Search billions of records on Ancestry.com
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

IOWA

 

United States

 

 

 

 

An Introduction

Gen-Tool Kit

Surnames

 

 

Our Ancestral Counties

County Research Links

Internet Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State Flag

introduction

Introduction

 

State Seal

 

 

 

     Iowa is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States of America, an area often referred to as the "American Heartland." It derives its name from the Ioway people, one of the many American Indian tribes that occupied the state at the time of European exploration.  Des Moines is Iowa's capital and largest city.  Iowa was a part of the French colony of New France. After the Louisiana Purchase, settlers laid the foundation for an agriculture-based economy in the heart of the Corn Belt.   Iowa is often known as the "Food Capital of the World,” but Iowa’s economy, culture, and landscape are diverse.

     The first American settlers officially moved to Iowa in June 1833. Primarily, they were families from Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. On July 4, 1838, the U.S. Congress established the Territory of Iowa. President Martin Van Buren appointed Robert Lucas governor of the territory, which at the time had 22 counties and a population of 23,242.  Almost immediately after achieving territorial status, a clamor arose for statehood. On December 28, 1846, Iowa became the 29th state in the Union when President James K. Polk signed Iowa's admission bill into law.

 

 

 

 

 

gen tool

Gen-Tool Kit

-kit

 

GENEALOGICAL ARCHIVES

  • Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, 210 Parkside Drive, West Branch, IA 52358; 319-643-5301
  • State Historical Society of Iowa Research Library, 402 Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52240
    The second largest research collection in the state is located at the Iowa City branch of the State Historical Society's research facilities. Holdings include local, state and national histories, biographies, government documents, and current historical periodicals not all identical to the facility at Des Moines. Microfilm holdings are loaned between the collections. Of specific interest to genealogists are county histories, census data, cemetery records, atlases, and plat books. Iowa newspapers, beginning in 1836, can be found in 10,000 bound volumes and 12,000 microfilm rolls (microfilm available on interlibrary loan). Fire insurance maps include more than 700 Iowa communities. Over 100,000 photographic images can be located by standard subject headings, geographical designations, or the portrait index.
  • State Historical Society of Iowa Library, Capitol Complex, Des Moines, IA 50319
    This state-wide organization encompasses all the state historical operations including the historical libraries; State Archives (including manuscript, maps, school and institutional records, and photographs); museum; and membership and development of publications. The extensive holdings of the research library at the Des Moines location are the largest in the state. The staff is very responsive to written request for general information.
  • National Archives; Central Plains Region, Kansas City, 2312 East Bannister Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64131-3011; Email: kansascity.archives@nara.gov; Phone: 816-268-8000

Source: Family History 101 States

HISTORICAL & GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES 

Source: Family History 101 States

STATE LIBRARY

State Library of Iowa

Old Babcock Miller Building, 1112 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50319-0233
515-281-4105; 1-800-248-4483; Fax:  515-281-6191
E-mail:  Annette Wetteland, Communications Specialist, State Library or Carol Simmons, Secretary to the State Librarian

Source: State Library Web Sites

 

HISTORICAL PLACES

 

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

Source: National Register of Historical Places

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surnames

 

 

The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases,

as having been either born, married or died in this location.

 

 

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

 

 

 

 

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families

 

Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

 

 

To find out more about each surname listed above click on the corresponding LINK.

Additional information regarding these surnames may also be found at:

  Surname Locator Resources

 

 

Free Genealogy Surname

Search Help from Google

 

 

 

This free genealogy site to help you get the best genealogy searches from Google™ by using your family tree, for your research. It will create a series of different searches using tips or   "tricks"   that    will   likely  

improve your results. The different searches will give you many different ways of using Google and the Internet to find ancestry information about this or any other Surname.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Ancestral Counties

 

The following named counties are associated with the history of our DIRECT ancestors.   To select a specific ancestral county, click on the following link. Here you will find additional links to our county pages where you can obtain information about our family gen-sites, images of localities, and surnames of persons, in our database, who have lived in the selected county.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use this LINK to find out more about the locations listed above.

ANCESTRAL LOCATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County 
Research 
Links

 

Click on the image of this U.S. State to View a map of all county locations.

 

The links below may assist you with your research within the various counties of this state.

Genealogical County

Research Links

Source: USGenWeb

 

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;   Jones;   Johnson;   Keokuk;   Kossuth;    Lee;   Linn;   Louisa;   Lucas;   Lyon;   Madison;   Mahaska;   Marion;   Marshall;   Mills;   Mitchell;   Monona;   Monroe;   Montgomery;   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

 

General County

Research Links

Source:  Wikipedia

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internet
Resources

 

 

 

The Google search engine

 button  and following web

sites    may     provide    you

with additional information

to assist with your research

about   this   U. S.   State. 

 

 

GENERAL RESOURCES

 

 

 

·           Website & Webpages We Like

·           Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

·           Free Genealogy Search Help For Google

·           Linkpendium > Genealogy > USA

·           Genealogy Gateway

·           Ancestry.com (Reference Materials & Finding Aids)

·           Ancestry.com - Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

·           GenealogyLinks.net

·        Cyndi's List - United States Index

·        IGI Batch Numbers - British Isles & North America

·        Libweb - Libraries on the Web

·        50states.com - States and Capitals

·        RootsWeb Town Search 1.0

·        USA Resources at RootsWeb

·        StateGenSites - U.S. Genealogy Sites by State

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCATION SPECIFIC

·Iowa - Wikipedia

·Iowa State Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

 

 

Email

Snail Mail:

Fred
889 Dante Ct.
Mantua, NJ 08051

USA

Email

Pony Express:

Tom
27 Christopher Dr.
Burton, NB E2V3H4
Canada