Genealogy Collection

The Library has an extensive collection of genealogical materials including local family histories, cemetery records and other items of interest.

Printed Materials

Some may be checked out for a 2-week period. Others are for in-Library-use only.

  • Madison County cemetery records – alphabetical and row-by-row notebooks
  • Obituary newspaper clippings and funeral programs (over 20,000)
  • Family histories: books, notebooks and hanging files
  • Madison County vital records: probate, birth, marriage, and death probate records
  • Madison County census records
  • Published histories for local towns as well as Madison and surrounding counties
  • Passenger & Immigration List Index
  • Mayflower Quarterly

Online Access

  • 12 computer stations on which to search databases such as which holds extensive Madison County genealogical information, including searchable Madison County newspapers.
  • Library Edition (LE) holds a vast amount of genealogical information. The LE is similar to a paid personal subscription, but without DNA, posted family trees/photos, and local history, obituary, immigration, and newspaper collections.
  • Heritage Quest is a broad resource for family history with searches for census records, family and local history books, wills and probates, Freedmen’s Bank records, plus research aids and much more.

Microfilm and Equipment

  • Microfilmed newspapers (1871- 2003) plus probates; land deeds; justice dockets; soldier enlistments, rosters and discharges; guardianships; and more
  • 1 digital microfilm reader/printer ($10 per copy) with ability to save to a thumb drive
  • 1 microfilm/fiche reader

Research Assistance

Due to limited staff, the Library cannot conduct your research for you. Please contact the Madison County Genealogy Society or a private researcher. The Madison County Genealogical Society offers assistance for $10/hour and can be contacted at

Genealogy Links

Iowa Heritage Links