Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, ca. 1835-1998 is a free collection at FamilySearch with an index to grave registrations from the Soldiers Relief Commission in Polk County, Iowa. The grave registrations contain information on United States military veterans buried in Iowa, ranging from Revolutionary War veterans (ca. 1835) to 1998. These records were acquired from the Iowa State Historical Society in Des Moines. The collection is arranged alphabetically.


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What Can I Learn from Grave Registration Records?


These records may include:

  • Veteran’s name
  • County of Burial in Iowa
  • Date and place of death
  • Date and place of birth
  • Nearest Relative: Father, Mother, Wife or Children
  • Color
  • Residence Time of enlistment
  • Age
  • Date and place entering service
  • Date and place of discharge
  • Rank
  • Organization served in
  • Foreign Countries Served in
  • Membership in Veterans Organizations
  • Burial Place
  • Name of Cemetery
  • Lot Description
  • If Buried in Foreign Country
  • Amount of Pension
  • Pension Claim No




How Can Grave Registration Records Help Me Find Other Records?


With information from these records you may be able to:

  • Use the information found in the record to locate the death record
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to determine an approximate birth date to find vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
  • Search for church records


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