Iowa Marriage Records

Enter a first and/or last name to search Iowa marriage records. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to the Iowa marriage records from a single place. Additional information on how to obtain Iowa marriage certificates is available below.

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Iowa marriage records

Marriage records contain information about the marriage of two people, including the date of marriage, place of marriage, sometimes the names of the mothers and fathers, and even the people who witnessed the marriage. Marriage certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residences, and perhaps even the maiden names of the mothers.

This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing Iowa marriage records, Iowa marriage licenses, Iowa marriage indexes, Iowa marriage announcements, and other related Iowa genealogy records.

Marriage records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the marriage takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store marriage records into various online archives. This has brought access to online marriage records much more easier for genealogy researchers.

Newspapers frequently publish notices of marriages, and in addition to marriage certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists.

On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing marriage records of Iowa. We also suggest searching for "Iowa marriage records" using, which will yield all such databases.

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How to Obtain Iowa Marriage Certificates

Iowa is one of the few states, aside from New England, to successfully implement vital records registration prior to the 20th century. For birth and marriage records after 1 July 1880, and death records after 1891, write:

Iowa Department of Public Health
Vital Records Bureau
Lucas State Office Bldg, 4th Floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

For prior records, contact the clerk of the county in question.

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