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Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, 1835-1998
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Iowa, 
United States
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Location of Iowa
Record Description
Record Type Military grave registration
Collection years 1835-1998
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State Historical Society of Iowa


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of an index to grave registrations of veterans buried in the state of Iowa ca. 1835-1998. The collection is arranged alphabetically and includes more than 270,000 registrations. The collection was acquired from the Iowa State Historical Society in Des Moines and is part of RG 092 records of the Commission of Veteran Affairs. The forms were completed by the funeral director and were forwarded to the Commission of Veteran Affairs of the county of burial.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Grave registrations

  • Veteran's name
  • County of Burial in Iowa
  • Date and place of death
  • Date and place of birth
  • Nearest Relative: Father, Mother, Wife or Children
  • Color
  • Residence Time of enlistment

  • Age
  • Date and place entering service
  • Date and place of discharge
  • Rank
  • Organization served in
  • Foreign Countries Served in
  • Membership in Veterans Organizations

  • Burial Place
  • Name of Cemetery
  • Lot Description
  • If Buried in Foreign Country
  • Amount of Pension
  • Pension Claim No

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person
  • The name of a parent or date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the information found in the record to locate the death record
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to determine an approximate birth date to find vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
  • Search for church records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. You could get a copy of the original record from the [State Historical Society of Iowa]
  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Iowa.

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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