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State Resources — Iowa

Updated: August 2002

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document Vital Records

State office has birth, marriage, and death records since July 1880. For divorces it has a brief statistical record only since 1906.

Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

On the Internet: Iowa Department of Public Health.
Call (515) 281-4944 for information on record lookup fees.
Write to:
Iowa Department of Public Health
Vital Records Section
Lucas Office Building
321 East 12th Street, 4th floor
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

Divorce Records

Certified copies of divorce records are not available from the State Health Department. Contact the Clerk of District Court in the county where the divorce was granted.

book State Archives and Libraries

They currently have vital records, church records, court records, colonial petitions and correspondences, state census records, military records, newspapers, tax records, cemetery records, probate records, maps, and federal census records from 1790-1910.

Write to:
State Historical Society of Iowa Library and Iowa State Archives
Capitol Complex
Des Moines, IA 50319

 Local Genealogical Societies

Write to:
Iowa Genealogical Society (IGS)
6000 Douglas
P.O. Box 7735
Des Moines, IA 50322-7735
Telephone: (515) 276-0287
Hours: Monday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00-4:00, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:00-9:00, closed Sunday
  Publications: Hawkeye Heritage, Iowa Genealogical Society Newsletter
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