Ancestry Library Edition – provides more than 7,000 available databases containing billions of records in census data, vital records, photos, family histories, immigration records, family histories, court and legal documents, directories, military records, maps and more. Ongoing updates and new content is always being added. This is a wonderful resource for continual genealogical and historical information searching. Note: This resource is only available within the Library on one of the Library computers.

Online Links

Research your family genealogy
Madison County Genealogical Web Page
Madison County Genealogical Web Page
National Archives: Genealogists/Family Historians
A great starting place for genealogical research, how-to tips for beginners and experts, links to primary sources world-wide, and databases of family trees.
National Archives: State Archives
Genealogists may need to get information from state archives and historical societies. Here is contact information as of January, 2006
Cyndi’s List
A categorized and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet, 261,000+ links for family history! (as of 9/1/06)
Repository of Primary Sources
A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar.
Iowa Genealogical Society
IGS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create and foster an interest in genealogy and to aid others in researching their family history. IGS was founded in 1965 by a small group of dedicated genealogists who met in members’ houses and carried the original collection in an orange crate. Today our 3,000+ members are worldwide and the book collection alone spans the length of over five football fields.

P4Antiques Reference
A resource that allows you to search for your antiques and find out what they brought at auction.

State Historical Society of Iowa
A main repository of Iowa historical and genealogical information.
Society of American Archivists
Organizations, associations and groups related to or of interest to the archival profession.
The History of Madison County, 1879
Comprehensive history of Madison county and early settlers during the first 30 years.
Atlas of Madison County, Iowa
A full-text digital copy of a 1912 Atlas of Madison County, Iowa
1915 History of Madison County, Iowa, and It’s People Vol. I
A 1915 history of Madison County, Iowa and its people.

1915 History of Madison County, Iowa, and It’s People Vol. II

Volume One contains Madison County History. Volume II contains individual and family histories.

History and Business Directory of Madison County, Iowa, 1869
A 1869 history and business directory of Madison County, Iowa.
Winterset Newspapers are now digitized, 1871-1977
A digitized version of The Winterset Madisonian and all its title variations from 1871-1977, and also the various years of The Winterset News, The Winterset Reporter, The Winterset Review, The Madison County Reporter, and all their title variations are now available online. A few issues of The Independent (Macksburg), East Peru Mail, and Truro News are also included. This is a new free online historical research tool.