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IOWA - YOGS – VITAL STATS – BOOK 01:  GUIDE TO PUBLIC VITAL STATISTICS RECORDS IN IOWA.  By the Historical Records Survey.  There are four major categories of vital statistics records.  They are Birth, Marriage, Divorce and Death.  The state manages huge amounts of data for each one of these categories.  It is important in the study of genealogy for any family that the genealogist be aware of how these records came to be, and how they were managed, filed and sorted and in which repository they are kept from which you may extract the information you need for each of your ancestors.  This book is your good right arm to use to find the Iowa records you need.  Let’s examine Marriage Records first.  And let’s do it from the State’s Point of view.  It was not until 1880, when the State Board of Health was established, that the law required the clerks of the district aqnd circuit courts to render a complete report of all marriages to the Secretary of the State Board of Health, on the first day of October of each year.  This act, made it a duty of the board to prepare all forms for the making of the marriage records.


With the enactment of the present law governing vital statistics in 1921, the State Registrar is now required to furnish all blank forms and record books required, to all personsconcerned with the administration of the same, and to systematically arrange, bind, and deposit in the State Historical Building, the original certificates.  He is further requiredto maintain a card index, arranged alphabetically by names of both parties, covering all marriages reported.


The clerk of the district court is also required to transmit annually to the State Registrar, all original returns of marriages filed in his office, on or before the first day of February of each year.


Under the present law the State Registrar, upon request, shall charge each applicant the fee of fifty cents, for making a certified copy of a registered marriage certificate, and fifty cents for each hour or fractional part of an hour spent in search, where a requested record is not found.




In 1840, the first law of the territory of Iowa regulating marriages, provided that a record of marriages was to be kept by the clerk of the district court in each county.

During the existence of the county court and the circuit court, the clerk of the district court acted in his ex-officio capacity as clerk of these courts, and was required to keep and maintain the marriage register.


In 1887, all records and duties of the circuit court passed to the district court.  The duty of perpetuating the marriage register has continued to remain with the clerk of the district court in each county.


The record of marriages show the full name, age, color, nationality, residence, occupation, place of birth, father’s full name, mother’s maiden name, and number of marriages for both bride and groom; also maiden name of bride, if a widow, time and place of ceremony, witnesses, and name and office of person officiating.




The first law regulating marriages was enacted in 1840, and provided for the issuance of marriage licenses by the clerk of the district court.


In 1851, the authority to grant marriage licenses was transferred to the county judge, but in 1868 that duty was transferred to the circuit court and the clerk was directed to keep a record thereof in a sepaate book kept for that purpose.

Under the Code of 1873, the clerk of the district court acting as clerk of the circuit court, again issued marriage licenses.


In 1887, all records and duties of the circuit court passed to the district court.  The duty of issuing marriage licenses has continued to remain with the clerk of the district court, who under the present (1940) shall charge one dollar and fifty cents for the issuance of each marriage license.




In 1851, the county judge was required to enter on the records of the county clerk, all applications made for marriage licenses, and in 1868 this duty was transferred to the circuit court.  1976

The Code of 1873, also required the clerk of the circuit court to make an entry of applications for marriage licenses, in a book to kept for that purpose.


In 1887, all records and duties of the circuit court were transferred to the district court, and the law continued to require the clerk to make an entry of each application made for the issuance of a marriage license, in a book to be kept for that purpose. 

In 1931, an amending act was passed requiring all applications for marriage licenses to be in writing, and that the clerk should keep a record thereof.  This amendment was repealed in 1933.




If the clerk is acquainted with the ages and qualifications of the parties, he may execute in lieu of the affidavit, a certificate stating such fact, and that he knew the parties to be competent to contract a marriage, and, if this is not true, when an application for a license is made, the clerk shall require at least one affidavit from somecompetent and disinterested person, stating as to ages and qualifications of the parties as the clerk may deem necessary.  The affidavit or certificate, in each case, shall be filed by the clerk and constitute a part of the records of his office.  A memorandum of such affidavit or certificate shall also be entered in the license book. 




