FamilySearch Indexing: US, Iowa-County Births, 1880-1935
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Information about These Records
Birth records usually contain the following information:
- Name of child
- Birth date
- Father's name
- Mother's maiden name
Birth records may also contain the following information, depending on the time period:
- Sex of the child
- Number of child born to this mother
- Color or race
- Legitimate or illegitimate
- Father’s birthplace
- Father’s age
- Father’s occupation
- Mother’s birthplace
- Mother’s age
- Mother’s residence
- Name and address of medical attendant
- County of birth return
- Residence of medical attendant
Most counties in Iowa began recording births and deaths in 1880 due to state law. This law was generally complied with by 1924. The Iowa GenWeb page offers a chart of each Iowa county, and the dates that they began keeping birth, marriage, and death records.
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. For more historical information on this project, click here.
- This project is recommended for volunteers who are familiar with the indexing process and comfortable using various system features. It is also helpful if volunteers understand the various documents that relate to births.
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