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Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935
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Location of Iowa
Record Description
Record Type Birth Index
Collection years 1880-1935
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Multiple county district courts, Iowa

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

The collection consists of an index to the birth records created by the counties of Iowa. It should contain records from all 99 counties in the state. The collection includes records from 1880 to 1935. Records where the county could not be identified or where the birth took place out of state and was registered in Iowa are listed as "Other" in the table below.

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What Can This Collection Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

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

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

As of May 2016 the collection contained the following:

County Records
Adair 18,064
Adams 14,790
Allamakee 15,258
Appanoose 27,198
Audubon 11,782
Benton 30,277
Black Hawk 34,623
Boone 26,880
Bremer 18,896
Buchanan 15,739
Buena Vista 22,369
Butler 13,945
Calhoun 14,232
Carroll 15,931
Cass 28,889
Cedar 20,000
Cerro Gordo 41,984
Cherokee 8,431
Chickasaw 12,547
Clarke 11,451
Clay 16,368
Clayton 23,206
Clinton 35,295
Crawford 18,941
Dallas 16,115
Davis 16,703
Decatur 17,035
Delaware 27,861
Des Moines 57,640
Dickinson 10,300
Dubuque 55,056
Emmet 15,616
Fayette 13,613
Floyd 11,287
Franklin 21,095
Fremont 10,585
Greene 15,663
Grundy 9,087
Guthrie 18,199
Hamilton 13,523
Hancock 24,164
Hardin 1,845
Harrison 29,773
Henry 13,593
Howard 8,768
Humboldt 4,111
Ida 12,042
Iowa 16,481
Jackson 20,135
Jasper 23,069
Jefferson 13,975
Johnson 24,019
Jones 21,880
Keokuk 25,913
Kossuth 24,355
Lee 38,626
Linn 37,366
Louisa 16,916
Lucas 6,941
Lyon 18,667
Madison 15,847
Mahaska 26,083
Marion 30,798
Marshall 22,482
Mills 13,509
Mitchell 15,346
Monona 15,441
Monroe 13,133
Montgomery 14,625
Muscatine 26,791
O'Brien 15,755
Osceola 16,708
Page 12,338
Palo Alto 10,324
Plymouth 24,247
Pocahontas 12,635
Polk 50,882
Pottawattamie 22,260
Poweshiek 12,890
Ringgold 12,028
Sac 14,046
Scott 122,395
Shelby 19,009
Sioux 23,053
Story 20,838
Tama 12,074
Taylor 11,047
Union 48,903
Van Buren 14,339
Wapello 19,321
Warren 24,156
Washington 17,132
Wayne 15,868
Webster 28,292
Winnebago 8,115
Winneshiek 26,811
Woodbury 60,623
Worth 5,854
Wright 20,113
Other 301,858

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 the parents
  • The date and place of birth

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 age or estimated birth date to find vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death
  • 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

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

  • 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.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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