Vital Records

Iowa Vital Records, filmed in the county court houses, include births, deaths, and marriages from 1880 to approximately 1930, depending on the county. Many local IGS chapters have indexed or copied their own county’s records such as probate and naturalization, as well as funeral home and cemetery records. These are in print and on the shelves. Many are for sale.

Some obituaries taken from newspapers all over Iowa and other states for people with Iowa connections, are on index cards. Other drawers also contain birth, marriages and deaths on index cards. There are also two sets of obituaries on microfilm.

Published Vital Records from other states, as well as church, land, tax, and cemetery records; county histories with genealogies; and town records.

The Great Migration Begins, [974.02/AND] which covers New England before 1633.

International Records. Records from many other countries are included in our collection.

Immigration and emigration materials, including all of the series Germans to America [325/GLA].

The library also has The Famine Immigrants [325/GLA] about the Irish.