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Iowa State Archives

The State Historical Society of Iowa operates the State's Archives. It contains records of enduring value created or collected by Iowa state agencies. These materials document all facets of the state’s history. The following are some groups of state and local government records which may be of particular interest for researchers: military records, census records, birth records, marriage records, death records, land office records, homestead records, county court records, and more...

State of Iowa Historical Building
600 East Locust
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0290

Phone: (515) 281-5111


Iowa State Library

The State Library of Iowa began as a territorial library in 1838 by an Act of Congress. When Iowa became a state in 1846, the territorial library became the State Library of Iowa. The original mission of the State Library was to provide services to state government. Over the years, this mission grew to include the planning and development of library services on a statewide basis. Today, the State Library, a division of the Iowa Department of Education, offers a multitude of services and programs to the libraries and citizens of Iowa.

State Library of Iowa
1112 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Phone: (515) 281-4105


Selected LDS Family History Centers

The following family history centers in Iowa offer the most comprehensive genealogy resources, including census records, death records, family history records, obituaries, marriage records, vital records, court records, and various other public records.:

Cedar Rapids Iowa
4300 Trailridge Road SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

(319) 363-7178

Davenport Iowa
4929 Wisconsin Avenue
Davenport, Iowa

(563) 386-7547


Des Moines Iowa
3301 Ashworth Road
West Des Moines, Iowa

(515) 225-0416

Sioux City Iowa
1201 W. Clifton
Sioux City, Iowa

(712) 255-9686

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