The following persons utilize the facilities of the State Historical Society of Iowa libraries, 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 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.
Professional Researchers List (02/01/2013)
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 Street
Glenwood, IA 51534
Mills County, courthouse and newspaper research especially.
Dale Curtice, Jr.
PO Box 1778
Des Moines, IA 50305-1778
Historical and Genealogical research; vital records and newspaper research, headstone pictures for Polk County, IA; specialty is south central Iowa counties.
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.
Sandra S. David, M.S. Ed.
500 6th Ave. North
Clinton, IA 52732
Clinton County (send SASE for more details and/or inquiries).
2625 Vine St.
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
Wills, census, obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, cemetery, GAR records and land records.
DBA Ever-After Enterprises
311 East 4th Avenue
Indianola IA 50125-2912
Home: (515) 961-8277
Cell: (515) 402-0337
Over 30 years of genealogical research experience; subscribed to numerous genealogical/ historical societies/libraries, with access to numerous Internet databases; large or small research requests welcome; 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 Street #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, Iowa 50324
Specializing in African-American historical and genealogical research.
1448 Thompson Avenue
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.
Donna Marie Thomas
1019 Tekamah Lane
Papillion, NE 68046
Audubon County (especially cemetery records).
Marc D. Thompson
708 Enfield Rd
Delray Beach, FL 33444-2625
Specialties include American, European and African-American genealogy. Member of Association of Professional Genealogists.
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 Avenue
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.