In 1840, the law first provided for the filing of a certificate of every marriage solemnized, eith the clerk of the district court who was to make a record thereof in a book to be kept for that purpose. 




Statutes require that if either Applicant for a license is a minor, a certificate in writing, giving the consent of the parents or guardian, must be filed in the office of the clerk who shall enter a memorandum thereof in the license book.  [Pat’s note:  With this many pieces of paper which had to be filled out by law every time, with all this detail, how come we can not find the paperwork for our ancestors?]


Des Moines, Iowa.  Marriage Records 1880-1904  115 volumes.  All counties.  Transcribed record of marriage returns, showing names of bride and groom, age, race, and birthplace:  father’s name, mother’s maiden name, by whom consent to marry was given, date of marriage, place, by whom married, date of return, and when filed.  Arranged by calendar years. To be indexed. Iowa State Board of /Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Des Moines, Iowa. All lists following have similar items.


Marriage Records 1905:  63 volumes. All counties. 

2.)  Marriage Certificates, 1921: 2 volumes. Monroe and Wapello Counties.


3.)  Marriage Certificates, 1922: 2 volumes. Bremer, Buchnan, Cerro Gordo, Crawford, Hancock, Jefferson, Jackson, Monroe, Wapello and Woodbury Counties.


4.)  Marriage Certificates, 1923-24:  1 volume. Record covers last hslf of 1923 and first half of 1924, for Dallas, Hamilton, and Iowa Counties. 


5.)  Marriage Certificates1923-1938:  1,399 volumes.  All counties. 


6.)  Marriage Certificates, 1939: Binding in progress in 1940.  Bound Volumes by now, (I hope!) All counties.


7.)  Marriage Certificates, 1940 - ?  Unbound.  All Counties.  [This is the set you want to get copied if this time period fits your request.  One of the above will do if you need earlier ones!]  Ask for all papers to be copied!  Original marriage returns, showing name of county, names of bride and groom, ages, colors, races, birthplaces, and residences; number of marriages, father’s name, mother’s maiden name, groom’s occupation, maiden name of bride if a widow, witnesses to marriage, signature of bide and groom, date and place of marriage, date of return, date filed, and signature of official.  Arranged by counties, Indexed alphabetically, Iowa State Board of Health, Division of Vital Records, Des Moines, Iowa  


But even now they are not done helping you to know where to ask for what you want, because now they go county-by-county to give you what records remain in the county that will help you solve your genealogical problems. 


Sample County:  ADAIR COUNTY.  Every county is done for you.


1.)  1854—Record of marriage licenses in “Marriage Record.” 12 vols. 1854-72, filed in numerical order by license number: 1869--. Alph by names of groom and bride.  Clerk of the District Court, Greenfield.


2.)  859—Returns, in “Marriage Returns” 16 f. d.. chronological by date of marriage; 1 f. ds. Chronological by date of certificate.   Clerk of the District Court, Greenfield.


3.)  1860-1871—Record of applications, in “Marriage Record,” 1 volume, chronological by date of application. Clerk of the District Court, Greenfield.


4.)  880-1918—Record, in “Marriage Register”, 2 vols., 1880-1904 alphabetical by names of groom and bride.  1904-1918, numerical by license number.  Clerk of the District Court, Greenfield.


5.)  1931-1933 – Applications in “Applications for Marriage License” 1 f. d. Chronologically by date of application.  Clerk of the District Court, Greenfield.


The same attention to detail is given to births, divorces and deaths.  There is so much information in this book that will help you be successful in your search.  After reading this you will know whaat office holds the document you want and you can avoid the time, delay, expense and frustration of writing to the wrong office.


