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Source Information

Ancestry.com. Iowa, Marriage Records, 1923-1937 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
Original data: Iowa Department of Public Health. Iowa Marriage Records, 1923–37. Microfilm. Record Group 048. State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa.

About Iowa, Marriage Records, 1923-1937

Civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths began 1 July 1880 in Iowa. This collection includes indexed images of marriage returns that are on microfilm at the State Archives of Iowa for the years 1923 through 1937 for all counties.

Some of the marriage returns will be on certificate forms, while others were entered into registers. Details you may find include the following:

  • groom’s name
  • bride's name
  • bride and groom’s current ages, or age at next birthday
  • marriage application date
  • marriage date
  • marriage county
  • places of residence for both parties
  • occupations
  • how many marriages for each party
  • places of birth for the bride and groom
  • color and nationality
  • parents’ names for the bride and groom (including mother’s maiden name)
  • location of the marriage
  • name of the officiant
  • names of witnesses

You may also find affidavits attesting to the age of the bride or groom, with permission from a guardian to marry.