Notes about this site's WPA records and data accuracy...
The data contained on this website was originally recorded by WPA (Works
Progress Administration) workers during late 1930's. While the work done by the
WPA workers was valuable -- it was incomplete and their accuracy did leave something to be desired.
This free online database was created from multi-generation typed copies of
the transcriptions created by the WPA workers; which made much of the data
difficult to read clearly. For all the reasons stated above, a name not included does not mean the individual was not buried there.
However, for some of our ancestors this may be the only record of their death. Thus, we present this material to you, with some reservations, as originally recorded, blemishes and all. Check other sources if you can, and treat this data as a "lead" that needs further verification.If you have verifiable information that adds to or corrects the stated WPA information . . . we encourage you to use our Post-em Notes tool to add your comments.
Counties Not Surveyed
Counties not indexed by the WPA Graves
Registration Project, and thus not included in the database on this web
site, include Appanoose, Benton, Cherokee, Clinton, Dallas, Des Moines,
Dubuque, Hardin, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Jasper, Lyon, Monona,
Osceola, Pottawattamie, and Warren.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a space reserved for Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) about the WPA Graves Transcription Project. Feel free to Contact Us with any questions you may have.
Question: I know my great grandfather is buried in a cemetery you have listed. Why is he not included in your WPA database?
Question: My grandfather’s death date is listed incorrectly. Can you correct it to show his actual date of death which is . . . ?
Answer: Since this is literally a transcription of what the WPA workers recorded decades ago, we cannot change what they wrote down back in 1939. However, you can attach a “Post-em Note" to any record stating what the correct data should show for this individual. Click on the “Post-em Notes” tab at the top of this page for more information on how to use this feature.
Question: Why doesn't my "MC COMB" family show up? I know the WPA records should include them.
Answer: Be sure to check variant spellings. If you are looking for "MC COMB", be sure to also check "MCCOMB" without the space and visa versa. You should also try the "soundex" search option which involves selecting the "sounds like (soundex)" selection from the surname drop down menu rather that the default "begins with" option.