Services

Genealogical and Historical Research Solutions

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Genealogical Research

Prairie Roots Research specializes in Iowa & Midwestern research, including state & federal census, vital records, military, wills & probates, land records, church records, cemeteries, local histories and more.

We travel throughout Iowa and surrounding states to conduct a personalized search of often-overlooked local resources in addition to utilizing the extensive collections of the Iowa State Archives and other libraries/repositories located in Des Moines.

Projects that extend beyond the Midwest are welcome—Iowa’s heritage is a melting pot of ancestry from older states and many European countries. Prairie Roots Research will search for your elusive colonial ancestor, or work to take your line “back to the boat.” We network with researchers across the country and can help you connect with professional European researchers when the project crosses the ocean. Learn more …

Historical Research

Prairie Roots Research is dedicated to providing meticulous source-cited results presented in historical, social, and cultural context for historians and authors.  We provide document images, transcriptions and abstracts of original material, in addition to quality photographs of historical locations. Learn more …

Document Retrieval

Need a simple record search? Prairie Roots Research offers basic document search and retrieval services. This works well for clients who know exactly what resource they need to search, but who are not able to access the records personally. We conduct the search, makes copies and/or transcriptions of the findings, then sends you the results. Learn more …

Site Visitations & Photographs

Would you like photographs of your ancestors’ home place, gravestones, or other historic sites? We will visit any Iowa or Midwestern location and provide quality photographs to document your family’s past. Learn more …

Writing Services

Prairie Roots Research provides thoroughly documented compilations, reports, genealogical and historical narratives, and manuscript editing services. It is a pleasure to assist clients in compiling family histories over several generations, placing a family’s story into historical context and committing that story to print for the benefit of future generations. Learn more …

Consulting & Project Planning

Don’t know where to begin? Let us organize your memorabilia, documents, photos, etc. and assist in planning your project. Armed with a solid research plan, you’ll begin your family history journey with confidence. Learn more …

Archival Collections

Your family artifacts deserve to be preserved. We can identify, research and catalog your collection, and help you choose the best archival method to preserve your special family treasures. Learn more …

Genealogical Standards

At Prairie Roots Research we are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of scholarship and ethics. Alice is a Board-certified genealogist who adheres to the Genealogists’ Code of Ethics as published by the Association of Professional Genealogists. You should accept nothing less than this level of excellence in any researcher you select for your family history project.

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