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Professional Researchers List

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.

Larry Adams
P.O. Box 1
Boone, IA 50036
515- 432-1931
ladams@opencominc.com
Historical and genealogical research; licensed private investigator; forensic consultant.

Karen Alderson
Free-Lance Librarian/Private Investigator
Unit A, 4316 Lorcardo Dr, NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-2342
319-393-5829
alderson@netins.net
Missing persons (adoptees, birth families, lost loves, military friends etc.); genealogical/history research; licensed private investigator; M.A. in librarianship.

Beverly Boileau
213 N. Linn St
Glenwood, IA 51534
717-527-5819
boileaugenes@aol.com
Mills County, courthouse and newspaper research especially.

Katharine C. Dale
1251 White Oak Ave NE
Lisbon, IA 52253
(Iowa City Area)
319-594-3914
kdale@daleresearch.com
www.daleresearch.com
Specializes in academic, professional and general research. Because there is more to research than Google.

Sherry Foresman
2625 Vine St, Apt 102
West Des Moines, IA 50265
515-270-1399
SFore58399@aol.com
Wills, census, obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, cemetery, GAR records and land records

Denise Gripp
DBA Ever-After Enterprises
311 East 4th Ave
Indianola, IA 50125-2912
Home: 515-961-8277
gripper5@mchsi.com
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!

David Holmgren
1547 Thompson Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50316
Home: 515-266-0113
Cell: 515-778-8910
Dgholmgren@hotmail.com
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.

Nick Hornyak
2835 70th St #27
Urbandale, IA 50322-4812
515-421-0754
glossamir@yahoo.com
www.homestead.com/frelik/westover.html
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).

Josh Jenkins
AncestorStalker
Columbia, MD 21044
www.ancestorstalker.com
services@ancestorstalker.com
443-280-9785
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.

Jack Lufkin
613 34th Place
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Will research Iowa and community history

Ricki King
950 65th
Windsor Heights, IA 50324
kingricki@inlivingmemory.org
515-779-4394
Specializing in African-American funeral programs, historical and genealogical research.

Robert Mapes
1448 Thompson Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50316
515-265-3694
Rgmapes@mchsi.com
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
515-285-7165
pat.murray@msn.com
Wills, census, obituaries and marriages. Photographs of headstones, all counties, specializing in Polk and Warren.

Cris Nagla
308 SW Diehl
Des Moines, IA 50315
515-897-1690
lilith4evr@yahoo.com
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
800-570-4049
Fax: 800-570-4049
jwp@heirlines.com
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
703-822-4658
www.taylorhammel.com
johntaylor@taylorhammel.com

Josiah Schmidt
P.O. Box 74
Emmetsburg, IA 50536
937-825-6049
josiahschmidt@gmail.com
http://www.SchmidtGen.com
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
402-880-5506
Fax: 402-339-0051
donna424@cox.net
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
785-764-0632
historicalresearch@vannorsdel.com
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.

Helen Whannel
209 Valley West Dr.
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Home: 515-225-3178
Cell: 515-339-5356
helenjwh@dwx.com
Iowa newspaper research (24 years’ experience)

Iowa Genealogical Society
628 East Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 500309-1924
515-276-0287
igs@iowagenealogy.org
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.

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