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Includes transcribed local census records, slave narratives, information about the Indian Tribes of North America, US Indian Census Rolls, as well as articles about DNA testing, military records, and acquiring vital records.
Site devoted to African American genealogy, researching African Ancestry in the Americas, and to genealogical research and resources. It is also an African Ancestry research community featuring a mailing list, message boards, and genealogy chats.
The digital collections of the National and Regional State Archives of Norway include transcribed and digitized censuses, parish records, property records, a selection of legal records, as well as genealogy collections.

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Makes available eleven million records of immigrants who arrived at the Port of New York from 1820-1892.
Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet. There are more than 180 categories covering counties, states, and world regions.

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"Since its founding in 1896, the DAR Library has grown into a specialized collection of American genealogical and historical manuscripts and publications, as well as powerful on-site databases. The DAR Library collection contains over 225,000 books, 10,000 research files, thousands of manuscript items, and special collections of African American, Native American, and women’s history, genealogy and culture. Nearly 40,000 family histories and genealogies comprise a major portion of the book collection, many of which are unique or available in only a few libraries in the country."

An online collection of over 88,000 rare maps from the 16th through 21st century, including maps of North and South America, as well as maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. Items range in date from about 1550 to the present.

Use this database to search for interments within the City of Des Moines' cemeteries. The search can use the cemetery, partial first and last names, and interment (burial) date range. The lookup includes interments from the following cemeteries: Glendale, Woodland and St. Ambrose, Laurel Hill, Oak Grove, Sims, and Elm Grove.

Created and maintained by the City of Des Moines Park and Recreation Department.

See a full listing of our print and digitized Des Moines city directories ranging in dates from 1866 - present.
Browse or search our digitized collection of high school yearbooks.
Offers digital access to large-scale maps of many Iowa communities. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods.

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Provides access to more than 65 million arrival records from 1820-1957, including original manifests, passenger records, and ship information.

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Includes checklists and forms useful to children or adults recording their family histories.
The Bureau of Land Management(BLM), General Land Office (GLO) Records Automation provides access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1788 and the present. Images of survey plats, field notes, land status records, and control document index records are also available.
Search or browse cemeteries and grave records for every-day and famous people from around the world.
The Freedmen’s Bureau was established to help transition nearly four million slaves from slavery to citizenship, providing food, housing, education, and medical care. And for the first time in U.S. history, the names of those individuals were systematically recorded and preserved for future generations.To help bring thousands of records to light, The Freedmen’s Bureau Project was created as a set of partnerships between FamilySearch International and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the California African American Museum. The names of nearly 1.8 million men, women and children are now searchable online. Requires the creation of a free FamilySearch.org username and password.

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This website has quick start guides, genealogical charts, a learning center, message boards, and more.

Non-profit organization that provides free access to searchable databases. Members receive additional benefits.

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"IAGenWeb is part of the USGenWeb Project, a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. The Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone." Information is broken down by county or by special projects.

Contains digitized family genealogies, U.S. Census Records, as well as numerous other topical resources available in multiple formats. Census index may be found at FamilySearch.org, which requires free registration.

Index to grave registrations from the Soldiers Relief Commission (Polk County, Iowa). The grave registrations contain information on United States military veterans buried in Iowa, ranging from Revolutionary War veterans (ca. 1835) to 1998. These records were acquired from the Iowa State Historical Society in Des Moines. Free registration with FamilySearch.org required.
"Church records have been kept in Iowa since the 1830s. Information from church records varies greatly, depending upon the denomination and the record keeper. Records may contain such information about members of the congregation as age, dates of baptism, christening, or birth, marriage information, wife’s maiden name, and death dates. Records may include names of other relatives who were witnesses at church events or members of the congregation. The members of some churches were predominately of one nationality or ethnic group. Knowing this may help you find the foreign town from which your ancestors immigrated."
The purpose of the Iowa Genealogical Society is to meet the educational needs of its members and the general public through the acquisition, preservation and dissemination of genealogical, historical and cultural information.
"The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum's mission is to honor and depict the military experience of Iowa citizens in all wars, homeland defense and Iowa service." It's library includes soldier records and over 5,000 military reference books for genealogical research. Free admission
Newspaper, magazine, and obituary indexes maintained by Des Moines Public Library reference librarians.
Trace your heritage across the pond with help from IrishGenealogy.ie. Civil, church, military, migration, census, and property records are freely searchable and a list of additional useful links is provided.

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines "enriches Jewish living through connection, education, and compassion. [They] coordinate and support the efforts of a diverse number of organizations and synagogues as well as offer a wide range of programs and services that address the needs of the Jewish community, both at home and abroad." The Jewish Federation has compiled a list of genealogy resources relevant to the Jewish community.

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The Sanborn map collection consists of a uniform series of large-scale maps, dating from 1867 to the present and depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of some twelve thousand cities and towns in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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The NARA's Resources for Genealogists hub provides information on accessing and acquiring resources in their collections to help fill out your family tree. Topics covered include getting started, preserving family records, finding military service records, prison records, researching ethnic heritage, and many others. 

Links to genealogy resources for ethnic heritage research: African-American, Asian, Australia and New Zealand, British Isles, Eastern European and Russian, French-Canadian, Hispanic: Central and South America, Mexico, Caribbean, and the West Indies, Jewish, Native American, and Western European.

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A free online site that includes message boards, a blog, family tree searches and hosted community websites.

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Quick reference guide to Scandinavian heritage research.

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A list of resources from the National Indian Law Library.

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The National Center for Health Statistics provides links to all U.S. states and territories for those who wish to request birth, death, marriage and/or divorce certificates.

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Volunteer run library with access to many archives and records to help you find your ancestors. Hours vary. Call before visiting.
Contains records of interest to Dutch family researchers, including mlitary, census, vital, and church records, as well as documentation from shipping companies, prisons, and hospitals. Family trees and biographies are also available.