Finding Iowa County Records Near You

Important resources local to the area in which you live should not be overlooked. These include your local LDS Family History Center, to order and view Iowa County microfilm and publications; your Local Public Library; and if you are in the mid or eastern Iowa area, a vist to the State Historical Society of Iowa Libraries is a must.

Your Local Public Library

Interlibrary Book Loan
Iowa County history books and other publications can be ordered via interlibrary Loan through your public library. Your local library or the lending library may charge a small fee for this service, but often they do not. If you find a reference to a book pertaining to Iowa County genealogy or history that you are interested in, see if you can loan it through this service.

Interlibrary Microfilm Loan
Microfilm can be borrowed from the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI). Often your local public library can receive microfilm, especially if they have a film reader on the premises. If not, it may be possible to order the film through your local Family History Center. The SHSI charges a fee. The fees vary depending on the type of film, but generally start at $6.00.
State Historical Society of Iowa Interlibrary Loan

If the film you want is offered through your local Family History Center, it is more cost effective to order Family History Library film.

Your Local LDS Family History Center

You are sure to find a Latter-day Saints Family History Center (FHC) near you. These centers are open free to the public, and the friendly volunteers there will be happy to help you find or order the material you want.

You will be able to:

  • find microfilm and publications on perminant collection
  • order film for a nominal fee of about $5 for the first month's loan. Paying for two additional months allows the film to stay at the local FHC indefinitely.
  • use the center's computers to gain free access to services like Heritage Quest Online.


The LDS Family Search website has the Family History Library Catalog online. The following links show lists of Iowa County specific resources available for order: County-wide Resources, Town Resources, and State-wide Resources including state census film (1856, 1895, etc.) It is important to view all three lists for Iowa County records.

To locate a center, look in the business listings of your local phonebook under: