Research and Family History

The Historical Society is justly proud of the extensive research library housed within the Clinton Engines Building.  It is a busy place.  Serious researchers from around the country pour over county history records; casual history buffs enjoy perusing the thousands of books and files, and family history enthusiasts work to extend their “roots”.  

Resources available:

Published histories of Jackson County

Published histories of towns within the county

Federal and State (IA) census records

Numerous county newspapers

Cemetery & burial records

Church records

Birth, death and marriage records

Immigration & naturalization records

Miscellaneous county probate records / District Court records

Archive of over 7,000 vintage photographs from J. Co.

The Society partners with the Jackson County Genealogical Chapter, the Genies!  We share records, technology and researchers and it is a win-win for all.  Information included in the library are countless family history files and published works of  family genealogies.  Genie volunteers help those searching, acquaint visitors with Ancestry, and other like organizations, and answer queries that come in by mail, email or phone.  They keep files of the results so that others looking into the same families can take advantage of that previous research, possibly connecting with other family members.  


The Library has internet, a copy machine, and state of the art microfilm reader that allows the user to find articles, cut and paste selected material which can then be printed, saved to computer or memory stick or emailed.  


The research library maintains the same hours as the museums.  The library is open to all, with no charge to members of the Historical Society or the Genies.  Non-members pay a $5 admission fee.