IAGenWeb Project - Clayton co.

Clayton County Resources

This page was updated 05/22/2019

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Genealogical and Historical Societies * Vital Records Information * Clayton co. Libraries
Clayton co. Newspapers * Clayton co. Books for Sale * Fee Based Researchers * Clayton co. Websites
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Genealogical and Historical Societies

Clayton County Genealogical Society

Their new genealogy center opened fall 2015 in the Becker Center
119 N. Main St.
PO Box 846
Elkader, IA 52043


Carter House Museum
Elkader Historical Society
101 E. High St., Elkader, IA


Edgewood Museum
109 W. Union St.--PO Box 395
Edgewood, IA 52042

Garnavillo Historical Society

203 North Washington Street
Garnavillo, IA 52049
On-line newspaper archive


Guttenberg Heritage Society Museum

Housed in the Lockmaster’s House Heritage Museum near Lock & Dam 10 in Guttenberg. Open Memorial Day weekend-Fall Leaf peak in October. More information on their Facebook page.


Monona Historical Society
Monona Historical Museum
Willa Helwig History Center

302 S. Egbert St
Monona IA 52159
(563) 539-2640 or 539-2689
Open M-F 1-4pm or weekends by appointment



Vital Records Information

Iowa Vital Records Bureau

In Iowa, official registration of births, deaths, and marriages began July 1, 1880. All original records that have been registered are on file with the Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics.


Clayton County Court House

111 High Street
Elkader IA 52403
(563) 245-2710

Clayton co. courthouse - Elkader

Clayton co. Libraries
-please phone the library for current info. on the days and times they are open; may vary by season-
-the collections & resources listed below are not a complete listing-

Elkader Public Library
103 N Main
PO Box 310
Elkader IA 52043
(563) 245-1466
On-line newspaper archive

Some of their collections & resources - note: some of these materials may have been moved to the new genealogy center
Local, County & Family histories, County cemetery records, County atlases & plat maps.
Newspapers on microfilm:
Clayton County Register (1855-1900)
Clayton County Register (1980-present)
Volga City News (1917-1933)
Guttenberg Press (1897-1902)
Strawberry Point Press (1877-1886)
Garnavillo Clayton County Herald (1854-1857)
Guttenberg Mississippi Valley Register (1859-1861)
Postville Graphic (1898-1899)
Postville Review (1873-1902)
North Iowa Times (McGregor) (1856-1907)
Postville-Iowa Volks Blatt (1892-1902)


McGregor Public Library
334 Main St.
PO Box 398
McGregor, IA 52157
(563) 873-3318

Some of their collections & resources:
Local, County & Family histories, County cemetery records, County atlases & plat maps, McGregor City directories & telephone books, County histories of other counties & telephone books of other towns.
North Iowa Times (Oct. 10, 1856-Nov. 29, 1865; Aug. 3, 1870-Dec. 27, 1888; June, 1897-Dec., 1910; Mar.,
1913-June, 1983) (no index)
Special resources:
Newspaper clippings in binders from early 1900s (Indexed)

Garnavillo Public Library

122 Main
Garnavillo, IA 52049
(563) 426-2119

Some of their collections & resources:
Local & County histories, County atlases & plat maps, Garnavillo City directories & Telephone books, Telephone books of other towns, Town & County Cemetery records

Littleport Public Library

155 W. Main
PO Box 58
Littleport, IA 52055

Some of their collections & resources:
Local & County histories, Birth records for county (some), County atlases, Littleport City directories & Telephone books, Directories & telephone books of other towns
Newspapers: Clayton County Register (current)

Farmersburg Public Library

106 S Main St
Farmersburg, IA 52407
(563) 536-2229
Guttenberg Public Library

603 S 2 St.
Guttenberg IA 52052
(563) 252-3108
On-line newspaper archive

Murphy Memorial Library
- Monona
111 N. Page St.
Box 430
Monona IA
(563) 539-2356

Strawberry Point Public Library

401 Commercial St.
Strawberry Point, IA 52076
(563) 933-4340

Volga Public LIbrary

505 Washington St.
Volga, IA
(563) 767-3511
Edgewood Public Library

203 W. Union St.
Edgewood, IA
(563) 928-6242

Clayton co. Newspapers

Clayton County Register
106 Cedar St NW
Elkader IA 52043
Guttenberg Press
10 Shiller
Guttenberg IA 52052
Edgewood Reminder
P.O. Box 458
Edgewood IA 52042

North Iowa Times

134 Main St
McGregor IA 52157
The Outlook

116 W. Center St
Monona, Iowa 52159

Clayton County Books For Sale
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Good Grit Press
Ronald Harris, editor

Publications for sale:
Giard's First Hundred Years
The Eastman Cemetery, Clayton co. Pioneers

Froelich, Iowa, Birthplace of the First Gasoline Tractor
Someday I Shall Sing Again, The Collected Poems of E. Leslie Spaulding

Ron Harris has been deeply involved in the preservation of Clayton county's history for many years. Income from mail orders will go back into producing more books.

Fee Based Researchers
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Contact the Clayton co. IAGenWeb coordinator if you'd like your name added here.
You will be asked for a brief overview of what you likely can help researchers with. All financial arrangements will be between the two parties.

Clayton co. Websites

Clayton county, Iowa
official website

County Seat of Clayton county

One town - 2 counties

website (town)

Gem of the Prairie


Historic Rivertown

McGregor & Marquette
145 years on the Mississippi

Garden City of Iowa

Strawberry Point
Welcomes the World !!

Volga City
In the Volga River Valley


IAGenWeb Special Projects
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Iowa in the Civil War Project
Iowa in the Civil War Project

Iowa in the Great War
Iowa in the Great War Project

Iowa in WWII Project
Iowa in World War II Project

Iowa Gravestone Photo Project
Iowa Gravestone Photo Project

Iowa WPA Graves Survey Project
Iowa WPA Graves Survey
Iowa Old Press
Iowa Old Press

Iowa State Census Project
Iowa State Census Project

Iowa Orphan Train Project

Iowa Family Group Sheets
Iowa Family Group Sheets

Iowa History Project


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