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Give credit: Be sure to credit the site you use as a source for your information

Complete Record Set:
a transcribed record that covers a defined period of time OR is a given scope of data.

Incomplete Record Set: something you have transcribed that is part of a larger complete set.

Note: Both types of record sets need to be searchable and on-site.

Transcribing a huge record such as a census, vital stats, etc can seem discouraging and unachievable.   Try chunking out your records by a time period, location or alphabetically which allows your work to be considered a complete record set.

Timing for Record Sets: New complete record-sets or incomplete record-sets are to be added to a project no less than once every six (6) months, with at least one complete record-set added yearly (Based on review dates). Both record sets may be complete record-sets, but both may not be incomplete record-sets.

Copyright: Use the Digital Copyright slider to see if you can use works without the author's permission: 
https://librarycopyright.net/resources/digitalslider/index.html

Note:
State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) records are open records.  HOWEVER, if the record was transcribed by someone at Family Search, Ancestry, etc, 
their permission is required. Images are not copyrighted. (effective July 2018 per C McDaniel)
Content Sources
Cemeteries
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Cemeteries are normally an ongoing project, but a very helpful incomplete data record.
A cemetery index is considered a complete record set when the cemetery:
  • is retired.
  • has been completely recorded as of a certain date.
Transcribe headstones/burial info to create a cemetery index.  IGPP or Find-a-Grave
Cemetery Contact Information -
Township trustees are typically the contact people for the rural cemeteries in their township. City government is normally responsible for city owned cemeteries.
Rural cemeteries: Find township trustee contact info from your county government site.
Census Records
  Archive.org
Ancestry.com (may require a subscription)

Transcribing a census can seem daunting, but if you chunk the records out by township, your work is considered a complete record set.
Iowa State Census for 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915 and 1925 Familysearch.org has images for these Iowa State censuses.
Iowa Mortality Schedules. Available for years 1850 – 1880 Family Search site for the year 1880  (Begins at film #007311075)
Poor Farms and/or County Homes for a specific census year Census records
Federal Census Archive.org has downloadable Federal Census images through 1930. You might consider transcribing or placing links on your site. Check out Cheryl Siebrass Cass County for an example:   http://iagenweb.org/cass/census/index.htm

1940 U.S. Census images are available at:  https://1940census.archives.gov/

Iowa Non Population Census Schedule  Family Search site
County Population Reports     IA State Gazetteer - Population Census Returns for the Year 1865

Lynn McCleary transcribed all counties for the years 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880
Church Records
Church records on Familysearch

U.S. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Church Records (1761 – 1969)
Familysearch.org

Ancestry.com (requires a subscription): https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60722/

Convicts
"Iowa, Consecutive Registers of Convicts, 1867-1970" Ancestry.com (requires a subscription)  https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60384/
County History

Biographical sketches, county histories, plat maps and more

Local libraries offer free resources. Many provide free access to historical records either remotely or on-site.  Resources may include Ancestry Library  Edition, American Ancestors, HeritageQuest online, Newspapers.com. Check the libraries website to see what is available. 

http://www.learnwebskills.com/patriot/countyhistories2.htm#ia

The Iowa Digital Library has lots of digital images which could be transcribed. The collection includes the county plat maps from the 1875 Andreas Atlas, and transcribing resident names from your county's plat map is certainly worthwhile.  There are also diaries, journals, letters, etc.

https://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/islandora/object/ui_root

Iowa State Gazetteer & Business Directory 1918 - 1919:   https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=wu.89073022550&view=1up&seq=17    

Annals of Iowa (1863-1884) (1893 – at least 2014) are on line and searchable:  https://ir.uiowa.edu/annals-of-iowa/

Iowa Historical Maps & Atlases - the images may be copyrighted but there are directories and landowners you can transcribe  


Iowa Counties Historic Atlases - hosted by U of IA digital library  


Archive.org
City Directories
Farm Directories

Library of Congress – has a huge digital collection:  https://www.loc.gov/collections/
Iowa Inventors & Their Patents (1843 – 2009)

Transcribe or Link to Davenport public library:  https://www.davenportlibrary.com/research-tools/patents

IA Daughters of the American Revolution 1891 - 1911 https://archive.org/details/iowadaughtersofa00daug/page/396/mode/2up
Medical & Surgical Directories of the State of Iowa 1876
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=chi.100924433&view=1up&seq=159

1878-79
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hn4gx2&view=1up&seq=77

1880-81
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hn4gx3&view=1up&seq=87

1886-87.
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015057718168&view=1up&seq=116
History of Iowa Medical Society
1850 - 1950
https://www.iowaheritage.org/items/show/90016
Underground Railroad in Iowa https://iowaculture.gov/history/research/collections/places-people/underground-railroad-iowa
Iowa Communities Past & Present  http://iagenweb.org/state/places.php
Historical Post Office Information Ancestry.com (requires a subscription)

In 1816, Congress authorized the publication of a list of all federal  employees every two years. It appeared in book form under the title /Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States./ The Oregon State Library, Salem, Oregon, has in its collection 77 volumes of registers for years ranging from 1863 to 1959 (noninclusive).(See the browse table for years available).

