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Iowa, Church Records, 1839-2004
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Iowa, 
United States
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Location of Iowa
Record Description
Record Type Births, baptisms, marriage banns, marriages, deaths, burials
Collection years 1839-2004
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
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Iowa State Historical Department. Division of the State Historical Society, Des Moines


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

This collection contains church records from several denominations throughout Iowa for the period of 1839 – 2004. The churches in this collection include:

  • Bethany Lutheran Church (Laurens)
  • First Presbyterian Church (Pocahontas)
  • St. John's United Church of Christ (Newell)
  • St. Paul's Lutheran Church (Lacona)
  • United Methodist Church (Grundy Center)
  • United Presbyterian Church (Washington)

The church records include baptisms, marriages, and deaths.

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

Baptism Records: these records can include:

  • Baptism date
  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Residence
  • Officiating minister
  • Witnesses

Marriage Records: these records can include:

  • Marriage date
  • Names of groom and bride
  • Residences
  • Place of marriage
  • Officiating minister
  • Witnesses

Death Records: Some church records do include death information for stillborn or newborn children, even when infant names are not listed. These death records can include:

  • Name of deceased
  • Age at death
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Place of death
  • Death date
  • Cause of Death
  • Name of physician
  • Name of undertaker

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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

When searching this collection, it’s helpful to know:

  • Individual’s name
  • Name of church
  • Approximate year of event


Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting 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]

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

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Search for other vital records in the county or state, such as birth, marriage, and death
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records
  • Search for the family in federal and state census records
  • Search local newspapers for information the family

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, or even initials

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:
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