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== [http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/united_states/iowa_90.jpg Iowa Maps]  ==
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Iowa|Iowa]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Iowa Maps'' <br>
  
Several types of maps are useful for genealogists. Some maps give historical background of the area or show migration routes, such as roads, rivers, and railroads. Topographical, Plat, Land ownership maps plus many others are described in the [[United States Maps|Maps]] section of the United States Research Outline. Many maps are in published atlases.&nbsp;
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== Iowa Maps ==
  
=== Internet Sources  ===
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Several types of maps are useful for genealogists as they search information in [http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/united_states/iowa_90.jpg Iowa]. Some maps give historical background of the area or show migration routes, such as roads, rivers, and railroads. Topographical, Plat, Land ownership maps plus many others are described in the [[United States Maps|Maps]] for the United States. Many maps are in published atlases.
  
<br>The [http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/iowa/ David Rumsey Map Collection] contains an extensive collection of historical atlases, maps, and other antique cartographic treasures.  
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*[http://ftp2.census.gov/geo/maps/general_ref/us_base/stco2003/stco2003.pdf United States Census Bureau State and County Map]. This map will allow you to zoom in on any state or county in the United States and read the names of all of the neighboring counties.
  
=== County Atlases  ===
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*Eichholz, Alice, ed. ''Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.'' <ref> Eichholz, Alice, ed. ''Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.''  Rev. ed. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992. {{FHL|611946|item|disp=FHL book 973 D27rb 1992}}. </ref> Contains bibliographies and background information on history and ethnic groups. Also contains maps and tables showing when each county was created.
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=== Atlases  ===
  
 
Atlases for most Iowa counties begin about 1870 and may contain some biographical information about families in that county. Sometimes they include pictures of individuals and their homes and farms.<br>  
 
Atlases for most Iowa counties begin about 1870 and may contain some biographical information about families in that county. Sometimes they include pictures of individuals and their homes and farms.<br>  
  
=== City Ward Maps&nbsp; ===
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*''Atlas of the State of Iowa''. <ref> ''Atlas of the State of Iowa''. N.p.: Huebinger, 1904. {{FHL|46639|item|disp=FHL film 966236 item 1}} </ref>
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*The [http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/maps/ University of Iowa] and Iowa State University have wide ranging map collections for the state. Iowa maps and atlases are listed in the Locality.
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=== City Ward Maps  ===
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=== County Maps  ===
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*There are maps that have been taken from County Histories. ''Maps Taken from County Histories, etc. and Filed Separately at the Iowa State Historical Society.'' <ref>  ''Maps Taken from County Histories, etc. and Filed Separately at the Iowa State Historical Society.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976. FHL|112217|item|disp=FHL film 989450 item 8}} </ref>
  
 
=== GPS Coordinates  ===
 
=== GPS Coordinates  ===
  
There are many places to find the GPS Coordinates of a location, cemetery, township, city, etc. One easy website to use is from the [http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)].  
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*There are many places to find the GPS Coordinates of a location, cemetery, township, city, etc. One easy website to use is from the [http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)].
  
=== <br>Historical Maps and Atlases  ===
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=== Historical Maps and Atlases  ===
  
*A few maps of early Mormon and other pioneer trails are available at the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&keyword=IOWA+MAPS+MORMON&prekeyword=IOWA+MAPS+MORMON Family History Library].  
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*The [http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/iowa/ David Rumsey Map Collection] contains an extensive collection of historical atlases, maps, and other antique cartographic treasures.
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanborn_Mapsctions/fire_maps.html Fire Insurance Maps] provide a wonderful view of your ancestor's life. The Library of Congress has [http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/trr016.html Sanborn Maps]. Iowa Sanborn maps for over 1,000 cities and towns are available online to University of Iowa students and State Library card holders. A list of the maps is available to download through the [http://www.iowahistory.org/libraries/research_collections/special_collections/fire_maps.html State Historical Society of Iowa].<br>
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*Andreas, A. T. ''Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Iowa, 1875''. <ref> Andreas, A. T. ''Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Iowa, 1875'' Chicago, Illinois: Lakeside Press, 1875. {{FHL|291263|item|disp=FHL film 966235 item 1}}. </ref> This work has multiple filmings.
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*A few maps of early Mormon and other pioneer trails are available at the {{FHL|IOWA MAPS MORMON|keywords|disp=Family History Library}}.  
 
