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Use the Genealogy Collection

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


 The Cresco Public Library has an extensive collection of local history materials that is updated frequently by the Howard-Winneshiek Genealogy Society.  Print and non-print materials are available for research during regular library hours.  The genealogy materials are located at the south end on main floor of the library and are for in-house use only.  The Howard-Winneshiek Genealogy Society has written a helpful resource guide for anyone interested in the genealogical resources that are available at the Cresco Public Library.  The library staff can give patrons a quick overview of our collection and help acquaint visitors with the resource guide. (Please note: The Genealogy section is not staffed. If you have questions while doing genealogy research at Cresco Public Library, a library staff person can contact a member of our Genealogy Society to see if they can stop by the library while you are here and help you with your research).

or contact the library webmaster with your question(s) We will pass on your question(s) to the local genealogy group.

The Howard-Winneshiek Genealogy Society's Collection of Newspapers is Now Digitized

Research from the comfort of home by clicking on the following link

Howard Winneshiek Digitized Newspapers 2

Read more about this project in the Cresco Times Plain Dealer

Genealogy Society newspaper photo

Gert pic 1

Gert Wheeler, at left, presents a
donation in honor of the memory
of her sister, Ruth (Peden) Nelson
to Genealogical Society member
Judy Strike. Gert says, 'Ruth and
I enjoyed coming to the library and
doing family research at the
genealogical society for many years."


Several helpful links to genealogical sites can be found under "Do Research", including our local resource, supplied by The Howard-Winneshiek Genealogy Society.  Genealogy Picture


Some interesting sites for the genealogist: 

  • Best DNA Testing Kits For Ancestry:  We’ve consulted the best genetics experts and PhDs around to create an unbiased, informational review of all the DNA tests on the market.
  • Big List of Genealogy Links Research your family's roots to get the big picture about your name, your personality and even your career choices. Finding the facts can be fun, rewarding, and at times frustrating. You may encounter roadblocks and dead ends along the way. However, if you are persistent and organized, you can eventually find out quite a lot about your family.
  •  Family History and Genealogy Records The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides an online search of the millions of names in its International Genealogical Index...


Check our other page for other information--click here

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This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.