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The genealogy library contains valuable resources for those doing family history research and our librarians are always ready to help with your search for family genealogy information.

There are volunteers in the library from 1pm - 5pm (Monday-Saturday) each afternoon during the normal season and the Genealogy Library is closed on Sundays. Even though we are closed each winter, a volunteer will be glad to do a search at any time of the year.

If you have a request for genealogy research, please contact a research librarian using the Contact Us link above. The fee charged for genealogy research is $8.00 per hour and photocopies are $.25 each.
Below is an example listing of the various records contained in our library, most pertaining to Wayne County, IA and surrounding areas:

  • Birth records dating from 1880
  • Marriages from 1851
  • Obituaries from 1890
  • Complete Census Records 1850 and 1870-1930
  • Cemetery Books 1846 - 1991
  • Cemetery Books and Information for Appanoose, Decatur, and Lucas counties in Iowa as well as Putnam and Mercer counties in Missouri
  • Family Files
  • Family History Collection
  • Local Newspaper Clippings for towns of Wayne County (1900 to Present)
  • Biography Books of Wayne County
  • History of Wayne County