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There are numerous genealogy and history books which have been scanned or transcribed online and available to read.  These books can take some time to read or peruse but are well worth the time to learn how your ancestors lived.  Many of these include biographical sections too which are rich in family connections.  Some of these books are free to read while others are included in a subscription of some sort.

Links to Iowa History Books Online

1906 Early Settlement of Iowa

A Glimpse of Iowa in 1846 by John B. Newhall

The British in Iowa

Hollanders of Iowa

The Quakers of Iowa - Published 1914 by Louis Thomas Jones.

Adams County

1901 "Story of Nevin"

Cedar County

1878 History of Cedar County

Des Moines County

1915 History of Des Moines County

By Aubustine M. Antrobus

History of Des Moines County Iowa and It's People.

Linn County

Pioneer Life In and Around Cedar Rapids Iowa from 1839-1849 by Rev. George R. Carroll

Marion County

1847-1942 Souvenir History of Pella, IA


1872 Pioneers of Marion County, IA


1915 History of Marion County and It's People

Mills County

History of Mills County, Iowa

Features the full text of this history book.  Published 1881.

Monroe County

1896 Illustrated History of Monroe County, IA

Pocahontas County

History of Pocahontas County, Iowa

Published 1904.

Polk County

Historical Reminiscences of the City of Des Moines

together with a full description of the city and county.

H. B. Turrill, 1857.


The History of Polk County Iowa

Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, etc.

Published 1880.


Pottawattamie County

1907 History of Pottawattamie County Vol. I

1907 History of Pottawattamie County Vol. II

Sioux County

1908 Historical Atlas of Sioux County, Iowa

Tama County

1879 History of Tama County, Iowa

Its Cities, Towns and Villages with Early Reminiscences, Personal Incidents and Anecdotes, and a Complete Business Directory of the County.

By Samuel D. Chapman.  Printed at the Toledo Times Office. 1879.


1883 History of Tama County

Warren County

1872 Atlas of Warren County, Iowa

Drawn form actual surveys and the county reords.  To which is added A railroad map of the state of Iowas.  Published by Harrison & Warner, Marshalltown, Iowa. 1872.


1879 The History of Warren County, Iowa

Contains a history of the county, its cities, towns & a biographical directory of its citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, general and local statistics.

Published 1879 by Des Moines - Union Historical Company.

Washington County

1880 History of Washington County, IA


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