About Bonnie Samuel

Ray J Samuel, ca 1920

Ray J Samuel, ca 1920

Iowa native, Bonnie Samuel, is the founder of Ancestor Research Iowa and provides genealogical professional research services to clients seeking historical records related to their Iowa ancestors. (Research may include sources in Kansas, Missouri and Illinois as well.)

With over thirty years genealogy research, course work, and study, Bonnie’s skills, and knowledge of Iowa genealogical and historical resources, will help you discover more about the lives of your ancestors.

Bonnie is also an advocate for genealogical education to foster good research skills. She developed a monthly education series, “Genealogy Plus,” now in it’s fourth year, hosted through the Story County Genealogical Society in partnership with the Ames Public Library in Ames, Iowa.

Genealogy Plus provides knowledgeable speakers presenting on the genealogical research process, resources and organization, such as Genealogy Proof Standard, source citation, immigration, vital records, military records and cultural and historical events that shaped our ancestors lives. 

Bonnie also developed a Genealogy Research Fundamentals course for the Story County Genealogical Society and Ames Public Library. The first course took place in the fall of 2016, graduated students who had the acquired and developed the basic and fundamental research skills to create a foundation for their research. The Fundamentals class is offered twice yearly and prepares students to effectively perform focused research, cite sources properly.

A graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Bonnie earned a BA degree with major in Sociology, minor in Political Science. Throughout her career in administrative and program development work, she developed skills in project development and management, writing, research, media relations and event organization. 

Contact: bonnie@ancestorresearchiowa.com