Obtaining County Courthouse Records

Information about how and what can be obtained at the county courthouse and at the state level.


Records at the County Recorder's Office

  • Births and Deaths - 1880 to 1920, 1942 to present *
  • Marriages - 1846 to 1920, 1942 to present *
Iowa County Recorder's Office Uncertified copies: $5
Certified copies: $15
  • Naturalizations
  • Land records: Lookup land records here
  • Original homestead deeds
  • City and town lot deeds
  • Cemetery lot deeds
  • Soldier discharge records
  • Single-parent births after July 1, 1995
  • And other records...
Iowa County Recorder's Office Sample costs:
land records: $.25 per page.

* Vital Records (Births, Marriages, Deaths):
Uncertified copies of vital records can be obtained by anyone and are less expensive, but these may NOT be provided to mail-in requests or by phone. Customers must obtain uncertified copies at the recorder's office IN PERSON. Only certified copies to entitled recipients may be issued through mail-in applicants.

Iowa County Records at the State Office

  • Births, Marriages, and Deaths: 1921 to 1941
  • Single-parent births before July 1, 1995
  • Legal name changes
  • Adoptions
Iowa Department of Public Health Certified copies: $20

Courthouse Records

Records Location Cost
  • Probates (Wills)
  • Guardianships
  • Divorces
  • Court proceedings
Iowa County, Iowa Clerk of Court Sample costs:
probate packets: $.50 per page.



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Iowa County Recorder's Office

901 Court Avenue
Marengo, IA 52301
Open hours: Mon. - Fri., 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Phone: (319) 642-3622
More info: Iowa County Recorder's Site

Bureau of Health Statistics

Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075
Phone: (515) 281-4944
Open hours: 7:00 a.m to 4:45 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

More info: Iowa State Vital Records Information

Iowa County Clerk of Court's Office

Iowa County Courthouse

P.O. Box 266, Court Avenue
Marengo, IA 52301
Open hours: see page below
Phone: (319) 642-3914
More info: Iowa County, Iowa Clerk of Court