Learn more about your family in Iowa death & burial records from 1850 to 1990. Discover new details about your ancestor like their exact date of death and their parent’s names and birth places, information that can help you to expand your family history research.
The nearly 400,000 records in this collection each represent a death and burial that occurred in the state of Iowa over the course of 140 years. While the information for each person can vary, Iowa deaths & burials 1850-1990 usually provides:
Records in this collection date back to the first years after Iowa became the 29th state in 1846, and continue for the next 140 years until 1990. Iowa has collected statewide information about deaths and burials since 1880, but before 1880 information was collected from local cemetery records and obituaries.
Find out new facts in these records that you can use to enrich your family history and continue your research. You may be able to use the details you discover to find your relatives in our other collections, including in Iowa vital records.
Findmypast is pleased to present these records in partnership with FamilySearch, Intl.
These record sets use batch and film numbers to indicate the source of the information.
Film numbers refer to materials found at the Family History Library. These individual microfilms often contain copies of original records from courthouses, churches and other repositories. To learn more about a specific film number, you can search the Family History Library Catalog on the FamilySearch website (see useful links).
Batch numbers refer to a set of records extracted from microfilms. Batches might be separated by a specific type of record (births, baptisms, marriages, burials etc.) and multiple film numbers could be included in a single batch number.
Findmypast displays a “People with the same last name on this source” function in order to help locate related records in the same film and/or batch. This function can also reveal the records for family members included in the same original source. For some records, this will uncover additional entries for the same individual but with slightly different information.
If you are having trouble locating the records for someone, you can broaden your search by clicking the “name variants” box under the search bar. This will return more records with similar names, including possible alternate spellings or the use of initials or middle names.
If you cannot find your ancestor when including the year of death in your search, try broadening the year range. This will widen your search and return more results.
Towns are not always included in the record but counties always are. If you know the location where your ancestor lived, search by the county instead of the town.