The study of family ancestries and histories
- National Archives: Genealogists/Family Historians
- A great starting place for genealogical research, how-to tips for beginners and experts, links to primary sources world-wide, and databases of family trees.
- National Archives: State Archives
- Genealogists may need to get information from state archives and historical societies. Here is contact information as of January, 2006
Library of Congress - Local History and Geneaology Reference Services
The Library of Congress has one of the world's premier collections of U.S. and foreign genealogical and local historical publications. The Library's genealogy collection began as early as 1815 with the purchase of Thomas Jefferson's library.
- Cyndi’s List
- A categorized and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet, 261,000+ links for family history! (as of 9/1/06)
- Midwest Genealogical Society
- MGC’s collections offer resources for genealogy research that span the United States and countries around the world. MGC also houses a uniquely expansive circulating collection and almost completely open stacks. You’ll find access to databases, scanning and digitization stations, oral history recording kits, microfilm reader scanners, and more.
- Iowa Genealogical Society
- IGS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create and foster an interest in genealogy and to aid others in researching their family history. IGS was founded in 1965 by a small group of dedicated genealogists who met in members' houses and carried the original collection in an orange crate. Today our 3,000+ members are worldwide and the book collection alone spans the length of over five football fields.
- State Historical Society of Iowa
- A main repository of Iowa historical and genealogical information.
- Society of American Archivists
- Organizations, associations and groups related to or of interest to the archival profession.