Family history periodicals contain much information. They often publish sources pertaining to their county or region. These sources may include genealogies, historical background, maps, information about local records and archives, queries, census records, transcripts of family Bibles, church records, court records, cemetery records, land records, obituaries, and wills. The Family History Library has copies of many periodicals, but some issues may be missing.
The major genealogical periodicals and magazines for Iowa research are listed below. Many of them have indexes either published separately or included in each volume.
The Annals of Iowa.1893-. Published by the State Historical Society of Iowa at Iowa City, Iowa (see the "Archives and Libraries" section of this outline above for the address). (FHL book 977.3 B2i; some volumes and an index to volumes 1–8 are on six FHL films beginning with 967572 item 20) This periodical contains much biographical and historical information and has cumulative indexes through 1991.
The Cedar Tree. 1971–. Published by the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society, 503 South St., Waterloo, Iowa 50701. (FHL book 977.73 D25c)
The Genie Bug. 1969–. Published by the North Central Iowa Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 237, Mason City, Iowa 50401 (FHL book 977.7 D25g; film 1697449 items 1–6 [vols. 1–6]) This includes lists of surnames being searched by society members.
Hawkeye Heritage. 1966–. Published by the Iowa Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 7735, Des Moines, Iowa 50322-7735. (FHL book 977.7 D25h; vols. 1–3 on film 928164 items 2–4; vols. 4–5 on film 893705; vols. 6–10 and topical index [vols. 1–10] on film 928349 items 1–6) An index to volumes 1–28 has recently been published. (FHL book 977.7 D25h index)
Iowa Genealogical Society Newsletter. 1980–. Published by the Iowa Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 7735, Des Moines, Iowa 50322. (FHL book 977.7 D25n)
Iowa Queries. 1987– Published by Shirley Penna- Oakes, P.O. Box 397, Black Eagle, Wyoming 59414-0397. (FHL book 977.7 D2iq; fiche 6126472, vols. 1–5) This query periodical merged with another and is now Ohio- Indiana-Iowa Queries and Reviews.
The Palimpsest. 1920–. Published by the State Historical Society of Iowa at Iowa City, Iowa (see the "Archives and Libraries" section in this outline for the address). (FHL book 977.7 B2p; films 1697369 items 1–9 [vol. 2] and 823597 item 11 [vol. 3]) There are cumulative indexes at the Family History Library for 1920–1929, 1930–1939, 1940–1976: (FHL book 977.7 B2p index) This periodical is now called Iowa Heritage Illustrated.
The Wahkaw. 1981–. Published by the Woodbury County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 624, 3412 Old Lakesport Road, Sioux City, Iowa 51102. (FHL book 977.7 D25w) This periodical includes Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
The PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) partially indexes all the above periodicals (except Iowa Queries) and more. The compact disc and Internet editions are about twice the size of the microfiche edition available at most Family History Centers. PERSI is described in greater detail in the "Periodicals" section of the United States Research Outline.
Periodicals are listed in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
IOWA - PERIODICALS
IOWA - GENEALOGY - PERIODICALS
IOWA- SOCIETIES- PERIODICALS
IOWA, [COUNTY] - GENEALOGY- PERIODICALS
IOWA, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- GENEALOGY- PERIODICALS