Helpful Resources - Links


Resource LinkResource TypeDescription
23andMeDNAIn addition to ancestry estimates, 23andMe specializes in health-related traits related to your genes.
African American Museum of IowaHeritageAn on-line collection of the history and culture of Iowa's African-American community.
AncestryPaid SearchAn expensive, but comprehensive search tool provided by a company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Two-week free trial, and free membership also useful.
AncestryDNAThe power DNA is unleashed for genealogy research when it is linked to a database of ancestry files. So if you have a large database (or someone else does) of your relatives, DNA can help you find more.
Bureau of Land Management - General Land Office RecordsSpecialized SearchesSearch for Land Patents issued by the federal government.
Chickasaw County TourismGeneral InterestCultural sites and events in Chickasaw County.
Ellis Island Passenger ListsSpecialized SearchesThe Port of New York Passenger Records 1820 - 1957 contains the passenger lists of almost 65 million immigrants, passengers, and crew members who came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York from 1820 to 1957.
Family SearchFree SearchA comprehensive search tool provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS).
Family Tree BuilderSoftwareTied to MyHeritage database, which should be a good thing, but gets very expensive very fast as your database grows Free and just fine for a small family tree.
Family Tree MakerSoftwareUsed to be the gold standard in genealogy software but Ancestry stopped supporting it in 2017 and Software MacKiev took it over. Now seems to be more trouble than it's worth, at least for large databases.
Find-a-GraveGravesite LocatorsWorld-wide, allows for multiple photos.
findmypastSpecialized SearchesFocuses on British and Irish families. Offers a 14-day free trial, but expensive.
GENUKI - UK & Ireland GenealogyHeritageGenealogical information of relevance to the UK and Ireland. A non-commercial service, maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers.
Google, etc.Free SearchDon't forget the basics.
Hollanders In IowaHeritageA 453-page book written in 1912 and transcribed in 2003. Copyrighted.
IAGenWebFree SearchSearch your own county and its neighbors; go back from time to time because data continues to be added.
Iowa "Ghost Towns"General InterestLink is for Chickasaw County.
Iowa Gravestone Photo ProjectGravesite LocatorsThorough and reliable, but limited to Iowa and to one photo per gravestone.
Irish In IowaHeritageAn attempt to help find the birthplaces of Irish emigrants who came to Iowa. 
Legacy Family TreeSoftwareStandard edition is distributed as freeware.
Library of CongressDigitized NewspapersChronicling America provides access to information about historic newspapers. An Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers.
MyHeritagePaid SearchAlso expensive, full-featured alternative to Ancestry.
MyHeritageDNAMyHeritage will allow you to upload the data from a test you have had from another site.
National ArchivesSpecialized SearchesIncludes census, military, immigration, naturalization, and land records.
Obituary SearchesSpecialized SearchesMost newspapers publish obituaries. Some have websites with searchable records of recent obituaries. Link is a Chickasaw County example only.
Obituary SubscriptionsGeneral InterestFuneral homes often have free subscription services that will send you notices when obituaries are published. Link is a Chickasaw County example only.
On this Day in HistoryGeneral InterestEnter a date to see what the website considers the news of that day. For example, on the day I was born, the site indicates that the first private detective TV series was to premiere the next day, and that Legos were the hot new toy on the market.
Roots MagicSoftwareNot free, but inexpensive and essential for any extensive genealogy research. Version 8 is expected to be released soon.
Veterans Administration Gravesite LocatorGravesite LocatorsSearch for the gravesites of U. S. military veterans.
WikiTreeFree SearchFree and growing. You can start by uploading a gedcom, but if you upload more than one you can create hard to edit duplicates.

Page created September 13, 2019 by County Coordinator Bruce Kuennen.