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An index to over 44,000 early pioneers named in 120 Iowa county histories is:  
 
An index to over 44,000 early pioneers named in 120 Iowa county histories is:  
  
*''Biographical Index to the County Histories of Iowa'' <ref>Morford, Charles. ''Biographical Index to the County Histories of Iowa''. Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, 1979. (Family History Library {{FHL|55692|title-id|disp=book 977.7 D32m}})</ref>
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*Morford, Charles. ''Biographical Index to the County Histories of Iowa''. Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, 1979. {{FHL|55692|item|disp=book 977.7 D32m}}
  
 
A similar index with about 8,000 names is:  
 
A similar index with about 8,000 names is:  
  
*''Iowa Biography Index''Foresman, Sherry.''<ref>''Iowa Biography Index''. Menlo, Iowa: State of Iowa Lending and Research Library, 1986. (Family History Library {{FHL|583062|title-id|disp=book 977.7 D22i; fiche 6125666}}) </ref>''
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*''Iowa Biography Index''. Menlo, Iowa: State of Iowa Lending and Research Library, 1986. {{FHL|583062|item|disp=book 977.7 D22i; fiche 6125666}}
  
 
The [http://www.state.ia.us/government/dca/shsi/ State Historical Society] in Des Moines and the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library] have three important biography collections about Iowa residents:  
 
The [http://www.state.ia.us/government/dca/shsi/ State Historical Society] in Des Moines and the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library] have three important biography collections about Iowa residents:  
  
*''Citizens Historical Association'' <ref>''Citizens Historical Association'' (Indianapolis, Indiana). Biographical Sketches of Iowans. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976. (Family History Library {{FHL|49887|title-id|disp=films 985407–409}}) </ref>These sketches are alphabetical and were compiled between 1938 and the 1940s.  
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*''Citizens Historical Association'' (Indianapolis, Indiana). Biographical Sketches of Iowans. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976. {{FHL|49887|item|disp=FHL films 985407–409}}. These sketches are alphabetical and were compiled between 1938 and the 1940s.  
*''Biographical Data Collection'' <ref>Iowa. State Department of History and Archives. ''Biographical Data Collection''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978. (Family History Library {{FHL|409051|title-id|disp=films 1023885–89 and 1023620}}.)</ref> This collection consists of alphabetical personal-history surveys.  
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*Iowa. State Department of History and Archives. ''Biographical Data Collection''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978. {{FHL|409051|item|disp=films 1023885–89 and 1023620}}. This collection consists of alphabetical personal-history surveys.  
*''Biography Files'' <ref>Iowa. State Department of History and Archives. ''Biography Files''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978. (Family History Library {{FHL|409055|title-id|disp=films 1023616 item 2}} and –{{FHL|409055|title-id|disp=191023617)}} </ref>These files are alphabetized folders of newspaper clippings and correspondence.'
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*Iowa. State Department of History and Archives. ''Biography Files''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978. {{FHL|409055|item|disp=FHL films 1023616 item 2 and film 191023617}}. These files are alphabetized folders of newspaper clippings and correspondence.'
  
 
'''Two representative biographical encyclopedias are:'''  
 
'''Two representative biographical encyclopedias are:'''  
  
*''A Memorial and Biographical Record of Iowa'' <ref>''A Memorial and Biographical Record of Iowa''. Two volumes. Reprint of 1896 edition, Marceline, Missouri: Walsworth Publishing Co., 1978. (Family History Library {{FHL|277397|title-id|disp=book 977.7 D3m; film 1033791 items 2–3; fiche 6051365 also film 934926 item 6.)}}</ref>
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*''A Memorial and Biographical Record of Iowa''. Two volumes. Reprint of 1896 edition, Marceline, Missouri: Walsworth Publishing Co., 1978. {{FHL|277397|item|disp=FHL book 977.7 D3m; film 1033791 items 2–3; fiche 6051365 also film 934926 item 6.}}  
*''Biographies and Portraits of the Progressive Men of Iowa: Leaders in Business, Politics and the Professions, Together with an Original and Authentic History of the State'' <ref>Gue, Benjamin F., and Benjamin Franklin Shambaugh. ''Biographies and Portraits of the Progressive Men of Iowa: Leaders in Business, Politics and the Professions, Together with an Original and Authentic History of the State''. Two volumes. Des Moines, Iowa: Conaway and Shaw, 1899. (Family History Library {{FHL|166616|title-id|disp=book 977.7 D3b; film 934927 items 2–3; fiche 6051353)'}}</ref>
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*Gue, Benjamin F., and Benjamin Franklin Shambaugh. ''Biographies and Portraits of the Progressive Men of Iowa: Leaders in Business, Politics and the Professions, Together with an Original and Authentic History of the State''. Two volumes. Des Moines, Iowa: Conaway and Shaw, 1899. {{FHL|166616|item|disp=FHL book 977.7 D3b; film 934927 items 2–3; fiche 6051353}}
  
 
'''The following gazetteer contains biographical information:''' Hair, James T., Iowa State Gazetteer. (Cited fully in [[Iowa Gazetteers]].) See also [[United States Genealogy]] and [[United States History]] for helpful nationwide indexes such as:  
 
'''The following gazetteer contains biographical information:''' Hair, James T., Iowa State Gazetteer. (Cited fully in [[Iowa Gazetteers]].) See also [[United States Genealogy]] and [[United States History]] for helpful nationwide indexes such as:  
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*Biography and Genealogy Master Index (for prominent persons).
 
