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Online Resources: Biography, History & Genealogy

Resources marked restricted require an Iowa City Public Library card when accessed from outside the Library, and licensing restrictions limit access to residents of Iowa City and to areas covered by contracts for library service: rural Johnson County and the cities of Hills, Lone Tree, and University Heights.

America’s Obituaries & Death Notices

America’s Obituaries & Death Notices is NewsBank’s large and comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices from around the United States.

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American Memory Collection

Library of Congress provides free access to historical documents, photographs, maps, multimedia, and sheet music pertinent to American culture.

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AVAILABLE ONLY WITHIN THE LIBRARY. Library Edition includes records from the U.S. census; military,court, land, and probate records; vital records; directories; passenger lists, and more. Like information available for the U.K., Canada and some European countries.

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Biography in Context

Biographies from respected Gale Group sources. Search based birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender.

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Contemporary Authors

Complete biographical and bibliographical information and references on more than 120,000 U.S. and international authors.

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Contemporary Literary Criticism

Extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors.

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Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites

Categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet.

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Ellis Island Records

Search immigration records.

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Family Search

FamilySearch - Produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), this site searches genealogical records worldwide including Ancestral Files, International Genealogical Index, and census and other vital statistics sources.

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Family Search

Genealogical service provided by The Church of Latter Day Saints containing family histories, family trees, ancestry, and census records.

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Census data, family records and local histories and much much more.

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Historical New York Times

The Historical New York Times with Index (1851-1993) provides search capability using subject terms and topics for focused and targeted results in combination with searchable full text, full page, and article-level images from the Historical New York Times. Coverage: 1851 - 2012

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Historical Resources at ICPL

Iowa City and Johnson County historical resources in the Iowa City Public Library.

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Historical Statistical Abstracts of the United States

Historical Statistical Abstracts of the United States is the enhanced digitization of the entire 1878 to 2012. Historical Statistical Abstract editions include both GIF images and Excel files for every single table

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Iowa Heritage Digital Collections

An online repository of Iowa history and culture created by bringing together in digital form documents, images, maps, finding aids, interpretive and educational materials, and other media from collections held by a wide range of organizations throughout Iowa.

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Local News Index

Produced by the Iowa City Public Library, provides indexing for local information in newspapers and magazines. It currently goes back to 1962 and continues retrospectively.

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MasterFILE Premier

MasterFILE Premier - MasterFILE Premier is a multidisciplinary database providing full text for nearly 1,700 general reference publications with information dating as far back as 1975.

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Full text of local newspapers from across the country, the largest historic newspaper source online.

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Sanborn Fire Maps - Iowa

Digital Sanborn Maps provide digital access to 1450 large - scale maps of 329 Iowa towns and cities. Sanborn Fire Maps were initially created to estimate maps were initially created to estimate fire insurance risks. The company's maps are frequently used for historical research, and for preservation and restoration efforts. Iowa City fire maps in this collection are for the following dates: September 1883, July 1888, April 1892, June 1899, April 1906, January 1912, July 1920, February 1926, and February 1933 through April 1946.

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Social Security Death Index

AVAILABLE ONLY WITHIN THE LIBRARY. Genealogical tool lists birth and death dates, and place of death.

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United States Census Historical Resources

United States Census Historical Resources including the Statistical Abstract, Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970 and the Historical Statistics of the United States, 1789 - 1945.

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Vital Statistics

How to locate birth, death, marriage and divorce records, as well as statistics on these events.

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