Although the state of Iowa draws its name from the Ioway tribe of American Indians, it was also a home to colonists from New France, as well as farmers who made it part of the Corn Belt.
Whether your Iowa ancestors were European explorers or arrived with westward settlers, our upcoming Iowa Genealogy Crash Course webinar by Diana Crisman Smith and Gary Smith will answer all your questions about Hawkeye State heritage.
Diana and Gary let slip these “preview” tips from the webinar to share with you:
• Iowa is the 29th state, attaining statehood in December 1846. Birth and marriage records began in 1880 and death records in 1891. There are some online indexes (and even record images) you can use from home—at least to get enough information to request original records. We’ll help you use these online sources, and tell you where to go for the originals.
• Iowa is one of the lucky states with great state censuses. In the webinar, we’ll talk about when they were taken, what information they include, where to find them, and how to use them. You’ll see examples of one of the greatest censuses in the country (in our opinions:) and the three pages of information on each enumerated individual.
• Land has always been one of Iowa’s most important assets. The first sale of most land was from the federal government to individuals. Using the Bureau of Land Management’s General Land Office database and other sources, we’ll show you how to find land records and what they mean to your research.
• The Iowa Genealogical Society is large and active. We’ll have some tips on researching using the society’s library in Des Moines. If you have Iowa roots, this is one society you should join.
The Iowa Genealogy Crash Course webinar takes place Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. ET (that’s 6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT and 4 p.m. PT). Once you’re registered, you’ll receive access to view the recorded webinar again as many times as you want, a PDF copy of the presentation slides and 12 pages of additional handouts that’ll help you find Iowa ancestors.
Sign up for the Iowa Genealogy Crash Course now to save $10 with our early bird discount!