Registers include the name of each government employee, office held,  where employed, where born, whence appointed, and pay received, as well
as information regarding the Navy, such as names and conditions of all ships and vessels belonging to the United States and when and where they
were built.

https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2525

Upper right side of this page in Ancestry, see a Box titled "Browse this collection"
> Choose the year and then select Volume 2.
> For 1905 the Iowa the pages are:
> Post-Offices and Postmasters pg 103
> Clerks in Post Officepg 451
> Free-Delivery System pg 795
> Rural Free Delivery pg 1072
> Substitute Rural Free Delivery pg 1378
> Railway Mail Service RR Postal Clerkspg 11 & pg 1587
> Mail Messenger Servicepg pg 1715
> Mail Contractorspg pg 1751
> Electric & Cable Car Service pg 1766
> Regulation, Screen, or Other Wagon Service pg 1772
> Star Servicepg 1808
> Special Mail Service pg 1921
Century Farms https://centuryfarms.iowaagriculture.gov/
Land Records Bureau of Land Management has more than 500 million federal land title records dating back to 1810.
https://www.blm.gov/services/land-records
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps https://www.loc.gov/collections/sanborn-maps/?fa=location:iowa
Iowa Official Register aka "Redbook" Contains historical and biographical information about Iowa's governmental institutions and leaders as well as other information and statistics of a general nature.
https://www.legis.iowa.gov/archives/register
National Register of Historic Places https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalregister/database-research.htm
Iowa Ancestry, Genealogy, & Family History Family Search offers  an abuncance of information and records.  Scroll down to access it by clicking on Iowa in the  map at the following site:
https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Iowa,_United_States_Genealogy
OR
Use this link and change the county in the url to your county name:
https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Clinton_County,_Iowa_Genealogy
Community or Church Cookbooks A good way to find and publish additional surnames from the county.  Add recipes to count as incomplete records.
Court Records
https://www.judyrecords.com

The above site has case types that are particularly important for genealogy research like marriage, divorces, probate/estates, name changes, and adoption records.
•    marriage – 4,369,504 cases
•    divorce – 6,979,501 cases
•    estate – 4,968,717 cases
•    probate – 5,580,719 cases
•    name change – 2,900,354 cases
•    adoption – 77,157 cases
About 10 to 15 million new court cases are being added every month.
Bios of Iowa Lawyers The Courts and Legal Profession of Iowa, vol.2, by Chester C. Cole, 1907: https://archive.org/stream/courtslegalprofe02eber#page/1104/mode/2up/search/courts+and+legal+profession+of+iowa
1935 Divorce RecordsFamily Search link: https://www.familysearch.org/records/images/image-details?page=3&place=394000&rmsId=TH-1951-35895-19858-77&imageIndex=316
<https://www.familysearch.org/records/images/image-details?page=3&place=394000&rmsId=TH-1951-35895-19858-77&imageIndex=316>
Funeral Homes
List area Funeral Homes

Funeral Home Records
Include addresses & links to their web sites. Some sites have links to obituaries.

Family Search link:  Do a search for your county.  Example: funeral records for Dallas County were found at  
http://iagenweb.org/dallas/vitalrecords/death/funerals.html
IAGenWeb Sites
Our CC team has amazing content on their sites
Visit other IAGenWeb sites to get ideas
Maps

The Iowa Digital Library has lots of digital images which could be transcribed. The collection includes the county plat maps from the 1875 Andreas Atlas, and transcribing resident names from your county's plat map is certainly worthwhile.  There are also diaries, journals, letters, etc.

https://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/islandora/object/ui_root

Iowa Historical Maps & Atlases - the images may be copyrighted but there are directories and landowners you can transcribe

Iowa Counties Historic Atlases - hosted by U of IA digital library

Huebinger's Map for the River to River Road (1910)  Wonderful maps that even mark locations of schools and cemeteries near the road, vintage ads, some short historical articles, vintage photos, descriptions and plat maps of the various towns,  garages, hotels, etc.  NOTE:  Lynn McCleary & Conni McDaniel Hall have downloaded all of the images and are happy to share with you.


