YOU’LL LOVE THIS IF:
- You’re just starting to research your Iowa ancestors and don’t know where to start
- You’ve hit a brick wall on Iowa genealogy and need some expert tips to move forward
- You want to learn more about how the history of the Midwest affects your genealogy research
Iowa is called the "Food Capital of the World" for a reason, and this agricultural hotbed is a melting pot rich with genealogy records. Whether your ancestors were at home in the American Heartland or just passing through the Corn Belt, this webinar on Iowa genealogy from presenters Diana Crisman Smith and Gary Smith will answer all of your questions about Hawkeye State heritage. This webinar comes with two free downloads: a copy of our Iowa State Guide and the article Good Deeds: A Beginner's Guide to Land Records.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- Basic Iowa history, from early French exploration to agricultural expansion
- What’s available and where to find essential Iowa records
- Strategies for tracing American Indian, French, English, Irish and other ethnic ancestors in Iowa
- A breakdown of both Eastern and Western Iowa genealogy resources
- Tips for how to find information on your Des Moines and Cedar Rapids ancestors
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Diana Crisman Smith
Diana has been researching since childhood and has served as a lay librarian at her local FamilySearch Center for more than 20 years. She has written for numerous genealogical publications, including current columns in the National Genealogical Society NewsMagazine and the Association of Professional Genealogists’ APG Quarterly). Diana was a frequent contributor to Digital Genealogist and Genealogical Computing magazines, as well as penned a column that ran for two years in the Cleveland Sun Newspapers.
She serves as Treasurer of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) and Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), as well as webmaster (and founding member) of the Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She’s a Past District Director of APG. Diana has enjoyed speaking at conferences around the country (and at sea) for the past 20 years and looks forward to expanding her genealogical endeavors—speaking, writing, teaching and researching—after concluding a career in software consulting.
Gary is Second Vice President of ISFHWE (International Society of Family History Writers and Editors)and National Conference Coordinator of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG). He is also a lay librarian at the local FamilySearch Center, and speaks and writes for various organizations, primarily regarding research methodology and Internet subjects. He has been researching and speaking in family history for more than 20 years.