Iowa Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  




U.S.—Iowa

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Goal 1: Learn about Iowa research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your Iowa ancestors.

Summary
  1. Learn about basic Iowa research strategies.
    FS—Basic Iowa Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for Iowa research on Ancestry.
    AC—Iowa Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for Iowa research.
    AC—Iowa State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Use the Iowa Record Selection Table to decide on records to search.
    FS—Iowa Record Selection Table





Goal 2: Learn about Iowa archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Iowa archives and libraries.

Summary
  1. Learn about Iowa archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Iowa Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: Iowa Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the Iowa state archives.
  3. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for Iowa.
  4. Explore Iowa Dept. of Archives collection.
  5. Explore the Books We Own site for Iowa genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.
  6. Search for free online books on Iowa research on the FamilySearch site.
  7. Explore historical photo resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.

B. Learn about Iowa city directories.

Summary
  1. Learn about Iowa city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Iowa Directories
  2. Explore Iowa city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore Iowa city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore Iowa historical directories by county.
  6. Explore additional links for Iowa city directories on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 3: Learn about Iowa vital records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Iowa vital records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Iowa vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Iowa Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: Iowa Vital Records
  2. Explore links for vital records on the Iowa Public Health site.
  3. Search for online Iowa vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore Iowa birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Iowa birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.
  6. Explore additional links for Iowa vital records on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore additional links for Iowa birth records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Iowa marriage and death records.

Summary
  1. Learn how to find Iowa marriage records with FamilySearch.
  2. Explore links for Iowa marriage records.
  3. Explore additional links for Iowa marriage records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  4. Learn about Iowa divorce records in this article.
    FS—Wiki: Iowa Divorce Records
  5. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for Iowa death records.
  6. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for Iowa obituaries.
  7. Find additional resources for Iowa obituaries on the Linkpendium site.
  8. Explore Iowa death records, indexes, and obituaries.
  9. Explore additional links for Iowa death records on the LDSGenealogy site.

C. Explore Iowa census and voter records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Iowa censuses in this article.
    FS—Iowa Census
  2. Learn about Iowa census records. Census Records for Iowa
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for Iowa state and county census records.
  4. Explore additional links for Iowa census records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Iowa census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  6. Learn about Iowa voting registers in this article.
    FS—Iowa Voting Registers


Goal 4: Learn about Iowa church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Iowa church records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Iowa church records in this article.
    FS—Iowa Church Records
  2. Learn about Iowa church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Iowa Church Records
  3. Explore additional links for Iowa church records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Iowa cemetery records.

Summary
  1. Explore Iowa cemetery records in this article.
    FS—Iowa Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for Iowa cemetery records.
  3. Search for Iowa cemetery records online.
  4. Explore Iowa cemetery records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for Iowa cemetery records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  6. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  7. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  8. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  9. See additional cemetery resources on the Iowa Linkpendium site.




Goal 5: Learn about Iowa emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about Iowa emigration and immigration.

Summary
  1. Learn about Iowa emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Iowa Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Iowa migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Iowa Migration
  3. Explore additional links for Iowa immigration records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 6: Learn about Iowa military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Iowa military records.

Summary
  1. Get an introduction to Iowa military records.
    Iowa Military Records
  2. Learn about Iowa military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Iowa Military Records
  3. Explore Iowa military records on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).
  4. Explore additional links for Iowa military records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Iowa military records on the Linkpendium site.
  6. Explore Iowa military resources on Cyndi's List.


Goal 7: Learn about Iowa probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Iowa probate, land and court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Iowa probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Iowa Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: Iowa Probate Records
  2. Learn about Iowa land and property records.
    FS—Iowa Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about Iowa land records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Iowa Land Records
  4. Explore additional links for Iowa probate records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for Iowa land records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Learn about Iowa court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Iowa court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Iowa Court Records
  2. Learn about Iowa court records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Iowa Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about Iowa maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Iowa maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Iowa maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Iowa Maps
  2. Learn about Iowa maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Iowa Maps
  3. Learn about Iowa gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Iowa Gazetteers

B. Explore Iowa maps and gaztteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Iowa maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Iowa.
  3. Explore historical Iowa maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Iowa maps.



Goal 9: Learn about Iowa newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Iowa newspapers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Iowa newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Iowa Newspapers
  2. Learn about Iowa newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: Iowa Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore Iowa newspapers.

Summary
  1. Search for Iowa historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search Iowa newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search Iowa newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Iowa newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore Iowa newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  6. See additional Iowa newspaper resources on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore additional links for Iowa newspapers and obituaries on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Iowa research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  5. Explore links in LDSGenealogy.com.


Goal 11: Search records from Iowa.


Choices:

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or Iowa County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for Iowa.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the Iowa Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your Iowa research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Iowa Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Iowa Genealogy page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the Iowa Genealogical Society page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the U.S. Midwest Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Iowa.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Iowa research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about Iowa research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Iowa research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Iowa research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Iowa research.

C. Learn about Iowa genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in Iowa in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Iowa Societies
  2. Explore the Iowa Genealogical Society site.
  3. Explore the State Historical Society of Iowa site.
  4. Explore Iowa genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




Iowa Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

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


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