*Biography and Genealogy Master Index (for prominent persons).
  
=== Family History Library ===
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=== Family History Library ===
  
 
The Family History Library has many biographical publications and histories with biographical information. They are generally listed in the the Place Search feature on catalog drop down menu of the [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog%7C Family History Library Catalog] to find more records under:  
 
The Family History Library has many biographical publications and histories with biographical information. They are generally listed in the the Place Search feature on catalog drop down menu of the [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog%7C Family History Library Catalog] to find more records under:  
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::*IOWA, [COUNTY] - HISTORY
 
::*IOWA, [COUNTY] - HISTORY
  
== Online Resources ==
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== Online Resources ==
  
 
*[http://iagenweb.org/history/history/index.htm Iowa History Special Project] - Their mission is to "To place on-line as many out of copyright publications pertaining to all areas of Iowa history." This includes biographical sketches found in many publications.  
 
*[http://iagenweb.org/history/history/index.htm Iowa History Special Project] - Their mission is to "To place on-line as many out of copyright publications pertaining to all areas of Iowa history." This includes biographical sketches found in many publications.  
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/scripts/data/database.cgi?file=Data&report=BioLocation&pagename=1bio&SearchTerm=Iowa Iowa Biographies (1500 as of Oct 2008)]
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/scripts/data/database.cgi?file=Data&report=BioLocation&pagename=1bio&SearchTerm=Iowa Iowa Biographies (1500 as of Oct 2008)]
  
== Sources and Footnotes ==
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== Sources and Footnotes ==
  
 
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[[Category:Iowa|Biography]]
 
[[Category:Iowa|Biography]]

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Biographies

Biographies provide useful genealogical information, such as an individual's birth date and place (including foreign birthplace, where applicable); names of family members; wife's maiden name; parents' names; occupation and education; and social, political, and religious affiliation. They may also contain a physical description, previous residences, and immigration information. Biographies are the product of family knowledge or previous research often compiled about the early settlers and prominent citizens of the state, county, or town. Many lesser-known individuals may have biographical sketches written about them, especially in local histories.

  • Eichholz, Alice, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources. Rev. ed. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992. FHL book 973 D27rb 1992; Contains bibliographies and background information on history and ethnic groups. Also contains maps and tables showing when each county was created.
  • William John. Iowa History Reference Guide. Iowa City, Iowa: State Historical Society of Iowa, 1952. FHL book 977.7 A3p. This bibliography includes sections about American Indians, immigration, land, government, courts, military, schools, churches, businesses, history, and biographies. It is arranged by subject and has an index.
  • Dawson, Patricia and David Hudson. Iowa History and Culture: A Bibliography of Materials Published Between 1952 and 1986. Ames, Iowa. State Historical Society of Iowa, 1986. FHL book 977.7 H23d. This book supplements the book mentioned above. For a supplement covering 1987–1991, see the Annals of Iowa (1993).

Pioneer Biographies

An index to over 44,000 early pioneers named in 120 Iowa county histories is:

  • Morford, Charles. Biographical Index to the County Histories of Iowa. Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, 1979. book 977.7 D32m

A similar index with about 8,000 names is:

The State Historical Society in Des Moines and the Family History Library have three important biography collections about Iowa residents:

  • Citizens Historical Association (Indianapolis, Indiana). Biographical Sketches of Iowans. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976. FHL films 985407–409. These sketches are alphabetical and were compiled between 1938 and the 1940s.
  • Iowa. State Department of History and Archives. Biographical Data Collection. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978. films 1023885–89 and 1023620. This collection consists of alphabetical personal-history surveys.
  • Iowa. State Department of History and Archives. Biography Files. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978. FHL films 1023616 item 2 and film 191023617. These files are alphabetized folders of newspaper clippings and correspondence.'

Two representative biographical encyclopedias are:

The following gazetteer contains biographical information: Hair, James T., Iowa State Gazetteer. (Cited fully in Iowa Gazetteers.) See also United States Genealogy and United States History for helpful nationwide indexes such as:

  • Family Finder Index.
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index (for prominent persons).

Family History Library

The Family History Library has many biographical publications and histories with biographical information. They are generally listed in the the Place Search feature on catalog drop down menu of the Family History Library Catalog to find more records under:

  • IOWA - BIOGRAPHY
  • IOWA, [COUNTY] - BIOGRAPHY
  • IOWA, [COUNTY] - HISTORY

Online Resources

Sources and Footnotes