The Accidental Revelations of Sanborn Maps - A Great Introduction

Des Moines, 1884 Sanborn Map from Library of Congress

Have you used the library's collection of Sanborn maps for family history research? They are a great resource for a family historian attempting to identify property owned by ancestors. Sanborn maps can also show the evolution of a city, including residences, businesses, schools, churches, and mining companies (a surprisingly popular topic)...

Iowa GenWeb

Into genealogy or just starting?  Then you should take a look at Iowa GenWeb.   It received a best website award from Family Tree Magazine.  There are all kinds of cool special projects being created on this site, including grave stone photos, orphan train info, and historical newspaper articles.  There are also message boards and research links.

Family Maps

We recently acquired some great maps for surrounding counties entitled Family Maps of Iowa, by Arphax Publishing.  These maps contain a treasure trove of information for local historians and genealogists.  Family Maps for the following counties are available:  Jasper, Madison, Story, and Warren.  Unfortunately, there is not one available&n


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