By Sue Randolph-Neikirk
Iowa became part of the United States after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803Iowa was admitted to the union as the 29th state on Dec. 28, 1846.
Native American groups in Iowa: the Sauk (Sac) and Meskwaki (Fox) on the eastern edge of Iowa along the Mississippi; the Ioway along the bank of the Des Moines River; the Oto, Missouri, and Omaha along the Missouri River, and the Sioux in the Northern and Western parts of the State. The early and mid-19th century saw the movement of additional groups of Native Americans into Iowa, such as the Potawatomi and Winnebago, followed by the emigration from Iowa of nearly all Native Americans.
Iowa Vital Records Genealogy Search Guidelines and Requirements (iowa.gov)
Iowa State Archives: State Archives | IDCA (iowaculture.gov)
Iowa Newspapers: Iowa Digital Newspaper Project | IDCA (iowaculture.gov)
Some more Iowa Newspapers: Iowa History Special Project (iagenweb.org)
County and Town Histories: Online County and Town Histories (learnwebskills.com) If you are lucky enough to find one of these for your county or town you may have a biography about your family. You may get to know where your family was from, photos of the streets and buildings they walked.
And more newspapers…Can you get any more lucky? The State on Newspapers.com $
City Directories 1892 Farmers Index for Southwest Iowa Counties (rootsweb.com)
Sometimes you need to get away from your genealogy addiction, but not too far away, and read a book. I discovered this fiction set in Iowa and it looks really great. I may have to get it for myself. Your Iowa Grandmother’s Recipe Book: Gatling, Rachael: 9781312163850: Amazon.com: Books
Okay, back to work. This book is a bit pricey so you can go to your local library and check if they can get it either for their collection or an intrelibrary loan. German Settlers of Iowa: Their Descendants and European Ancestors, revised edition: Palen, Margaret Krug: 9781556139819: Amazon.com: Books
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