I mainly research in the area that covers Des Moines, Iowa, and includes Polk County, Warren County, Madison County, Dallas County, Boone County, Story County, Marshall County, Jasper County, and Marion County.
I can look up anything in any of the 99 counties of Iowa as far as what material is available at the Historical Building, Genealogy Library, Des Moines Library, Courthouse, or on the web, but the counties above are those that I would be most familiar with, and could travel to easily. Mostly, I can look for documents and provide newspaper articles and pictures, if you can't find it on the web.
Cities, Towns, Villages, Neighborhoods, R.R. Depots, and other points on the map, past and present, in Polk County, Iowa and surrounding central Iowa counties.
Listings of personal ancestral surnames of mine, going back at least 15 generations, that I am interested in corresponding with others upon.
   Research Sources & Description of Service
DIRECTORIES
Des Moines Business Directory 1867-Present
Des Moines Metropolitan Telephone Book (scattered editions prior to 1956)
North Polk County Business Directory 1959-Present
West Des Moines,Clive,Windsor Heights,Urbandale,Ankeney and Altoona were listed in
  the Des Moines City Directories starting in 1965.
Valley Junction was renamed West Des Moines in 1937, and prior to this was in the
  rear of all Des Moines Directories.
Iowa Business Gazetteers - Various editions from the late 1800's,through the 1900's.

CENSUS
  Federal: 1840                               State: 1830's(scattered territorial)
                1850                                         1840's(scattered)
                1860                                         1885
                1870                                         1895
                1880(with index)                     1905
                1900(with index)                     1915
                1910(with index)                     1925(very informative,partially indexed)
                1920(with index)

CEMETERY RECORDS
W.P.A. bound & alphabetized walking records
  Official records of Jordan,Resthaven,Glendale,Woodland,Masonic,Odd Fellows,
    Highland Memorial,Merle Hay Memorial,Pine Hill,McDivitt,Oak Grove,St. Ambrose, Tifereth Israel
    Children Of Israel, Emmanuel, Oakwood(Youngstown),Sims(Agency),Sunset Memorial,& Laurel Hill.
  Walking records by individuals, and township trustee records of various minor
    cemeteries in and around Polk county.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
I have access to card files, computers, and newsclipping collections at the main
   Des Moines Public Library, Iowa Genealogical Society Library, and Iowa State
   Historical Building. The Des Moines Register also has an in-house library, but they
   charge a more expensive fee to look for news articles or pictures.

PHOTOGRAPHY
I will photograph any building, house, or gravesite that can be found without an
   extreme amount of difficulty, for which research is extra. I can photograph what is
   now at a certain location's site at present time, and a living person depending on
   their willingness to have me do so. Video taping , and gravestone rubbings
   can also be done.

OTHER RESOURCES
* Chronological Pictoral Index of Des Moines, Iowa newspapers 1889-1959 -
    This index covers houses, buildings, and advertisements, along with other sites in and
    around Polk County. I created this index, and along with other picture collections that I can
    access, I can probably locate an ancestor's place of employment, and maybe even a picture
    of their homestead. It contains thousands of notations to various views of places in Polk
    county, and sometimes can be a marker for an news article or event.

*  Portrait Collections
*  Iowa, Polk County, and Des Moines historical photo collctions
*  Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints (Mormon) Family History Center
This page was last updated on: April 3, 2011
For those who are interested, I would be willing to search for anything I can find here in Iowa, to trade for certain
personal genealogical records, with persons living in the following areas:

  OHIO:   Guernsey, Monroe, Belmont, Jefferson and  Columbiana counties.
    WEST VIRGINIA:   Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, and Marshall counties.
       PENNSYLVANIA:   Greene, Washington, Fayette and Westmoreland counties.

  WALES:  Glamorgan and Brecon counties

  HUNGARY:   Borsod-Abauj-Zemplen  county      
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                          Genealogical Research In Iowa
                          c/o Nick Hornyak
                          Number 27
                          2835 70th Street
                          Urbandale, Iowa 50322-4812

               (Urbandale is a western suburb of Des Moines, Iowa)
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REFERENCE PAGES
Genealogical Research In Iowa
     Visit this link for other info
HTTP://WWW.INSIDE-IOWA.COM
Visit my other historial links;
 
  History of Barr Bicycle and Fitness, of Clive, Iowa
 
  History of Anthony Cycle Company, of Des Moines, Iowa
 
 Des Moines Bicycle Shops - 1889 to 2011
 
 History of the Mason Motor Car Company, and Maytag Automobile Company
 
 Also visit the "Lost Des Moines" site on Facebook.com
May 19, 2012.