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Iowa Genealogy – Records and Links. This state page of our website provides direct links to major databases and historical titles and information found on Iowa Genealogy, whether they exist on our site, or across the web.

Iowa Atlases, Gazetteers, Maps, Plat Books, and Farm Directories

Huebinger’s Map and Guides

The Huebinger series of automotive publications were popular a century ago as adventurous motorists braved the primitive roads and uncertain terrain of Iowa and beyond. Noted landmarks on these road-maps include schools, houses, churches, piles of stumps, unusual rocks, cemeteries, and windmills. Today, these map collections are actually history books showing how towns and cities have developed, roads have changed, and some communities have disappeared.

Sate of Iowa

Iowa Biographies

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Story County, Iowa
The full manuscript contains a condensed history of the state of Iowa, a number of biographies of distinguished citizens of the state of Iowa, a descriptive history of Story county and 229 selected biographical sketches of the citizens of Story County, Iowa.

Ida County, Iowa Genealogy
Biographies specific to Ida County that were extracted from numerous sources.

Iowa Cemetery Records

Iowa Census Records

Iowa Directories

Iowa Genealogy Websites

United States Genealogy

United States GenWeb Project

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

American History and Genealogy Project

Buena VistaCalhounDelaware, Harrison, Linn, MononaMonroe, Pocahontas, SacWayne, Woodbury

Iowa History

  • IGS Certificates (Pioneer, Statehood & Century)
  • Annals of Iowa (1863-2014)
    A quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of history published by the State Historical Society of Iowa.
  • Irving Weber’s Iowa City History Articles
    In January 1973, at the age of 72, Irving Weber (1900-1997) began writing articles on local history for the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Over the next 25 years the paper published 850 of his weekly columns. Half of the columns were reprinted in eight volumes titled Irving Weber’s Iowa City. This digital collection provides the complete set of Weber’s newspaper columns, either in their original formats or as reprinted in the books.
  • Iowa Pioneer Lives
    Letters, diaries, and photographs documenting the lives of Iowa’s first white settlers, mid- to late-19th century

Iowa Land Records

  • U.S., Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1820-1908
    3,907 land management tract books containing official records of the land status and transactions involving surveyed public lands arranged by state and then by township and range. These books indicate who obtained the land, and include a physical description of the tract and where the land is located. The type of transaction is also recorded such as cash entry, credit entry, homesteads, patents (deeds) granted by the Federal Government, and other conveyances of title such as Indian allotments, internal improvement grants (to states), military bounty land warrants, private land claims, railroad grants, school grants, and swamp grants. Additional items of information included in the tract books are as follows: number of acres, date of sale, purchase price, land office, entry number, final Certificate of Purchase number, and notes on relinquishments and conversions.
  • Arizona Land Patents online. Index.

Iowa Locality Genealogical Records

Iowa Military Records

Iowa Native American Records

Iowa Vital Records

Iowa Yearbooks

  • Drake University Yearbooks 1901-1994
  • University of Iowa’s Hawkeye Yearbook 1892-1992
    Published from 1892 until 1992 (except for a brief interruption during the 1970s), The University of Iowa’s Hawkeye yearbook features student portraits, photographs of the campus, club and team information, and frequently a foreword by the administration. These documents highlight the continuity and change of life on The University of Iowa campus during late 19th and 20th centuries. Please note that from 1892-1946 the yearbook was a project of the junior class and therefore editions from that time were dated to reflect the class’s graduation year, not the year of publication.

United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955

3,907 land management tract books containing official records of the land status and transactions involving surveyed public lands arranged by state and then by township and range. These books indicate who obtained the land, and include a physical description of the tract and where the land is located. The type of transaction is also recorded such as cash entry, credit entry, homesteads, patents (deeds) granted by the Federal Government, and other conveyances of title such as Indian allotments, internal improvement grants (to states), military bounty land warrants, private land claims, railroad grants, school grants, and swamp grants. Additional items of information included in the tract books are as follows: number of acres, date of sale, purchase price, land office, entry number, final Certificate of Purchase number, and notes on relinquishments and conversions.

Iowa Death Records by County

Many experts recommend starting your research with the death records first. The death record is the most recent record, so it will more likely be available to you. Death records are kept in the state where your ancestor died, not where they were buried. However these...

Iowa Atlases, Farm Directories, and Plat Books for Each County

This collection contains digital atlases, farm directories, and plat books for all 99 Iowa counties. We have collated these from a variety of online sources, and provide them here as a single source for all online Iowa County Atlases, Farm Directories, and Plat Books.

WPA Iowa Graves Registration Survey

WPA - Work Projects Administration - 1930's Iowa Graves Registration Survey Adams County Iowa - WPA Grave Registration Audubon County Iowa - WPA Grave Registration Boone County Iowa - WPA Grave Registration Buchanan County Iowa - WPA Grave Registration Butler County...

Iowa World War 2 Casualties – Army, Air Force

This database contains War Department casualties (Army and Army Air Force personnel) from World War II for Iowa. Information provided includes serial number, rank and type of casualty. The birthplace or residence of the deceased is not indicated. An introduction explaining how the list was compiled, a statistical tabulation, and the descriptions of the types of casualties incurred are also included.

Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, 1785-1898

These township plat maps began with the Public Lands Survey in the United States initiated by the Land Ordinance Act of 1785, and this collection includes maps for all or parts of Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin. Maps were prepared from survey field notes taken by deputy surveyors and can include physical details and man-made improvements. They also indicate township and section lines, section numbers, acreage of holdings, and sometimes names of landholders.

Small Town Newspapers

Small Town Papers gives you free access to the people, places and events recorded in real time over the decades or even centuries! Browse and search the scanned newspaper archive from 1846 up to the current edition! Their archives contain millions of names of ancestors not found anywhere else. Enhance your Ancestry research with their high resolution scanned newspaper archive. Find distant relatives and discover your ethnic heritage by reading the articles about family and friends written back in the day.

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Story County, Iowa

The full manuscript contains a condensed history of the state of Iowa, a number of biographies of distinguished citizens of the state of Iowa, a descriptive history of Story county and 229 selected biographical sketches of the citizens of Story County, Iowa.

Woodland Complexes in Northeastern Iowa

This book, written by Wilfred D. Logan, an archeologist with many years of experience in the National Park Service, increases our understanding of the peoples whose burial mounds are preserved within the national monument and other sites in the surrounding locale. The volume presents data, not heretofore analyzed, from a large number of excavations in northeastern Iowa, and systematizes the material to develop a background against which to view the Effigy Mounds and the people who built them.

History of Kossuth, Hancock, and Winnebago Counties, Iowa

History of Kossuth, Hancock, and Winnebago Counties, Iowa together with sketches of their cities, villages and townships, educational, civil, military and political history; portraits of prominent persons, and 641 biographies of representative citizens. Also included is a history of Iowa embracing accounts of the pre-historic races, and a brief review of its civil and military history.

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