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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.

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: 

  • 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...
  • Enter at least your deceased ancestor's last name and then click Search...
  • Family, Local, American, and World History Resource Collection History reveals about the past and informs people about how the world evolved to its present state.  This is why it's important for people to learn about history.  On a personal level, finding out about family history provides a link to one's roots.  It's also interesting to discover the local history of the state because  you will know more about local cultures and peoples.  Though relatively young, America has a rich history so it's always good to discover your heritage in light of the accomplishments of fellow Americans.  On the international level, world history suggest the richness and diversity of the human race through thousands of years.  Here's a resource collection on family, local, American, and world history.
  • Find a grave:  This site will allow a person to find a grave.
  • Ancestor Hunt-Free - Free Genealogy Search Engines Search for your family surnames in this large collection of free genealogy search engines including Mormon Church (LDS) records, Ellis Island recores search...
  • Genealogy, Ancestry and Family History Search, Family Tree  Ancestry, Genealogy, Family Tree, and Family History Search at  Free Genealogy Search with Death Records, Birth Records, ...
  • Free Genealogy Resources The sites on this list are great, informative resources that are free to use (though some are only free for a limited period, and are listed accordingly).
  • Iowa Digital Newspaper Project:  Chronicling America is a Website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper  Program (NDNP).  Each NDNP participant receives an award to select and digitize approximately 100,000 newspaper pages representing that state's regional history, geographic coverage, and events of the particular time period being covered. One of the newspapers selected was the Iowa Plain Dealer from Cresco, IA.  This newspaper is digitized from 3/1/1910 to 12/31/1920.
  • Welcome to Iowa:  County Vital Records (IAGenWeb Project)--This site can bring up the counties in Iowa and provide cemetery census, death notices, Obituaries, etc.
  • Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet A large categorized and cross-referenced directory of sites useful for genealogical research, with hundreds of thousands of links.
  • State Historical Society of Iowa A main repository of Iowa historical and genealogical information.
  • National Archives:  State Archives Genealogists may need to get information from state archives and historical societies.  Here is contact information.
  • QR:  Online Genealogy Resources The internet makes it easy to view many historical records and data online.
  • Repository of Primary Sources A listing of over 5,000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar. html
  • Society of American Archivists Organizations, associations and groups related to or of interest to the archival profession.
  • Tree Removal  Trace your family tree.  A ton of resources all in one place.
  • United States Citizenship Information - Making Government Processes Easy Trace Your Family Roots From Immigration to U.S. Citizenship:  A Genealogy Guide There are links to many good genealogical internet sites that will help anyone interested in searching their family roots to get a great start.  There is a special section for children as well.


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