Local History & Genealogy

The library has an extensive collection of genealogical and local history materials including Anamosa and Jones County histories, local family histories, cemetery records, and other items of interest. 

Our full physical holdings are searchable with our online catalog.
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Anamosa- A Reminiscence 1838 - 1988

"Anamosa - A Reminiscence 1838 - 1988" by Bertha Finn is considered the definitive history of Anamosa.

A digital version of this book is at available Archive.org by clicking here.
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Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition is one of the world's premiere genealogical databases.  It is TEMPORARILY available for remote use from your home.  Contact Library Staff for the password and instructions.

Click here to access.
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Jones County Genealogy Collection

The library serves as the repository for all Jones County Genealogical Society materials.  Materials and media are available to the public during the library's normal service hours.

Search the library catalog for all holdings.
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Jones County Genealogy Website

Researchers can also find a lot of information on a privately-maintained Jones County genealogy website.

Click here to access.
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Jones County Newspaper Archive

The Jones County Genealogical Society and county libraries collaborated to digitize and place online the counties newspapers.

Click here to access.
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Myles Database

Researcher Tom Myles has generously shared his genealogical database of Jones County families.  The database includes information for about 360,000 individuals.

It is only available inside the library.
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