Genealogy Collection

The library has an extensive collection of genealogical materials for in-library use. Our collection includes local family histories, cemetery records and other items of interest.

The genealogical collection housed at the Ida Grove Library is owned by the Ida County Genealogical Society, which was organized on June 11, 1991.

The collection includes microfilm of the local area newspapers as well as census records. We house books of local family histories, cemetery records, histories of Ida Grove and surrounding towns, plat books, atlases, school yearbooks, church histories, books of Ida County Civil War Veterans and a multitude of other articles from the Ida Grove and Ida County areas.

Due to the nature of the items in the genealogical collection, we do not circulate these items, however, anyone is welcome to visit the library during open hours to view the collection and library staff are always happy to help make copies of information contained in the genealogical collection.

In addition to microfilm records and numerous volumes housed in the library, the Ida Grove Library took on a digitization project in 2017 and 2018 to complete our newspaper records, funded in part by the Ida County Betterment Foundation and the State Historical Society of Iowa's Historic Resource Development Program (HRDP). This online resource is aptly named: The Community History Archives of the Ida Grove Public Library. These records can be accessed from anywhere in the world, all you need is an internet connection and a little knowledge of who and/or what you are searching for.


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The Community History Archives is a digital archive of Ida Grove and Ida County Newspapers. Housed in this collection include all available records for the Ida County Pioneer, Ida Grove Era, Ida County Watch, Maple Valley Era, Ida County Pioneer Record, and Ida County Courier. With records dating back to 1877, this is online research at it's best for all things Ida Grove!




IAGenWeb is part of the USGenWeb Project, a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. The Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone.




Iowa Heritage Digital Collections is a resource for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone else interested in the people, places, and institutions of Iowa. The site provides free access to digital collections from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions.


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