The following persons utilize the facilities of the State Historical Society of Iowa Library and Archives, and engage in professional genealogical (and to a smaller degree historical) research. Areas of expertise follow each listing.
All arrangements for research must be made directly with individuals on the list. Patrons and researchers should have a clear written agreement in advance as to the nature of the work to be done, whether the patron will be billed on an hourly or an all-inclusive basis (and at what intervals), and who will be responsible for the researcher’s expenses.
Patrons should bear in mind that researchers charge for their time and cannot guarantee the outcome of their research efforts.
This list is provided as a service to State Historical Society of Iowa patrons. The State Historical Society of Iowa neither endorses the researchers on the list, nor assumes responsibility for the researchers’ availability, schedule of fees, or research results.
P.O. Box 1
Boone, IA 50036
Historical and genealogical research; licensed private investigator; forensic consultant.
Free-Lance Librarian/Private Investigator
Unit A, 4316 Lorcardo Dr, NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-2342
Missing persons (adoptees, birth families, lost loves, military friends etc.); genealogical/history research; licensed private investigator; M.A. in librarianship.
213 N. Linn St
Glenwood, IA 51534
Mills County, courthouse and newspaper research especially.
Katharine C. Dale
1251 White Oak Ave NE
Lisbon, IA 52253
(Iowa City Area)
Specializes in academic, professional and general research. Because there is more to research than Google.
2625 Vine St, Apt 102
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Wills, census, obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, cemetery, GAR records and land records
DBA Ever-After Enterprises
311 East 4th Ave
Indianola, IA 50125-2912
Over 30 years worth of freelance research experiences; VP of I.G.S. 2007-08; President of Warren County (IA) GS 2012-13; full-time researcher for Ancestry.com’s now-defunct ExpertConnect service. Subscribed to numerous genealogical/historical societies/libraries, with full access to related online databases; No project too large or too small; low rates. LOVE ROAD TRIPS!
1547 Thompson Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50316
Researches in American, Iowa, and local history; political and military historical research utilizing government documents, newspapers, and wide-ranging primary and secondary documents with extensive experience in Civil War research related to Iowa; experienced researcher on museum artifacts for exhibits. Master’s degree in history, published articles, many years’ experience as a teacher, professional experience as researcher and writer with the State Historical Society of Iowa.
2835 70th St #27
Urbandale, IA 50322-4812
Newspaper articles especially; Polk and surrounding county records research, photographing of grave stones, building and residences; will search online computer records (send SASE for more details, or contact me by email).
Columbia, MD 21044
I research all counties in Iowa; federal records; family trees; military records (i.e. Civil War, Revolutionary War); DNA projects; and Native American determination. Also location services, land, will/probate and much more. Review my excellent customer testimonials available on my web site.
Windsor Heights, IA 50324
Specializing in African-American funeral programs, historical and genealogical research.
1448 Thompson Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50316
Any type of genealogical research. Located in Polk County, but will travel, and can provide digital images of tombstones, buildings, etc.
Patrick H. Murray
4010 SE 3rd St.
Des Moines, IA 50315
Wills, census, obituaries and marriages. Photographs of headstones, all counties, specializing in Polk and Warren.
308 SW Diehl
Des Moines, IA 50315
Look ups for Warren and Polk Counties: cemeteries, funeral homes, family history, etc.
James W. Petty, AG, CG
P.O. Box 893
Salt Lake City, UT 84110
Professional genealogy research services. Full-time career professional genealogist (degreed/credentialed/APG member). 50 US states, 150 international countries: Europe, Canada, Latin; Ethnic, military, lineage societies; Native American, Irish/Italian citizenship, LDS, Jewish; Brickwalls, forensic genealogy, paleography, family reunions, certified Family Trees
John Taylor, President
Taylor & Hammel, LLC
1240 N Pitt St., Suite 200
Alexandra, VA 22314
P.O. Box 74
Emmetsburg, IA 50536
Professional genealogical researcher; member of the Association of Professional Genealogists; expert in Iowa, Midwest, and German immigrant ancestry.
Donna Marie Thomas
1019 Tekamah Lane
Papillion, NE 68046
Specializes in Audubon County, but willing to do southwest Iowa and Omaha, NE area research.
Laura A. Vannorsdel
517 W. Grove St.
Long Grove, IA 52756
General historical, object based and genealogy research; also available for exhibit script writing. Based in the Quad Cities, but willing to research in other locations. I have a BA in History and a Masters Degree in Historical Administration and Museum Studies. I also have three plus years of experience as a museum curator in a history museum.
209 Valley West Dr.
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Iowa newspaper research (24 years’ experience)
Iowa Genealogical Society
628 East Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 500309-1924
U.S. and Iowa census records, vital records, cemetery records, county and town histories, G.A.R. index, World War I draft cards, Old Age assistance lists, etc.