Military
Pension Rolls of 1883  
https://books.google.com/books?id=MqV4AAAAMAAJ&vq=Iowa&pg=PA648#v=snippet&q=Adair&f=false
Wars Iowans were involved in
https://www.iowanationalguard.com/SitePages/Index.aspx#

GAR registers

IA Dept of the GAR

Family Search site - Don’t freak out when you see the number of images as they are duplicated.  See a layout idea on the Jasper county site:  http://iagenweb.org/jasper/military/lynnville.htm

Contains biographies. The book is only 200 pgs. Search page by page to find ones that are connected to your county. 
Casualty Lists

Civil War Soldiers & Sailors

https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/soldiers-and-sailors-database.htm
Spanish American War
http://www.iowanationalguard.com/Museum/IA_History/SA_War_Phil_Insurrection.htm

http://www.spanamwar.com/Iowagraves.htm

51st Iowa Volunteers:
http://www.spanamwar.com/51stiowa.htm
with link to roster listing

51st Co. M
http://www.spanamwar.com/51iowaCompanyM.htm


51st Iowa Volunteers:
http://davidlovell.tripod.com/

49th Iowa Volunteers:
http://www.spanamwar.com/49thiowadeparts.htm

49th Roster:
http://www.spanamwar.com/49thiowaroster.htm

52nd Iowa Volunteers:
http://www.spanamwar.com/52ndiowa.htm#history

Vietnam War
Vietnam Virtual Wall site:
http://www.virtualwall.org/iPhot062.htm


Click on a soldier's bio, to see birth date, home town, date entered the service, casualty and incident information  and if the
body was recovered, etc.

WWI Google Docs Spreadsheet
   WWII
National WWII Memorial Registry   
Korean War https://www.archives.gov/files/research/military/korean-war/casualty-lists/ia-alpha.pdf
http://koreanwar.org/
Iowa’s M.I.A. & P.O.W. site for Vietnam, Korean, Persian Gulf & Cold Wars
http://www.icwest.com/tc/iamiapow.htm
War of 1812
http://www.iowa1812.org/veterans/1812_county_2016_02_14.htm
Naturalization Records
http://www.archives.gov/kansas-city/finding-aids/subject-list.html

The National Archives (www.archives.gov)
There are multiple Iowa holdings; be sure to scroll down the entire page.

Newspaper Articles
Suggestions:

A “Year in Review” section in old newspapers. Provides historical information.

County History – (Per Bill Waters, he finds digitized newspapers contain enough information about his county to keep busy for the rest of his life.)

Early Settlers Associations

List of graduates from public, private schools and colleges.

Engagement, marriage,
anniversary & birth announcements
Library of Congress Chronicling America collection: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/

Advantage Preservation: http://advantage-preservation.com/SiteDirectory?state=Iowa

List of Iowa Online Newspapers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_online_newspaper_archives#Iowa

Newspapers.com (Requires a subscription)

Iowa Online Historical Newspapers https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/ia

Iowa Newspapers & Obituaries sponsored by LDS Genealogy      





Obituaries
Transcribe obits to add to your county’s obituary board.

Create an index to place as an on-site record set.  (Depending how on you choose to organize the data, it could be considered either a complete or incomplete record set.)

Postcards
David Shedlock’s Post card collection https://www.ebay.com/str/refriedjeans/Iowa/_i.html?_storecat=700355619
Schools
High School graduates Look at old newspapers in late May and early June for a list of graduating seniors from area high schools.
Local town Facebook sites. Ask if someone could provide a list of graduates.
High School reunions Search old newspapers
Rural Schools
https://museum.library.uni.edu/collections/rural-schools
Yearbooks Most local libraries have school annuals.
Social Security Death Index
MyHeritage.com 
Ancestry.com (requires subscription)
Family Search:
https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1202535
Vital Records
Births Familysearch.org

Iowa birth records 1904 - 1906 and 1909 -  June 1921:
State Historical Society of Iowa
https://iowaculture.gov/history/research/collections/vital-records
Marriages

Familysearch.org

Deaths
Familysearch.org has digitized death records on line. https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2531337

The Iowa Historical Society has digitized death records on line

Add complete record sets by arranging and adding your data by year.   

Notable On-line Sites 
These sites also offer a variety of items for Iowa CountiesFamilysearch.org

Ancestry.com

HathiTrust
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/ls?field1=ocr;q1=State%20of%20Iowa;a=srchls;lmt=ft
- This link is for 'State of Iowa', change search term for a specific county.

Iowa.gov digital resources
https://iowaculture.gov/history/research/collections/digital-resources - Various digital resources & links to other resources. (Lincoln letters, children's diaries, etc.)

Library of Congress, Chronicling America 1777 to 1925
https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/pages/results/?state=Iowa&date1=1777&date2=1925&proxtext=&x=14&y=15&dateFilterType=yearRange&rows=20&searchType=basic
- Newsppaper images

Library of Congress, 1800-1899 Items available online
https://www.loc.gov/search/?dates=1800/1899&q=Iowa  Wide variety of items available

Iowa Digital Library
https://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/islandora/search/iowa?type=edismax  - Maps & Images, use tools along the left side to select a time period or other
option.

American Memory from the Library of Congress  Search Page
https://memory.loc.gov/ammem/hlawquery.html   - House & Senate Documents, can view original docs, change 'return' qty to 10000 or more to view all.

Need Access to a subscription only website?  Mary Schwanke recommends the following: "I tell people to check with their local library and see if they offer free access to resources like HeritageQuest, Ancestry, etc. I can access many from the comfort of my home using my library card, some you need to access from the library, and not all libraries offer this but it is worth a check!"
updated 8/23/2021 cbm