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Use the Local and Family History Department

The library has an extensive collection of genealogical materials including local family histories, cemetery records and other items of interest.

Volunteers in Local & Family HistoryVolunteers

The Donnellson Public Library is famous in the area for the extensive collection of local history items, including family histories, and obituaries and cemetery listings from Lee Co. and surrounding counties in Missouri, including Clark Co.  We have family histories contributed by area residents, family files, one-of-a-kind local history compilations, and many self-created binders containing historical material.  We have many Donnellson area papers on microfilm, including the Donnellson Review from June 23, 1910-June 4, 1970, the Donnellson Star from August 1975-present, and Fort Madison Daily Democrat, Jan. 14, 1874-August 4,1925.  We also have microfilms with Iowa census information dating back to 1856, and census data from Lee Co. and Des Moines Counties through 1925.  We have Missouri census data for Clark, Clay & Clinton Counties from 1850-1900.

Now available are professionally printed maps, in color, of the early Lee Co. Atlases, which contain information about each township of Lee Co.  The atlases are dated 1874, 1897 and 1916, and show the farms and landholdings by name of the owner.  These maps are printed in color, and on heavy paper, suitable for framing.  They cost $5.00 each. 

Maps for sale by The Local and Family History DepartmentOld plat maps of Lee Co.


Currently, our tireless genealogy volunteers work on Thursday afternoons, and are available for e-mail queries by addressing them to: 

Diane Kruse:   or

Sharon Meierotto: 

Interested in more Iowa History?  Check out the Iowa Historical Society 

We are in the process of reorganizing our obituary collection.  We will soon have a link to the names in our collection on the Iowa GENWEB site.   This will be our collection of obituaries from Lee County, contiguous counties in Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa, including Van Buren County.  Please feel free to contact us. 

We suggest that those with inquiries successfully answered by our volunteers make a donation to the department, based on $3.00 for each inquiry.  All proceeds are used to buy items and supplies needed in the department, and to maintain our equipment. 

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.