IAGenWeb Project - Clayton co.

Clayton County Resources

This page was updated 09/22/2015

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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

  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-

Also visit the Clayton co. Libraries website or the libraries genealogy corner

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

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.
On-line newspaper archive
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
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
Giard's First Hundred Years
The Eastman Cemetery, Clayton co. Pioneers

FROELICH, IOWA, Birthplace of the First Gasoline Tractor

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. Watch for the collected poems of McGregor poet, E. Leslie Spaulding to be out (hopefully) in time for Christmas 2012. Also in the works are "The History of Giard Township" and "With Good Grit: The Story of Emma Eastman", both planned for 2013-2014.


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.


Clayton co. Websites

Clayton county, Iowa
official website

County Seat of Clayton county

One town - 2 counties


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 Old Press
Iowa Old Press

Iowa in the Civil War Project
Iowa in the Civil War Project

Iowa in the Great War Project
Iowa in the Great War

Iowa in World War II Project
Iowa in WWII Project

Iowa State Census Project
Iowa State Census Project

Iowa Family Group Sheets
Iowa Family Group Sheets

Iowa Orphan Train Project
Iowa Orphan Train Riders

Iowa Gravestone Photo Project
Iowa Gravestone Photo Project

Iowa WPA Graves Survey
Iowa WPA Graves Survey Project

Iowa History Project


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