
  
=== Why This Record Was Created  ===
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*[http://www.archives.com/GA.aspx?_act=BirthRecords&klp=GA96001&cam=386&KW2=Iowa&Location=LA&gclid=CKP92PeMvrMCFW1yQgodnVAAvw Iowa Bith Records]
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*[http://www.idph.state.ia.us/ Iowa Department of Public Health]
  
Births were recorded for public health purposes. Birth certificates were also issued to individuals as legal documents. In cases where an individual’s birth had not been recorded, it was not uncommon for that individual to apply for a delayed birth registration since the certificate was needed to receive government benefits.
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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*[[Iowa]]
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*[[Iowa Vital Records]]
  
The information in birth entries is generally reliable, although there is always a chance for error.
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== Contributions to this Article  ==
  
== Related Web Sites  ==
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[http://www.idph.state.ia.us/ Iowa Department of Public Health]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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[[Iowa Vital Records|Iowa Vital Records]]
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
When you copy information from a record, you should also 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.  
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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: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
'''Examples of citations:<br>'''
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
*United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71 <br>* Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023
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"Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935" database, ''FamilySearch ''(https://familysearch.org: accessed 7 October 2011), Claire Donald Clark, born 25 December 1929; citing County Records, FHL microfilm 1,521,274; Clayton County Courthouse, Elkader, Iowa, United States.
 
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== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
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<!--bibdescend-->Iowa County Births, 1880-1935, database, FamilySearch; (http://familysearch.org); from Iowa County Clerks. Digital images of originals housed at various county courthouses in the State of Iowa. Birth records. FHL microfilm, 338 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah<!--bibdescend-->
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The format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the following link: [[How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections|How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]]
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Revision as of 20:04, 27 February 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935 .

Contents

Record Description

Index to the birth records created by the counties of Iowa. When completed it will contain records for all of the 99 counties in the state. The collection includes records from 1880 to 1935.

Citation for This Collection

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

"Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Clerk of the District Court.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The index contains the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Parent's names
  • Film number
  • Digital folder number
  • Image number

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the name of the child and other identifying information such as the birthdate and place or the parents' names.

Search the Collection

To search the collection by name, fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details or lead to other records about your ancestors.

Remember this is only an index. As with any index, transcription errors may have occurred.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Look for a different index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the records of nearby counties.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

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

"Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935" database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 7 October 2011), Claire Donald Clark, born 25 December 1929; citing County Records, FHL microfilm 1,521,274; Clayton County Courthouse, Elkader, Iowa, United States.