Many experts recommend starting your research with the death records first. The death record is the most recent record, so it will more likely be available to you. Death records are kept in the state where your ancestor died, not where they were buried. However these records can provide a burial location. Death records are especially helpful because they may provide important information on a person’s birth, spouse, and parents. Some researchers look first for death records because there are often death records for persons who have no birth or marriage records.

Early death records, like cemetery records, generally give the name, date, and place of death. Twentieth-century certificates usually include the age or date of birth (and sometimes the place), race, length of residence in the county or state, cause of death, name of hospital and funeral home, burial information, and the informant’s name (often a relative). They often provide the name of a spouse or parents. Since 1950, social security numbers are given on most death certificates. Birth and other information in a death record may not be accurate because the informant may not have had complete information.

Prior to death registers being recorded at the local county court house, a record of burial may be found in Church records. The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) is a database whose records reveal an individuals’ full name and residence at time of application, birth and death dates and last known residence.

A death record is considered a primary source.

  • Iowa Vital Records
    This page provides links to statewide vital records for Iowa, including deaths. Please reference this in the event you can not find the information you need directly from the county links.
  • Iowa Cemetery Records
    These are Iowa cemetery transcriptions listings listed by county. Browse these listings for particular cemeteries in each state that have interments and/or gravestone photos found online.

Adair County Iowa Death Records

Adams County Iowa Death Records

Allamakee County Iowa Death Records

Appanoose County Iowa Death Records

Audobon County Iowa Death Records

Benton County Iowa Death Records

Black Hawk County Iowa Death Records

Boone County Iowa Death Records

Bremer County Iowa Death Records

Buchanan County Iowa Death Records

Buena Vista County Iowa Death Records

Butler County Iowa Death Records

Calhoun County Iowa Death Records

Carroll County Iowa Death Records

Cass County Iowa Death Records

Cedar County Iowa Death Records

Cerro Gordo County Iowa Death Records

Cherokee County Iowa Death Records

Chickasaw County Iowa Death Records

Clarke County Iowa Death Records

Clayton County Iowa Death Records

Clinton County Iowa Death Records

Dallas County Iowa Death Records

Davis County Iowa Death Records

Decatur County Iowa Death Records

Delaware County Iowa Death Records

Des Moines County Iowa Death Records

Dickinson County Iowa Death Records

Dubuque County Iowa Death Records

Emmet County Iowa Death Records

Fayette County Iowa Death Records

Floyd County Iowa Death Records

Fremont County Iowa Death Records

Greene County Iowa Death Records

Grundy County Iowa Death Records

Hamilton County Iowa Death Records

Hancock County Iowa Death Records

Hardin County Iowa Death Records

Harrison County Iowa Death Records

Henry County Iowa Death Records

Howard County Iowa Death Records

Humboldt County Iowa Death Records

Ida County Iowa Death Records

Iowa County Iowa Death Records

Jackson County Iowa Death Records

Jasper County Iowa Death Records

Jefferson County Iowa Death Records

Johnson County Iowa Death Records

Jones County Iowa Death Records

Kossuth County Iowa Death Records

Lee County Iowa Death Records

Linn County Iowa Death Records

Louisa County Iowa Death Records

Lucas County Iowa Death Records

Lyon County Iowa Death Records

Madison County Iowa Death Records

Mahaska County Iowa Death Records

Marion County Iowa Death Records

Marshall County Iowa Death Records

Mills County Iowa Death Records

Mitchell County Iowa Death Records

Monona County Iowa Death Records

Monroe County Iowa Death Records

Montgomery County Iowa Death Records

Muscatine County Iowa Death Records

O’Brien County Iowa Death Records

Page County Iowa Death Records

Palo Alto County Iowa Death Records

Pocahontas County Iowa Death Records

Polk County Iowa Death Records

Pottawattamie County Iowa Death Records

Poweshiek County Iowa Death Records

Ringgold County Iowa Death Records

Sac County Iowa Death Records

Scott County Iowa Death Records

Shelby County Iowa Death Records

Sioux County Iowa Death Records

Story County Iowa Death Records

Tama County Iowa Death Records

Taylor County Iowa Death Records

Union County Iowa Death Records

Wapello County Iowa Death Records

Warren County Iowa Death Records

Washington County Iowa Death Records

Wayne County Iowa Death Records

Webster County Iowa Death Records

Winnebago County Iowa Death Records

Winneshiek County Iowa Death Records

Woodbury County Iowa Death Records

Worth County Iowa Death Records

Wright County Iowa Death Records