[Pat’s note:  Remember, the application has the most information, but the return is the record with the actual date of the marriage.  You need both.]  [Consents may give you the name of the bride’s or groom’s mother if she has become a remarried widow by then!] [Witnesses are often honored members of the bride’s or groom’s family.  My witness was my niece, and Ray’s witness was his younger brother!  We also have reprinted the Illinois Guide to Vital Records, The Indiana Guide to Vital Records and the Kentucky Guide to Vital Records.  These are good books to have on your desk to check what early records your county has on hand.  Call me if you are interested in one of these three or this one.  PRICE FOR IOWA is $20.


IOWA – CENSUS RECORDS 02- IOWA 1836 TERRITORIAL CENSUS INDEX.  By Ronald Vern Jackson, Gary Ronald Teeples and David Schaefermeyer.  Accelerated Indexing Systems, Inc., 1976.  First printing was in 1974.  35 pages plus 5 in the Preface, hardbound.  The Iowa 1836 Territorial Census of Dubuque and Des Moines Counties, Iowa is one of the earliest census records taken of the area and is most valuable to the researcher.  The 1836 Census was actually taken under the direction of the Wisconsin Territorial government.  The original manuscript was located by Dr. Benjamin F. Shambaugh of Iowa State University in 1896.  He transcribed the census which was printed in a pamphlet in 1897 in Iowa.  This census is hereby indexed and presented in its entirety with the original spelling of Des Moines County as Demoine.

The original census page reads like this:  BAKER, EDWARD  DUBUQUE CO. IOWA  37  20  05  02  04


Each line holds the numbers in one household: 

1.) Name of the Head of Household:  BAKER, EDWARD

2.) The County and State of residence when the census was taken:  DUBUQUE  IOWA

3.) The 1897 edition had this page number on the page where this entry was found -  37

Genealogical Data:

Column #1 males over 21 years of age – 20

Column #2 males under 21 years of age – 5

Column #3 females over 21 years of age – 2

Column #4 females under 21 years of age – 4

[Pat’s Note:  Where did they put the number for a man or a woman who was 21 years old?  He/She is not over 21, nor is he under 21!  So, what did they do with them?

In the Preface there is a very valuable list of counties with organizational date, Parent County, Progeny County and special notes for changes of name.

Only heads of household have their names shown in this census.  So a number really stands for the entire family, meaning a 6 would probably mean more than one family, probably several, actually lives in that residence. 

Surnames in this census index with three to five first names are followed by a comma (,).  Surnames with  six or more than six, will have the actual numbers.  

Aldra(d)ge, Allin, Anderson 10, Baker, Ballard, Basey, Blankenship, Box, Bratten, Brooks, Brown 13, Buckhan(a/o)n, Burk, Burns, Caldwell, Camp, Canaday/Cannida, Carter 6, Caulk, Chance, Chapman, Clark 9, Clarke, Cole, Collins, Cook, Coop, Cortell, Crane, Crow, Davis 15, Davi(d)son, Deve(m/n)port, Dickson, Dougherty, Driskal/l, Duke, Duncan, Dunham, Edwards, Evans, Farris, Fisher, Flinn, Goodwin, Grant, Gr(a/e)y, Greyham, Grimes, Hale 6, Hampton, Harper, Harris, Harrison, Henderson, Hes(l/s)er, Hughes, Hutton, Jackson 9, James Johnson 6, Jones 18, Jordan, Kell(e)y, Kent, King , Kinney, Knapp, Langworthy, Larkin, Lee 7, Lewis 6, Mallett, Martin, Mathis, Mat(t)hews, Maxwell, McCarty, McDowel, Miller 9, Mitch(ael/ell), Moffit/t 6, Moor, Moore, Morgan 9, Morin, Morris8, Murphy, Neal, Nelson, Pace, Parish, Parker7, Parrish, Parsons, Perkins, Perry, Price, Quinn, Reed, Reynolds, Rice, Richards, Richatdson, Roberts, Robinson, Ross, Sanders, Sanford, Scott 9, Shaw 8, Shepherd , Shuck, Simmons 7, Skinner, Smith 33, Spencer, Stewart , Stoddard, Stone Sutton, Swan, Taylor 6, Teas, Thomas, Thompson, Tucker, Turner, Updegraff, Walker 9, Walters 5, Warren, Warrin, Watson, Welch, Wheeler, White 10, Whitesides, Wild/e, Williams 11, Williford, Wilson 11, Wood, Wright 10,  Young and Younge.  No microfilm to read, all the names and numbers are in this book.  PRICE: $25


