Local History Finds at the Guthrie Center Library

Genealogy Section – Guthrie Center Library

I recently spent the morning at the Mary J. Barnett Library in Guthrie Center, perusing their genealogy section. They have a large genealogy/local history section.  It was far too large for me to catalog during my Saturday morning visit, but you can search their catalog from the comfort of your own couch.

The following are some of the highlights I found in my visit:

General Guthrie County

  • Numerous books about Iowa history and interests (tons of books)
  • History of Guthrie & Adair Counties (1884)
  • Past & Present – Guthrie County, Iowa (1907)
  • 1989 Pictorial Atlas of Guthrie County
  • 1928 Atlas and Plat Book of Guthrie County (it’s big, and its’ beautiful)
  • Many newer plat books (1950’s – today)
  • Newspapers from several Guthrie County towns during their centennial celebrations
  • Numerous indexes and abstracts regarding Guthrie County births, deaths, marriages, etc. (including indexes for Guthrie Center Times, Panora Vedette and Adair newspapers)
  • Research materials related to other locations (southern US, across the ocean, etc.)

Family Histories and Memoirs

  • A Glance Into the Past, Part I, II and III: These are books that the Guthrie Center High School sophomore class compiled during the early 80’s. The students researched and wrote about historical places of interest and events, and there are many interviews/biographies of townspeople included. These are fun!
  • Darlene Kinman Memory Book
  • The McCool Family
  • Adrian Merrill and His Descendants
  • The Family of Ann Jones and John Knauer
  • The Sheeder Family in Iowa – The First Four Generations
  • Heckmann Family Tree
  • Autobiography of Leora Goff Wilson (1890-1987)
  • The History and Genealogy of the Nathan Goff Family
  • My Mother’s Family – Klinzman
  • Memories of Yesteryear – Dorothy Davies
  • Cavault-Young – A History
  • Artig Family History (includes – Dye, Lonsdale, Hinkley, Groom, Harrington, Bouck, Turritten, Artig, Healy, MaCann, Rowland and McNally)
  • Fred B. Owen Jr. Reminisces About the Early Days of North Branch Community & Families (1960’s)

Guthrie Center Library – Who wouldn’t want to research at this cozy desk?


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