As someone with substantial roots in Iowa on both sides of my family, I am grateful for a website that provides a lot of information about the state in one place. The Iowa Genweb Project, part of USGenWeb, is run by volunteers and provides free information for genealogists and family history researchers. UsGenWeb also provides links to the websites for other state projects.
On Iowa GenWeb, I can find maps of Iowa counties and a list of county coordinators. At the Sioux County link, I can view a surname index, find a list of cemeteries , see vintage photos, read some local history, and even click a link to see contemporary pictures of the Tulip Festival celebrating the region’s Dutch heritage. In addition, the Hamilton County link leads me to the Central Iowa Norwegian Project. Another link shows me how long birth, marriage, and death records have been kept in various counties, helping me know whether an in-person visit to a courthouse will be worthwhile. Obituaries are searchable by surname, and message boards provide a chance to ask questions. The Iowa Gravestone Project is where I usually start when trying to find Iowa gravestones, even if it now has some redundancy with find-a-grave. I’ve made some photo contributions myself and found a volunteer on the website who could help locate graves that hadn’t been uploaded yet.
Iowa GenWeb provides a wonderful website, but you can also navigate from there to the USGenWeb and World GenWeb projects if they have information you need. You can read about the history of the project or volunteer to help. Maybe you have some information of your own you’d like to submit. And yeah, Iowa really does look like that picture on the website’s main page … My pictures here really don’t do it justice.
Thankful Thursday is a weekly prompt from Geneabloggers that encourages family history bloggers to post about a person, resource, or family history tool that has had a positive impact on their lives.