Frequently Asked Questions

We know that finding one's roots can be a struggle. Our job here is to put as much info online to help you as we can. We know you may still have problems or questions. 

I know my family is from Clinton County, but I couldn't find anything about them on your site.

Unfortunately, Everything isn't online. There are so many sources of information. With everything we do have on the Clinton County site, we have barely scratched the surface of what is available. There may be several records of your ancestors - we just haven't gotten them online yet. 

Where do I find copies of the Birth, Marriage or Death record that I need?

Depending on what you need, you will need to write to the courthouse, county clerk or Iowa's Bureau of Vital Records. (See the Records page for more info on what's available from each.) BUT, many times you can get more information for less money by viewing microfilm. Microfilm is available through LDS Family History Centers, the Clinton Public Library or the Iowa State Historical Society.

Can you do me a favor and look-up something for me?

Please see the Look-Up Volunteers page for someone who may be able to help. I'm sorry to say I just can't do look-ups and I'm not very good at it anyway. 

The Curtis Company

I have doors and/or windows in my house that were made by the Curtis Company. Can you tell me where I can get replacements or have them fixed?

The Curtis Company was very prominent in Clinton for a long time but according to Sash and Door Factory, the factory closed in Clinton in 1966.





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