Iowa Death Records

Enter a first and/or last name to search Iowa death records. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to the Iowa death records from a single place. Additional information on how to obtain Iowa death certificates is available below.

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Iowa death records

Death records contain information about a person's death, including the date of death, place of death, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the death. Death certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.

This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing Iowa death records, Iowa death ceritificates, Iowa death notices, Iowa death indexes, and other related Iowa genealogy records.

Death records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the death takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store death records into various online archives. This has brought access to online death records much more easier for genealogy researchers.

Newspapers frequently publish notices of deaths, and in addition to death certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists.

On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing death records of Iowa. We also suggest searching for "Iowa death records" using, which will yield all such databases.

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How to Obtain Iowa Death Certificates

Iowa is one of the few states, aside from New England, to successfully implement vital records registration prior to the 20th century. For birth and marriage records after 1 July 1880, and death records after 1891, write:

Iowa Department of Public Health
Vital Records Bureau
Lucas State Office Bldg, 4th Floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

For prior records, contact the clerk of the county in question.

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