Don't know if this will be of help (or interest) to anyone else, but I
went to the LDS website to search their FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY CATALOG
for references on Johnson County Iowa.
Couldn't find any entries for Johnson Co.
My original question mentioned WPA. Some may not be familiar with the
WPA; it is short for Works Progress Administration, a part of the U.S.
government. It seems my parents said the WPA was created back in the
early 1940s to give people jobs. Evidently the group that compiled vital
records came under the heading "Writers Program Of The Work Projects
Administration." With this info, I set out to search a couple libraries.
Since the Iowa City Public Library is right there in Johnson Co. It
seemed they would be a good place to check. They have an online catalog,
so searching using what I knew, I found several WPA works for other
States, but none for Iowa.
The Allen County (Ft. Wayne, IN) Library is said to be one of the best
in the nation. http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/
Checking their online catalog, they list one reference done by the WPA
that includes info on Johnson Co:
"Grave records of Allamakee, Johnson, Howard and Lucas Counties :
partial record of Adair, Guthrie, Madison and Marion Counties
United States" Work Projects Administration. Iowa.
Not what I was originally looking for, but another method of finding
when someone died.
[Now to see who else has that same reference!]
Rosalie E. Fanlo wrote:
You might check the Mormon website. They may have microfilms of the
WPA books in their lists. That would tell you if the books are
available for Iowa.