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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
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
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
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.

Sherry Foresman
2625 Vine St, Apt 102
West Des Moines, IA 50265
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
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’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!

Nick Hornyak
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).

Josh Jenkins
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.

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

Ricki King
950 65th
Windsor Heights, IA 50324
Specializing in African-American funeral programs, historical and genealogical research.

Robert Mapes
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.

Cris Nagla
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
Fax: 800-570-4049
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

Josiah Schmidt
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.

Richard Eugene Stimmel
115 W Pleasant St.
Maquoketa, IA 52060
Highways in Jackson County and information pertaining to Jackson County. Member, Jackson County Historical Society.

Donna Marie Thomas
1019 Tekamah Lane
Papillion, NE 68046
Fax: 402-339-0051
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.

Alice Hoyt Veen, CG
14998 Odessa Place
Bouton, Iowa 50039
Board-certified Genealogist specializing in Iowa/ Midwestern historical and genealogical research: all types of government records, military, newspapers, local on-site resources, cemetery photographs. Meticulous source-cited results: thoroughly documented reports, lineage applications, multi-generational compilations, genealogical and historical narratives. Member Board for Certification of Genealogists, Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, Iowa Genealogical Society.

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.

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