*[http://www.beforetime.net/iowagenealogy/misc/1875maps/index.html 1875 Historical Maps]&nbsp;this collection contains plat maps for the Counties of Delaware, Jefferson, Marion, Page, Poweshiek and Taylor.  
 
*[http://www.beforetime.net/iowagenealogy/misc/1875maps/index.html 1875 Historical Maps]&nbsp;this collection contains plat maps for the Counties of Delaware, Jefferson, Marion, Page, Poweshiek and Taylor.  
 
*[http://www.beforetime.net/iowagenealogy/misc/EastCountiesOfIowa.html 1894 Historical Maps] showing counties in the East half of Iowa.  
 
*[http://www.beforetime.net/iowagenealogy/misc/EastCountiesOfIowa.html 1894 Historical Maps] showing counties in the East half of Iowa.  
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=== Land Ownership Maps  ===
 
=== Land Ownership Maps  ===
  
Locating township and county boundaries.  
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==== Locating township ====
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*Land ownership maps exist for certain Iowa counties from 1858 to 1900. These maps provide the name of the landowner and the names of the owners of adjacent land. There are 35 Iowa land ownership maps published from 1858 to 1900 Library of Congress. Geography and Map Division. See ''Land Ownership Maps''. <ref> ''Land Ownership Maps''  Washington, District of Columbia, Library of Congress, 1983. {{FHL|595910|item|FHL fiche 6079414-48}}</ref>
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==== County Boundaries  ====
  
Land ownership maps exist for certain Iowa counties from 1858 to 1900. These maps provide the name of the landowner and the names of the owners of adjacent land.&nbsp;There are 35 Iowa land ownership maps published from 1858 to 1900 on microfiche at the Family History Library in: Library of Congress. Geography and Map Division. ''Land Ownership Maps''. (Family History Library fiche 6079414-48 [Iowa])<br>
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*[http://www.familyhistory101.com/maps/ia_cm.html County boundaries] changed often over the years, these maps show the county boundaries for each of the'''census years'''.
  
 
=== Plat Maps  ===
 
=== Plat Maps  ===
  
Plat and land ownership maps and other types of maps are described in the section of the United States Research Outline.  
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Plat and land ownership maps and other types of maps are described in the section of the United States [[United States Maps|Maps]].  
  
*[http://www.beforetime.net/iowagenealogy/misc/1875maps/index.html 1875 Historical Maps] this collection contains plat maps for the Counties of Delaware, Jefferson, Marion, Page, Poweshiek and Taylor
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*[http://www.beforetime.net/iowagenealogy/misc/1875maps/index.html 1875 Historical Maps] this collection contains plat maps for the Counties of Delaware, Jefferson, Marion, Page, Poweshiek and Taylor.
  
=== <br>Topography  ===
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=== Topography  ===
  
 
Topographical maps show physical and man-made features, such as creeks, hills, roads, cemeteries, and churches.  
 
Topographical maps show physical and man-made features, such as creeks, hills, roads, cemeteries, and churches.  
  
=== Printed Sources ===
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=== Research helps ===
  
The following statewide collections of maps may be helpful to you:
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{{FHL|IOWA MAPS|keywords|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}, atlases and maps are both listed under Maps.  
 
 
*The University of Iowa and Iowa State University have wide ranging map collections for the state. Iowa maps and atlases are listed in the Locality.
 
