Iowa Church records undoubtedly are a rich source for the genealogical and historical researcher. In many parts of Iowa, church records predate civil records. They therefore document vital events, providing birth, marriage, and death information and facts that may often be lost. Besides furnishing names and dates, church records may show you associations between people and reflect a family’s standing in the community. In addition, records of a personal nature are not uncommon, and these may provide a view into an ancestor’s personality or behaviors.
Previous to Iowa County and city governments collected vital records, many people documented crucial times, events, and names in their family Bible. Family Bibles are invaluable research resources. Although the dates can’t be guaranteed, Family Bibles are a tangible link with past generations.