IOWA – YOGS – BOOK 03:  CARTOGRAPHIC RECORDS RELATING TO THE TERRITORY OF IOWA, 1838-1846.  SPECIAL LIST 27: By the National Archives and Record Service, GSA, Washington, D.C., 1971, 27 pages, 8.5 by 11 inches, cardstock cover, wrappers.  $3.  In ths year the holdings of the National Archives and Records Service  was very busy cataloging the over 900,000 cubic feet of permanent non-current records of the Federal Government.  Collected from the days of the First Continental Congress, they consist of the basic records of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of our Government.  The Presidential Libraries the Presidents from Herbert Hoover contain the papers of those Presidents and many of their associates in office.  While many of the archival holdings document events of great moment in our Nation’s history, most of them are preserved because of their continuing practical ise in the ordinary process of government, for the protection of private rights, and for the research use of scholars and students.  To facilitate the use of the records and to describe their nature and content, archivists prepare variouskinds of finding aids.  This present work is one such publication. 

Cartography is defined as the science and art of making maps.  ASo this is a catalog of maps in the National Archives collection relating to the maps for the Territory of Iowa from 1838-1846.  The index is to proper names of people and companies and subjects that appear in this list.  (three two-column pages of names, companies and maps having to do with Iowa

during this time period.  Maps of Forts, Published maps, Disputed Boundaries with Settlement, City maps, Town plats, Indian Territory maps, Maps of mineral rights, tribal lands, maps of territory involved in treaties with the indians plus many more~  Good value for $3


IOWA -  PERIODICAL 01:  HAWKEYE HERITAGE, A QUARTERLY PUBLICATION OF THE IOWA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, VOLUME 26, ISSUE 3, AUTUMN, 1991.  PAGES 123 TO 183 OF THAT YEARS VOLUME.  This begins with the then current address of the genealogical societies in the state affiliated with the state society.  There is a very nice clear county boundary map of Iowa showing locations of all the current counties.  Articles include Iowa related Vital Records reported in the Rock Island, IL 1875 newspapers; Notes from the Supervisor’s Minute Book #2 of Monroe County, Iowa; Members of Consistory #5 of the Masonic Lodge in Sioux City, IA; Men from Pottawattomie County area who gave their life to their country; War Veterans Buried in Old Center Township. and Oaklawn Cemeteries, of above Township; War Veterans Buried in Belknap Cemetery, west of Oakland, above County; War Veterans Buried in Fairview Cemetery, above County, Burial permits, Lee County, Iowa; Humbolt County, Iowa Marriages and a list of some of Iowa’s Centarians.  The amount of detail given for all of these people is wonderful!  Hundreds of people have their names in just this one issue with the kind of details for which we genealogists are searching!  This issue just $4 


SOME NOTES FROM SOMETHING I SOLD BEFORE IT MADE IT HERE:  But I thought you might enjoy some of the articles and thoughts included in it.  Did you know?  How did the traveling pioneers know how far they traveled in a day.  They always said they made ten miles or six miles.  How did they know?  Answer:  Odometers on the wheels of wagons were used extensively in early America as they were also used in Egypt centuries ago.  The diameter of the wheel and a ratio to the gears used provided the distance traveled in a day.  [I hope I never get too old to learn something new every day, and that took care of today!!] 


