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Iowa Free Death Records


Don't be tricked into paying for death records. Welcome to Find Free Death Records, Your # 1 Resource to Find Free Iowa Death Records. I list the best ways to get Iowa death records and obituaries for free or as little money as possible. This page is updated daily - if you have more up-to-date information or corrections, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Iowa Free Death Records Obituaries
How to Apply:
  • The state of Iowa has created the "Iowa GenWeb Project," which is a free database of death records organized by county. These records are generally from 1880 - 1950, so if the death occurred within those years try accessing the record online at their website (see "Website" below).
  • If you are looking for a death record that was more recent than 1950, you can apply for one by mail. You need to first download this form from the Iowa Department of Public Health.
  • Complete the above form and mail it, along with a copy of your government issued photo identification, and any applicable fees,to:
      Iowa Department of Public Health
      Bureau of Health StatisticsĀ 
      Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
      Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075


  • The Iowa GenWeb Project breaks down the obituaries by county, so make sure you know what county the death occurred.
  • Per Iowa law, information about a specific record is not available over the
    telephone or by prepared lists.
  • Entitled persons include the person named on the record or that person's spouse, children, legal parents, grandparents, grandchildren, or siblings.
  • Legal representatives must also provide additional proof of representation.
  • Applicants must be 18 or older.


  • Free (for death records from 1880 - 1950), $15.00 otherwise