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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Library contains many documents useful for genealogy researchers. Click here to go directly to the Iowa Research Outline. Family history centers are branches of the Family History Library where one can review microfilm rolls loaned from the main library in Salt Lake City. Locate the family history center near you.


Cresco Public Library
320 N. Elm Street,
Cresco, Iowa 52136
Phone: 563-547-2540

Elma Public Library
710 Busti Avenue
Elma, Iowa 50628
Phone: 641-393-8100
Email: Barb Schroeder

Lime Springs Public Library
112 Main Street
Lime Springs, Iowa 52155
Phone: 563-566-2868

Riceville Public Library
Contact: Jim Cross
307 Woodland Avenue
Riceville, Iowa 50466
Phone: 641-985-2273


Howard County Recorder
137 North Elm Street, Cresco, IA 52136-1526
Clerk of Court 563-547-9206

  • Birth Records from 1880
  • Death Records from 1880
  • Marriage Records from mid 1875
    some from 1859 - 1865
  • Land Records from 1855
    town lots 1856
  • Probate Records from 1880
  • Court Records from 1880
  • The courthouse also has naturalization and probate / will records

The court house burned in 1879. Records prior to 1880 are not complete.

After July 1, 1997 births, deaths and marriages were transferred from the Clerk of Court to the County Recorders office.