Iowa Genealogy & LDS Family History Centers

Are you an Iowa resident who is dying to know where he came from? Does the overwhelming nature of genealogy research keep you from finding out? If this sounds like you, there are resources available in the state to help you trace your family tree. Iowa family history centers are located throughout the state to provide Iowa residents with all the resources they need to discover their ancestry. These branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City are operated by the Iowa LDS Church, but they are open to the general public. Ample resource materials ensure you can have success in your genealogy search when you visit one of these facilities.

If you have any questions or comments about family history centers, please send a message to [email protected].

Ames Iowa Family History Center
2524 Hoover
Ames, Iowa 50010
(515) 232-3634

Atlantic IA Family History Center
US Hwy 6 & 71 North
Atlantic, Iowa 50022
(712) 243-2507
Notes: Small Center - 2 computers

Burlington Family History Center
2727 Cliff Rd
Burlington, Iowa 52601
(319) 754-7974
Notes: Can contact JoAnne Robertson 319-754-5968

Cedar Rapids Family History Center
4300 Trailridge Rd SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403
(319) 363-7178

Davenport Family History Center
4929 N Wisconsin Ave
Davenport, Iowa 52806
(319) 386-7547

Dubuque Family History Center
685 Fremont Ave
Dubuque, Iowa 52001
(319) 583-6851

Fort Dodge Family History Center
1426 N 32nd St
Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501
(515) 573-8734

Glenwood Family History Library
Sharp & Vine Lower Level
Glenwood, Iowa 51534
(712) 527-9227

LDS Family History Center
Hwy 1 North
Keosauqua, Iowa 52565
(319) 293-3455

Shenandoah Family History Center
507 E Pioneer
Shenandoah, Iowa 51601
(712) 246-4491

Chuch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
1701 W 11th St
Spencer, Iowa 51301
(712) 262-6172
Notes: one computer - call for appointment

Des Moines Family History Center
3301 Ashworth Rd
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265

Iowa Genealogy Resources

When researching, a state it's important to consider what records exist beyond the ones we as genealogists are familiar with such as census enumerations and vital records. Iowa has school records microfilmed and available through the Family History Library. Search on the county you are interested and the record type, "Schools" to see what is available. Iowa also conducted state censuses between the years 1836 and 1925, those after 1856 provide great detail. The 1925 Iowa State Census asked for the names, ages, birthplaces and marriage place of everyone's parents. A table of that lists the years for the state census and where they can found is at the FamilySearch Wiki.

Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics
Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

State Historical Society of Iowa
600 East Locust
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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

Iowa Genealogical Society
628 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1924

Iowa State University Special Collections
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
515 294-6672

National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library
Kosek Building
87 Sixteenth Ave. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

University of Iowa, Iowa Women's Archives
100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420

Iowa Genealogy Websites

Iowa Digital Library


Iowa USGenWeb

Cyndi's List-Iowa

FamilySearch Wiki-Iowa

Iowa Record Collections

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