*Andreas, A. T. ''Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Iowa, 1875''. Chicago, Illinois: Lakeside Press, 1875. (Family History Library film 966235 item 2 or film 980875 item 1)
 
*''Atlas of the State of Iowa''. N.p.: Huebinger, 1904. (Family History Library film 966236)
 
*Maps Taken from County Histories, etc. and Filed Separately at the Iowa State Historical Society. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976. (Family History Library film 989450 item 8)
 
*A valuable finding aid for Iowa maps is: Cobb, David A. ''Guide to U.S. Map Resources. Chicago, Illinois and London, England: American Library Association, 1986''. (Family History Library book 973 E74co)
 
 
 
=== Research helps  ===
 
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&keyword=IOWA+MAPS&prekeyword=IOWA+MAPS Family History Library Catalog], atlases and maps are both listed under Maps.  
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*A valuable finding aid for Iowa maps is on microfilm is Cobb, David A. ''Guide to U.S. Map Resources.''  <ref> ''Guide to U.S. Map Resources.'' Chicago, Illinois and London, England: American Library Association, 1986. {{FHL|406973|item|disp=FHL book 973 E74co}} </ref>
  
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Iowa Maps

Several types of maps are useful for genealogists as they search information in Iowa. Some maps give historical background of the area or show migration routes, such as roads, rivers, and railroads. Topographical, Plat, Land ownership maps plus many others are described in the Maps for the United States. Many maps are in published atlases.

  • Eichholz, Alice, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources. [1] Contains bibliographies and background information on history and ethnic groups. Also contains maps and tables showing when each county was created.

Atlases

Atlases for most Iowa counties begin about 1870 and may contain some biographical information about families in that county. Sometimes they include pictures of individuals and their homes and farms.

  • Atlas of the State of Iowa. [2]
  • The University of Iowa and Iowa State University have wide ranging map collections for the state. Iowa maps and atlases are listed in the Locality.

City Ward Maps

County Maps

  • There are maps that have been taken from County Histories. Maps Taken from County Histories, etc. and Filed Separately at the Iowa State Historical Society. [3]

GPS Coordinates

Historical Maps and Atlases

  • The David Rumsey Map Collection contains an extensive collection of historical atlases, maps, and other antique cartographic treasures.
  • Fire Insurance Maps provide a wonderful view of your ancestor's life. The Library of Congress has Sanborn Maps. Iowa Sanborn maps for over 1,000 cities and towns are available online to University of Iowa students and State Library card holders. A list of the maps is available to download through the State Historical Society of Iowa.
  • Andreas, A. T. Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Iowa, 1875. [4] This work has multiple filmings.
  • A few maps of early Mormon and other pioneer trails are available at the Family History Library.
  • 1875 Historical Maps this collection contains plat maps for the Counties of Delaware, Jefferson, Marion, Page, Poweshiek and Taylor.
  • 1894 Historical Maps showing counties in the East half of Iowa.
  • 1895 Historical Maps a colorful map shows the entire state of Iowa with the option of viewing each individual state. 

Land Ownership Maps

Locating township

  • Land ownership maps exist for certain Iowa counties from 1858 to 1900. These maps provide the name of the landowner and the names of the owners of adjacent land. There are 35 Iowa land ownership maps published from 1858 to 1900 Library of Congress. Geography and Map Division. See Land Ownership Maps. [5]

County Boundaries

  • County boundaries changed often over the years, these maps show the county boundaries for each of thecensus years.

Plat Maps

Plat and land ownership maps and other types of maps are described in the section of the United States Maps.

  • 1875 Historical Maps this collection contains plat maps for the Counties of Delaware, Jefferson, Marion, Page, Poweshiek and Taylor.

Topography

Topographical maps show physical and man-made features, such as creeks, hills, roads, cemeteries, and churches.

Research helps

Family History Library Catalog, atlases and maps are both listed under Maps.

  • A valuable finding aid for Iowa maps is on microfilm is Cobb, David A. Guide to U.S. Map Resources. [6]

References

  1. 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.
  2. Atlas of the State of Iowa. N.p.: Huebinger, 1904. FHL film 966236 item 1
  3. Maps Taken from County Histories, etc. and Filed Separately at the Iowa State Historical Society. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976. FHL|112217|item|disp=FHL film 989450 item 8}}
  4. Andreas, A. T. Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Iowa, 1875 Chicago, Illinois: Lakeside Press, 1875. FHL film 966235 item 1.
  5. Land Ownership Maps Washington, District of Columbia, Library of Congress, 1983. FHL Collection
  6. Guide to U.S. Map Resources. Chicago, Illinois and London, England: American Library Association, 1986. FHL book 973 E74co