Welcome to Prairie Roots Research


The Prairie Roots Research mission is to foster a deeper understanding of the past by reconstructing forgotten lives, that their experiences and wisdom may be honored, understood, and shared. Our services include genealogical & historical research, teaching, and writing for clients who seek superior, source-cited results. We are dedicated to achieving client satisfaction through the highest levels of professionalism, research standards and reporting excellence.

Discover your past…Discover yourself

Every family has a story to tell. Whether your ancestors arrived on the Mayflower, came through Ellis Island or only recently made America their home, all have played a part in the great American experience. It is not only natural to wonder about those brave souls who left familiar surroundings for an unknown country, it is essential to understanding ourselves and our place in history.

Reaching Goals

Whether you are just beginning your family history journey, or you’ve been researching for a while and have reached a “brick wall,” professional assistance can enhance your experience and help you achieve your goals.

Alice Hoyt Veen is a Board-certified Genealogist® specializing in Iowa and Midwestern research. She can help with your project whether it be large or small–-from locating a single obituary to compiling a multi-generational family history you’ll treasure for years to come.

Visit the Services page to learn more about how Prairie Roots Research can help with your family history project. The Research Tips page offers tips for organizing your research project. Contact us to discuss your unique project requirements.

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Certified Genealogist is a registered certification mark and CG a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency evaluation and used under license by the Board’s associates.