Local History/Genealogy

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Requesting Genealogy Information:

The Reference staff is eager to assist you in locating local history and genealogy information. We can provide photocopies for patrons who request information to be mailed to them. The charge for this service is $.10 per page plus postage. We also can scan and email files of requested information if desired. Donations are accepted. You can also search the Webster City Tribune online through our Digital Archive.

To request help with a genealogy or local history project, please email pascaleb@kylib.org or call (515) 832-9100 and request Reference.


Genealogy/Local History Research at Kendall Young Library:

For research into the history of Hamilton County and its people, the following resources are available:

  • Atlases, Maps and Plat Books
  • Bergeson Funeral Home Records
  • Biographical Record for Hamilton County
  • Birth, Death and Marriage Index 1881-1916
  • Cemetery Records
  • City Directories
  • Charlotte Crosley's Hamilton County History Scrapbooks
  • Church Histories and Records
  • Clark Mollenhoff Collection
  • Family Files and Genealogies
  • Foster Funeral Home Records
  • Freeman Journal 1857-present
  • Freeman Journal Index 1857-1883
  • Hamilton County Official Records
    • Birth Records
    • Death Records
    • Iowa State Census (1885, 1895, 1905, 1925)
    • Marriage Records
    • Naturalization Records
    •  Index to Will Records
  • Heritage Quest Online database
  • Iowa Federal Census (1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930)
  • Local Author Collection
  • McCauley-Chapman Funeral Home Records
  • Obituary Index 1976-present
  • Post Card and Photo Collection
  • Webster City Journal 1902-1916
  • Webster City Tribune 1886-1917 (Search online here!)
  • Yearbooks


You can also search the Daily Freeman Journal (1857-2014), Webster City Tribune (1886-1916), Jewell Record (1886-1922) and Williams Wasp (1898-1910) online through our Digital Archives.

                                                                                                                      Genealogy Department