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Welcome to the Iowa
USGenWeb Obituary Project!

Alice Warner, Iowa Coordinator

The USGenWeb Obituary Project for Iowa is an attempt to transcribe and/or index obituaries and place that information online in text format for permanent storage at the USGenWeb online archives. 

Our main goal is to contact newspapers and get their ok to place their newer, copyrighted, obits online in the Archives.  If you would like to help do this, please email  The Project Manager for more info.

About the Obituary Project

The USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project was developed in April 2000.  Newspapers have given permission to archive published obituaries to help researchers.  Participating newspapers are listed on that counties obit page.

Here is how you can help with the Obituary Project:

  • Contact local newspapers to ask permission for the USGenWeb Archives Project to archive their obituaries  (sample letter).  Contact The Project Manager with the name of the newspaper and name and title of person granting permission from the publication.

  • Check with state archives and genealogical societies to locate microfilm or other sources of pre-1923 (public domain) newspapers to transcribe obituaries from.

  • Volunteer to transcribe obituaries from newspapers already granting permission (must have access to their publication or website).

  • Create an index of obits from your local newspaper.

To submit information click HERE or HERE or email The Project Manager

Participating Newspapers

We CANNOT do look-ups for you.  There is a site for
Obituary Look-ups for Iowa:

Public Domain Obituaries, Abstracts and Indexes
Adair Adams Allamakee Appanoose Audubon
>Benton Black Hawk Boone < Bremer Buchanan
Buena Vista Butler Calhoun Carroll Cass
Cedar Cerro Gordo Cherokee Chickasaw Clarke
Clay Clayton Clinton Crawford Dallas
Davis Decatur Delaware Des Moines Dickinson>
Dubuque Emmet Fayette Floyd Franklin
Fremont Greene Grundy Guthrie Hamilton
Hancock Hardin Harrison Henry Howard
Humboldt Ida Iowa Jackson Jasper
Jefferson Johnson Jones Keokuk Kossuth
Lee Linn Louisa Lucas Lyon
Madison Mahaska Marion Marshall Mills
Mitchell Monona Monroe Montgomery Muscatine
O'Brien Osceola Page Palo Alto Plymouth
Pocahontas Polk Pottawattamie Poweshiek Ringgold
Sac Scott Shelby Sioux Story
Tama Taylor Union Van Buren Wapello
Warren Washington Wayne Webster Winnebago
Winneshiek Woodbury Worth < Wright  

Click Here to Contact the Iowa Obituary Project Coordinator

This page was last revised Monday, 06-Oct-2008 14:20:16 EDT

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