Iowa Public Records

Most records and certificates from 1880 to present are archived at the Iowa Bureau of Health Statistics along with the local county offices. Certificates for births and deaths are available online, by mail, in person and over the phone. There is a $15 dollar search fee which includes one certified copy with each additional copy costing $15 dollars. Commemorative birth certificates are available for $35 dollars.

Iowa Department of Public Health
Lucas State Office Building
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-4944

Birth Certificate Form (PDF)
Death Certificate Form (PDF)

While marriage records are available from the state, divorce decree records are only available from the Clerk of Court from the county in which it was filed. Commemorative marriage certificates take approximately 30 days to process and cost $35 dollars.

Marriage Certificate Form (PDF)

Adoption Records

Adoptees of adult age are legally allowed to receive medical records as long as all identification is still confidential. While unlocking of adoption records is an option, it requires a court order at any age. Iowa provides a voluntary database for birth parents, birth siblings, adoptees and other direct relatives.

Adoption Voluntary Registry

Property Records

Property and parcel records are kept through multiple departments within the county including the Assessor's Department, GIS department and Treasurer's Office.

Polk County General Maps
Linn County Parcel Search
Scott County Parcel Search
Black Hawk County Parcel Records

Genealogy Records

Genealogy Records for the state of Iowa

Public Libraries

We have compiled a list of 10 public libraries in the state of Iowa

# Name Address Zipcode Phone
1 Ackley Public Library 401 State St, Ackley, Iowa 50601 641-847-2233
2 Adair Public Library 310 Audubon, Adair, Iowa 50002 641-742-3323
3 Adel Public Library 303 S 10th St, Adel, Iowa 50003 515-993-3512
4 Agency Public Library 104 E Main, Agency, Iowa 52530 641-937-6002
5 Akron Public Library 350 Reed St, Akron, Iowa 51001 712-568-2601
6 Albert City Public Library 215 Main St, Albert City, Iowa 50510 712-843-2012
7 Carnegie-Evans Public Library 203 Benton Ave East, Albia, Iowa 52531 641-932-2469
8 Albion Municipal Library 400 N Main St, Albion, Iowa 50005 641-488-2226
9 Dr. Grace O. Doane Alden Public Library 1012 Water St, Alden, Iowa 50006 515-859-3820
10 Alexander Public Library 409 Harriman St, Alexander, Iowa 50420 641-692-3238
See the full list

Phone Area Codes

319 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa 515 - Des Moines, Iowa 563 - Davenport, Iowa 641 - Mason City, Iowa 712 - Sioux City, Iowa