Research Assistance

Do you have Iowa ancestors? Let the IGS Research Dept. help you with our hourly research program.

Please Read Carefully!


We will not research any person who might be alive.
We will not do adoption research.

Resource Availability: Vital records from Iowa’s 99 counties.

Marriage records are the only Iowa Vital Records available before 1 July 1880. Death records were not mandatory until 1920. We will search the newspaper archives at the Iowa State Historical Library for obituaries.


Members: $15 per hour, includes copying and postage.
Non-members: $25 per hour, includes copying and postage.
DO NOT select the copy fee unless directed by IGS.

Payment Options

Online: Submit payment using a credit card.
Mail: Submit payment with request.


MAIL: To mail this request, print the form, and mail it, along with your payment to:

IGS-NET, Attention: Research
628 E Grand Ave
Des Moines IA  50309-1924

ONLINE: To email this request to IGS, please “copy and paste” the form below to your email. Then fill out the form in detail with your information and email email it.

NOTE: No requests will be processed until payment is received!

Thank you for your research request. Please be patient. Requests are researched on a first-come, first-served basis and are dependent upon available volunteer resources.

Research Request Form

Please fill out the following form AFTER you have copied and pasted it to your email.

Information About YOU, the Requestor

Your Name:

Mailing Address:

City, State/Province, Zip/Postal Code:

Country, if other than United States:


Information About Your Research Request

Surname (required):

Given Name (required):

(Include as much of the following information as possible)

Birth Date (please spell out the month):

Birth Location (City, State, and/or County):

Marriage Date (please spell out the month):

Marriage Location (City, State, and/or County):

Spouse’s Name:

Death Date (please spell out the month):

Death Location (City, State, and/or County):

Father’s Name:

Mother’s Name:

Sibling Name (s):

Please tell us specifically what you want us to find for you.

What resources have you researched already? Please be specific. We do not want to waste your money repeating research you’ve already completed!