Iowa Bible Records

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Listed below are resources for Bible records specific to Iowa. To find more resources, go to the United States Bible Records page.

Databases[edit | edit source]
Transcriptions, Indexes, and Images[edit | edit source]
Digital Books[edit | edit source]
  • Burgess, Jo Ann; Goranson, Rita Eisenbacher; Bible records from Iowa libraries and museums; v. 02 (1977) Online at FamilySearch Digital Library; primarily composed of family records from Bible deposited in Museums of Iowa.

Other places to look for Bible Record Collections[edit | edit source]

  • Family records: Check home sources by reaching out to older members of the family asking if they know of any Family Bibles and who might have it in their possession.
  • FamilySearch Catalog: Using the keyword search, type in the surname you are looking for and the word "Bible."
  • Card Catalog at Ancestry ($)
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI): Many periodicals publish family data from Bible records. Periodical Source Index (PERSI) is an index to many of these periodicals. Learn how to use Periodical Source Index (PERSI).

Why Search for Family Bibles[edit | edit source]

Many families have traditionally recorded births, marriages, and deaths in a family bible, family record book, or book of remembrance. A bible was often given by relatives to a bride as a wedding gift, where she recorded information about her immediate family and close relatives. Relationships were seldom stated but were often implied. Names of parents, children, and their spouses, including maiden names, were frequently given along with dates of birth, marriage, and death. Sometimes the age of a person was given at the time of death. Many families kept bible records from the 1700s (and sometimes earlier) to more recent times, although few have survived. Family bibles that are no longer in the possession of the family may be at a historical or genealogical society. They are sometimes transcribed and published in genealogical periodicals or other databases

Bible records can be used as a substitute in providing birth, marriage, and date information when vital record information was not recorded.