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What's New at Howard County

Howard County Obits submitted - Graph by Bill Waters Howard County GPP Submissions - Graph by Bill Waters
760 obits submitted in 2013 987 IGPP records posted in 2013

December 2013

Posted a complete Directory of the Oak Lawn cemetery burials provided by Darlene Hall.

Updated the Howard County Obituary Index to include 238 new obits submitted since May 19, 2013.

November 2013

Posted Board transcriptions for all of the newspaper articles listed in the Index of the Special Events Published in the Iowa Plain Dealer during 1877 and 1878 along with links from the 1877 and 1878 indices to the IaGenWeb board postings of the indexed newspaper articles.

October 2013

Consolidated the Howard County Obituary Index to eliminate 46 duplicate obits.

Completed the 10 month long update of the Sites look and feel. This new look and feel consists mainly of four items.

  • The same background for all pages
  • Site wide use of the left column for navigation.
  • Scrolling of all right column Tables to provide continuous access to the navigation panel.
  • Optional right column printing for PC's and viewing for browsers that do not support the right column Scrolling.

September 2013

Added a Death Notices Section. These new pages list all of the death Notices for Howard County for the years of 1918-1923 and 1933-1936

Updated the Recent obituaries index to include 40 new obits posted since September 1, 2013.

Posted Board transcriptions for all of the newspaper articles listed in the Index of the Special Events Published in the Iowa Plain Dealer during 1876 along with links from the 1876 index to the IaGenWeb board postings of the indexed newspaper articles.

Posted a transcription of the Directory of all the over 3400 Graves in the Oak Lawn cemetery

August 2013

Updated the Recent obituaries index to include 78 new obits posted since May 19, 2013.

Updated all of the cemetery tales to link to transcribed obits rather than to scanned obits. This completes the upgrade from a mixture of transcribed and scanned obits to all transcribed obits. This update also includes new links to all of the cemetery tables to improve the navigation between the various cemetery tables.

Posted a transcription of the Index of all the Special Events Published in the Twice a Week Plain Dealer during
1909 , 1910 , 1911 and 1912

July 2013

Posted a transcription of the Index of all the Special Events Published in the Twice a Week Plain Dealer during 1908

June 2013

Posted a transcription of the Index of all the Special Events Published in the Twice a Week Plain Dealer during 1904, 1905, 1906 and 1907

May 2013

Posted Board transcriptions of  all of the newspaper articles listed in the Index of the Special Events Published in the Iowa Plain Dealer during 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874 and 1875 along with links from the  yearly indives to the IaGenWeb board postings of the indexed newspaper articles.

Posted a transcription of the Index of all the Special Events Published in the Twice a Week Plain Dealer during 1903.

Updated the Howard County Obituary Index to include 416 new obits submitted since March 23, 2013. This update includes transcribed obits for all the 236 scanned obits that previously made up the Howard County Obit database. This update concludes the merger of the two databases into one IaGenWeb board database.

April 2013

Posted transcriptions of  all of the newspaper articles listed in the Index of the Special Events Published in the Iowa Plain Dealer during 1867, 1868, 1869 and 1870 along with links from the indices to the IaGenWeb board postings of the indexed newspaper articles.

Posted a transcription of the Index of all the Special Events Published in the Twice a Week Plain Dealer during 1899 , 1900 , 1901 and 1902

March 2013

Added a new Howard County WPA Index this Index provides structured searches for 524 unique WPA surnames.

Updated the Howard County Obituary Index to include 299 new obits submitted so far during 2013

Posted a transcription of the  Index of all the Special Events Published in the Twice a Week Plain Dealer during 1897 and 1898

February 2013

Posted a transcription of the  Index of all the Special Events Published in theTwice a Week Plain Dealer during 1896

January 2013

Posted a transcription of the Index of all the Special Events Published in the Iowa  and Twice a Week Plain Dealer during 1895.

Revised the general appearance of the Howard County Pages and modified the site navigation scheme to allow greater flexibility during future site expansion.

Posted a transcription of the Iowa Plain Dealer Index of all the Special Events Published in the Iowa Plain Dealer during 1894.

Added over 300 new Howard Township cemetery GPP records and transcribed all of the  readable data from the gravestones in the Howard Center Township Cemetery. The over 300 new GPP records were created as part of the 100% photo survey by Janice Sowers of the Howard Center Township cemetery in 2011. The Howard Center Township cemetery table now documents 250 graves. All of the new and old Howard Township GPP comment fields now contain robust gravestone transcriptions. Janice has also supplied 146 obits of people buried in the Howard Center Township cemetery. All of these obits and GPP Records are now linked to this new Howard Township cemetery table.

Paul Maruska has volunteered to do lookups in the History of Alta Vista, Iowa, "The Friendly Town," 1894-1994.

Created a new combined Howard County Obituary Index. This combined index has links to 1086 Howard County Obituaries, 850 in the IAGenWeb Board and 236 from the local Howard County database. About 400 of these obits are scans, volunteers are needed to transcribe these scans. If you want to volunteer, please contact the County Coordinator.