The newspaper article about the ole-timer from Independence named Rippey, his belligerent dog, the trip to the furniture store and his dog’s encounter with the dog in the mirror took care of one of my dozen or so laughs of the day I consider mandatory.  2,700 pieces of mirror would be hard to clean up, but it would be almost worth it to see the look of sheer pride on that big dog’s face at the way he had made that other big dog downright disappear!!


The lack of respect given to the dead by the young leads to their lack of respect for the living and ours for them!  Respect has to be earned “by doing the right thing at the right time all the time.  Did we fail them? Or are they failing us?


I really liked the poem printed at the end of the obituaries:

Remember me with smiles and laughter,

For that’s the way I’ll remember you all.

If you can only remember me with tears.

Then don’t remember me at all.






KANSAS – RESEARCH SOURCES – BOOK 1:  SOURCES OF GENEALOGICAL HELP IN KANSAS.  Compiled by Sally Emerson.  For the Southern California Genealogical Society in Burbank.  Found someone on the Internet in Kansas?  What do you do next?  Reach for this handy little book to help you get going.  24 pages of information written by a genealogist for genealogists.  The Table of Contents gives you an idea of what is packed in this helpful little book.  First there is a county map of Kansas, so we can check on locations.  Geneaologists know that most of what we need to know about our ancestors can be found in the county courthouse.  The census is your quickest way to find out which County!  She starts you off with some Historical background from 1542 through statehood in 1881.  History is what tells us what groups of people can do.  Genealogists are just interested in one family, but knowing what groups they interact with helps us know what our family was like.

Then she tells us about each county, thedate created, its parent county, name changes, the county seat and zip code.  Next she explains early settlement was mostly from three groups, Land Companies [she cites seven and which counties they each settled], Religious Sect she cites six and where they settled[and Nationality groups.  She covers Vital Records with basic information you’ll need.  Then she adds Naturalization information!  She has a copy of a form to get Death Certificates, and Birth Certificates, and Marriage Licenses.  The Archives, Libraries and Society information is in here on three pages, and a list of basic periodicals produced by the societies finishes this helpful little book.  Wow!  What a lot of information

For this little price:  $5


KANSAS – MORTALITY SCH – BOOK 2:  THE MORTLITY SCHEDULE OF THE TERRITORY OF KANSAS IN 1860.  This book contains a lot of information on many people found in the 1860 schedule here.  Compiled and arranged by Hel;en H. Franklin, cardasock covers, 43 pages.  Index of 33 Counties with enumerator’s names, 

List of abbreviations for occupations as used on this schedule, a list of the abbreviations and their meaning for over 150 different causes of death.  For each person you will find in one line:  their name, age, state or country of birth, month of death, occupation, cause of death, county and sometimes township.  Way too many to index here.  PRICE:  $8


KANSAS – MORTALITY SCH BOOK 3:  THE INDEX TO THE 1880 MORTALITY SCHEDULE OF KANSAS.  Compiled by Thelma Carpenter and Helen Franklin.  143 pages, cardastock cover, circular punched plastic binder.  This book arranged in alphabetical oder with two columns on each page each contains over 50 names which equala anout 14,300 names.  That is a lot of people to die between June 1 of 1879 and May 31 of 1880!  There is no extended information such as in the above book for 1860.  Nice looking book. You can check your surname for your Kansas Cousin and write for help to get the full information.  This book lists the person’s name and the county in which he died.  The actual schedule for which this is an index, lists all the following information:  name of deceased person, census family number, age, sex, race, marital status, birthplace, father’s birthplace, mother’s birthplace, occupation, month of death, length of residence in county, and cause of death.  These were checked back with the originals for clarity.  PRICE: 15


Perseverance is highly rated, but we often fail to utilize it often enough.  But I hope you enjoyed reading this crate.  This is a part of the new Website, going up in bits and pieces as I get it fnished, and I always run it by you, my special friends, first.  Give me a call if you find something you would like to have.  Pat from Yogs.






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