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Our Mission

The mission of the Iowa WPA Graves Registration Online Project was to transcribe the 1930's graves survey of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Project Administration with the purpose of compiling an extensive statewide database that could be used to do genealogical surname searches throughout the state of Iowa.

The web site became a reality on March 1, 2005. Just 13 months later, the huge task was completed thanks to the help of scores of volunteers, all of whom were looking for a way to "give something back" to the genealogical community. Researchers for decades to come will be using this free online database time and time again to assist in the quest for more knowledge of our Iowa Pioneers.

Volunteer Recognition

On behalf of genealogical researchers everywhere, the Iowa WPA Graves Online Project would like to give special thanks to the following volunteers whose many hours of transcription work and proofreading have made this web site possible.

Adair County
Michelle Williamson Johnston, Denise Phillips, Conni McDaniel Hall, Carol Bacon, Laura Kvas, Gloria Irwin
Adams County
Roger Cox
Allamakee County
Sharyl Farrell
Audubon County
Polly Eckles
Black Hawk County
Clara Lawver
Boone County
Carly Josephson
Bremer County
Rhonda Tollenaar Huffman, Connie McDaniel Hall
Buchanan County
Lorna Lincoln, Barb & Windy Jamison, Gloria Irwin, Conni McDaniel Hall, Polly Eckles, Becky Dye, Sandy Kirchner
Buena Vista County
Patricia Bergmeier
Butler County
Connie Seifert
Calhoun County
Gloria Irwin
Carroll County
Marie Cook, Polly Eckles
Cass County
Marie Cook
Cedar County
Virjean Svoboda, Conni McDaniel Hall
Cerro Gordo County
Pat Wahl
Chickasaw County
Connie Seifert, Polly Eckles
Clarke County
Sherry Carter, Sherry Hilton, Becky Dye
Clay County
Carly Josephson
Clayton County
Lisa Hanson-Braun, Conni McDaniel Hall, Linda Cain
Crawford County
Melba Winans McDowell
Davis County
Gary Morrison, Carolyn Jarvey
Decatur County
Stacey Dietiker
Delaware County
Gloria Irwin, Sandra Carter
Dickinson County
Conni McDaniel Hall
Emmet County
Rich Lowe
Fayette County
Vicki Lebuis, Polly Eckles, Becky Dye
Floyd County
Judy Baker, Becky Russell-Dye
Franklin County
Conni McDaniel Hall
Fremont County
Pat O'Dell
Greene County
Carly Josephson
Grundy County
Conni McDaniel Hall
Guthrie County
Gloria Irwin
Hamilton County
Janelle Martin
Hancock County
Mary Grace
Harrison County
Chris Haenicke, Harriet Schaefer, Virginia Krysher, Patricia Bergmeier, Barb & Harold Jamison, Rich Lowe
Henry County
Harold & Barb Jamison
Howard County
Roseanna Zehner
Jackson County
Gloria Irwin
Jefferson County
Barb & Harold Jamison
Johnson County
Cheryl Fitzsimons, Sandy Kirchner, Marie Cook, Patricia Bergmeier, Carol Anderson, Barb & Windy Jamison
Jones County
Michelle Johnston, Pam and Wes Blair, Mary Alice Randall, Lisa Reeves
Keokuk County
Dave & Barbara Gross, Ginny Norwood
Kossuth County
Lavonne Matern, Conni McDaniel Hall, Rick Jennings
Lee County
Mary Grace, Nancy Kimmel
Linn County
Terry Carlson, Margaret Calvin, Barb & Harold Jamison, Kathy Ruth, Virginia Krysher
Louisa County
Carolyn Jarvey
Lucas County
Justina Cook
Madison County
Denise Phillips
Mahaska County
Linda Cain, Misty Marquiss
Marion County
Kris Snyder, Leslie Beebout-Adams, Gloria Irwin
Marshall County
Robert Parker, Pat Wahl, Gloria Irwin, Rich Lowe
Mills County
Wes and Pam Blair, Mary Alice Randall, Marion Van Leishout, Gloria Irwin, Becky Dye, Marcia Arn, Ginny Norwood
Mitchell County
Kathy Pike, Conni McDaniel Hall
Monroe County
Nettie Mae Lucas
Montgomery County
Constance Diamond
Muscatine County
Polly Eckles
O'Brien County
Gloria Irwin
Page County
Kathy Ruth
Palo Alto County
Cathy Joynt Labath, Becky Dye, Rich Lowe, Margaret Crist Calvin
Plymouth County
Sandy Belshaw, Linda Ziemann, Gloria Irwin
Pocahontas County
Sheri Beffort-Lantzy, Conni McDaniel Hall
Polk County
Denise Phillips, Rich Lowe, Kathy Ruth, Sandra Carter, Sandy & Ninya Kirchner, Patricia Bergmeier, Barb & Harold Jamison, Conni McDaniel Hall, Marilyn Dose
Poweshiek County
Sheri Beffort-Lantzy
Ringgold County
Gloria Irwin
Sac County
Marilyn Dose, Wes and Pam Blair, Mary Alice Randall, Ilene Cook, Marion Van Leishout, Ginny Norwood
Scott County
Cathy Joynt Labath, Polly Eckles, Pam Blair, Mary Alice Randall, Gloria Irwin, Marcia Arn, Connie Seifert, Mary Grace, Barb & Harold Jamison, Ginny Norwood, Carly Josephson, Patricia Bergmeier, Conni McDaniel Hall, Marie Cook
Shelby County
Dona Siewert
Sioux County
Wilma J Vande Berg, Denise Phillips, Gloria Irwin, Carly Josephson, Conley Wolterman, Conni McDaniel Hall, Becky Dye, Polly Eckles, Patricia Bergmeier
Story County
Mark Christian, Polly Eckles, Gloria Irwin, Adrienne Dreier, Kathy Ruth, Marguerite Crist Calvin
Tama County
Muriel Bryant, Wendy Wright-Cao
Taylor County
Carol Anderson, Kathy Ruth, Harold & Barb Jamison
Union County
Sandra Carter
Van Buren County
Rich Lowe
Wapello County
Deb Barker, Anna Hancock-Sloan, Polly Eckles, Becky Dye
Washington County
Marcia Arn, Norma Jennings, Lisa Neff-Letts, Patricia Bergmeier
Wayne County
Virginia Krysher
Webster County
Denise Phillips, Laura Kvas
Winnebago County
Rich Lowe
Winneshiek County
Janice Sowers
Woodbury County
Carol Bacon, Judy Neu, Conni McDaniel Hall, Laura Kvas, Patricia Bergmeier, Ronda Hausser
Worth County
Gordon Felland, Laura Kvas, Conni McDaniel Hall
Wright County
Adrienne Dreier, Polly Eckles, Louis Schwartz

Special thanks also to Nettie Mae Lucas, who helped launch this project, and to the Iowa Genealogy Society Library and Iowa Historical Society Libraries for their assistance and resources.

If we have overlooked someone, we apologize. Please let us hear from you and we will make needed corrections.

Project Coordinator - Rich Lowe
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