Iowa WPA Graves Website

I mentioned this particular graving site, Iowa WPA Graves, a while back in 52 Ancestor Week 20 – Martha Jane (Jefferies) Lee – Found and more recently alluded to in Another Cemetery Site, in a response to a comment. It’s important to understand not all counties were included in WPA cemetery transcription efforts. If you go to the Iowa WPA Graves website, it includes direct links to each county that has been transcribed. What I liked about this website is the ability to search by County using only a first name. That’s how I found Martha Lee above. I didn’t know Martha’s married surname and most graving sites tend to require a surname when doing a county level search. I found the above graving site through which includes a link to Iowa WPA Graves. I will be doing a future post about the different websites, not all states have a project, but many do.

Counties Not Included

Counties not indexed by the 1930s WPA Graves Registration Project, and thus not included in the database on this web site, include Appanoose, Benton, Cherokee, Clinton, Dallas, Des Moines, Dubuque, Hardin, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Jasper, Lyon, Monona, Osceola, Pottawattamie, and Warren.

I couldn’t find a detailed list of which counties across the United States (U. S.) were part of the WPA Graves Registration Project, but here’s a good starting point: (PDF) . Here’s a 2008 blog post about the South Dakota WPA Grave Registration Project: Another place you may want to check is Wikipedia:


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