The full text of this article is available to Plus members only.
For full access to all of our articles, please Join or Log In.
Not a Plus Member?
State Research Guide: Iowa
Plow through your research in the Hawkeye State.
Hear “Iowa,” and if you're like most people, corn comes to mind. After all, it's no secret the state, with its rolling, fertile hills, is tops in corn and runner-up in soybean production. But the Hawkeye State is more than farms: Historically, it's led the nation in education and women's rights. An October 1884 Annals of Iowa article boasts about the state's high number of schoolhouses and excellent attendance record, as well its progressive attitude toward women. Its author, citing the 1880 US census, claims more than 80,000 Iowa women worked outside the home. And Iowan Carrie Chapman Cart began crusading for suffrage in 1900.

She's in the company of well-known musicians, writers, actors and political figures, including painter Grant Wood, comedian Johnny Carson, western movie star John Wayne, first lady Mamie Eisenhower and frontiersman Buffalo Bill Cody. As the highway signs say, Iowa offers “fields of opportunities” — not only for farmers and other natives, but also for genealogists.

Fields of dreams

To continue reading this article
Share |
Did you enjoy this article?
Please share it!
Recent Blog Posts »
Recent Articles »

Free Genealogy Downloads

Historical Maps of Europe Premium Collection
When you buy the Historical Maps of Europe Premium Collection, you'll get the brand new Family Tree Historical Maps Book: Europe, as well as an assortment of other incredible tools to trace you ancestors back to the home country and visualize the world in which they lived--in full color.
Only available in March, this collection has a retail value of $197.95, but is yours this month only for $59.99!

They're going fast - get yours today!

©  F+W All rights reserved.