Madison County Courthouse holds official birth records from 1880
through 1904, the month of January 1907, and 1909 through
current. Certain restrictions on release of data apply to the
County Recorders. For more information on these restrictions,
The years 1905, 1906, 1907 (except January) and 1908
are held by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
To request a birth certificate from the IDPH, click here.
the current County Coordinators took over this web site, the
birth data contained about 8000 records with no sources listed.
We are presently working on adding the source information and
adding births from the newspapers. It is likely that there were
between 30 and 40 thousand births during the period of county
inception through 1900.
It must be noted that unless the
source column indicates that it is an official Madison County
birth record, the source data only confirms that the person was
born in Madison County and does not verify the exact date.
Although official birth records
began in 1880, keeping accurate birth records was not taken
seriously until a little after the turn of the century. Before
1900, births reported in the various county newspapers were a
hit or miss proposition. In looking at all available data
sources, and in particular the censuses, it is obvious that many
births went unreported. The County Coordinators have elected to
add "Unverified" births to this list in the cases were
it appears that births probably occurred in Madison County but
have no credible source data.
significant number of children were born without birth
registration and passed away without appearing in the 1885 or 1895 census.
They may or may not be listed in the cemetery records. Children with that
background who appear to have been born in Madison County are
listed as "Unverified (Cem)".
records with no entry in the source column are remnants of the
original non-sourced list that have not yet been researched by
the County Coordinators. It is a fact, however, that they are not
in the Madison County Birth Records or the Madison County census records.
the source column says "Census", it means that the
person was recorded in either or both the 1885 and 1895 Iowa
state censuses as having been born in Madison County. This may
include data from censuses of counties other than Madison
County. If you don't find the individual in the Madison County
censuses, try looking at the Madison County Family Tree to see
where the person or the parents were living in 1885 or 1895.