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There are many societies which may help family historians. Genealogical, historical, lineage, veterans, and ethnic societies are especially helpful because of the records and resources they collect, transcribe, and publish. Often their records contain birth, marriage, death, and biographical information. See "[[United States Societies|Societies]]
 
There are many societies which may help family historians. Genealogical, historical, lineage, veterans, and ethnic societies are especially helpful because of the records and resources they collect, transcribe, and publish. Often their records contain birth, marriage, death, and biographical information. See "[[United States Societies|Societies]]
  

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Societies

There are many societies which may help family historians. Genealogical, historical, lineage, veterans, and ethnic societies are especially helpful because of the records and resources they collect, transcribe, and publish. Often their records contain birth, marriage, death, and biographical information. See "Societies

Genealogical and historical societies often maintain a genealogical file for families in the area and may sponsor publications, some of which are cited in the "Genealogy" section of this outline. Many counties have their own Genealogical Societies.

American/Schleswig-Holstein Heritage Society

P.O. Box 506
Walcott, IA 52773
Internet: American/Schleswig-Holstein Heritage Society

Decorah Genealogy Association

202 Winnebago (Lower Level)
Decorah, IA 52101
Internet: Decorah Genealogy Association

Des Moines County Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 493
Burlington, IA 52601
Internet: Des Moines County Genealogical Society

Dubuque County

Key City Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 13
Dubuque, IA 52004-0013
Internet: Dubuque County-Key City Genealogical Society

Iowa City Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 822
Iowa City, IA 52244-0822
Internet: Iowa City Genealogical Society

Iowa Genealogical Society

628 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515)276-0287
Internet: Iowa Genealogical Society

Pocahontas County Genealogical Society

Laurens Public Library
273 N. Third St.
Laurens, IA 50554
Internet: Laurens Genealogical Society

Linn County Heritage Society

P.O. Box 175
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Internet: Linn County Heritage Society

Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society

Grant Museum
503 South St.
Waterloo, IA 50701
Internet: Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society

Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 3132
Davenport, IA 52808-3132
Internet: Scott County Genealogical Society

Historical Societies

Iowa State Historical Department

402 Iowa Ave.
Iowa City, IA 52240-1806
Phone: (319) 335-3916
Fax: (319) 335-3924
Internet: Iowa City SHSI Location

State Historical Society of Iowa

600 E. Locust
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515)281-8837
Fax: (515)282-0502
Internet: Iowa History Archives
State Historical Department

Lineage Societies

Lineage societies, such as the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Colonial Dames, General Society of Colonial Wars, the Sons of the American Revolution, and many others, require members to prove they are descended from certain people, such as colonists or soldiers. The applications for membership in these societies are preserved, and many are on microfilm at the Family History Library. See the Register of U. S. Lineage Societies (mentioned in the "Societies" for addresses, lists of microfilmed records, and publications.

One important society in Iowa is the Iowa Genealogical Society (see the "Archives and Libraries" section of this outline). The Iowa Genealogical Society has a number of chapters throughout the state. Many chapters actively extract and index original records, which the society publishes. For a list of the society chapters, see:

Mary Keysor Meyer’s Meyer’s Directory of Genealogical Societies in the U.S.A. and Canada. (Cited fully in the "Societies" section.) The directory lists ethnic genealogical groups and societies.

See the "Author/Title Search" of the Family History Library Catalog for many sources published by the Iowa Genealogical Society. There are, for example, birth, marriage, death and cemetery records; censuses (state and federal); newspaper obituaries; probates; city directories; adoption records; county assessors’ books; indexes to scrapbooks; and church records.

Old Settlers’ Associations existed in many Iowa counties. Some of these records, with obituaries, are available on microfilm, such as:

Old Settlers’ Association (Cedar County, Iowa). Annual Meeting Minutes and Obituaries of Settlers, 1917–1934. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976. (Family History Library film 987411 or 281275)

See also the "Archives and Libraries" section of this outline for other organizations with family history sources.

Society records are listed in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:

IOWA - SOCIETIES

IOWA - [COUNTY] - SOCIETIES