We recently acquired some great maps for surrounding counties entitled Family Maps of Iowa, by Arphax Publishing. These maps contain a treasure trove of information for local historians and genealogists. Family Maps for the following counties are available: Jasper, Madison, Story, and Warren. Unfortunately, there is not one available for Polk County.
These map books include the following information for each township in the covered county:
Land patent index – by surname
Land patent map – map of patents as listed in the index showing the homestead locations. In addition to the map, a key tells the oldest and most recent patent dates, number of patents, surnames, individuals, cities, and cemetaries.
Road map – roads, city-centers, and cemeteries
Historical map – includes railroads, lakes, rivers, creeks, city-centers, and cemeteries
These books are available for in-building use at the Central Library at 10th and Grand. Happy researching!