Local Research Resources

Check out these local resources when researching your Guthrie County ancestors.  There are many digital newspaper collections to peruse from the comfort of your own home, and more history to discover if you are interested in a day trip.

Mary J. Barnett Memorial Library

This library houses a searchable Online Digital Newspaper Archive for the following newspapers:

The Guthrian  (1879 – 1986)
The Guthrie Center Times (1940 – 2015)
The Guthrie County Times (1951 -1952)
The Guthrie Times (1912 – 1920)
The Guthrie County Vedette (1981)
The Times (1920 – 1940)

In addition, they have a small genealogy collection at the library.  Through the library, you can access Heritage Quest online without stepping outside your house.

Stuart Public Library

This library houses a searchable Online Digital Newspaper Archive for the following newspapers:

The Stuart Herald (1901 – 2015)
The Stuart Locomotive (1871 – 1900)
The Stuart Locomotive & Ledger (1883)
The Stuart News (1916 – 1921)

Coon Rapids Public Library

The library houses a searchable Online Digital Newspaper Archive for the following newspapers:

The Coon Rapids Enterprise

Bayard Public Library

The library houses a searchable Online Digital Newspaper Archive for the following newspapers:

The Bagley Gazette (1938)
The Bayard Advocate (1914 – 1918)
The Bayard Bulletin (1922 – 1924)
The Bayard News (1884 – 1885)
The News Gazette (1984 – 2015)
The Bayard News (1969 – 1972)

The Guthrie County Genealogical Society
Jamaica Public Library

Tucked away in the Jamaica Library is a treasure trove of information just waiting for you to explore.  You can get a feel for some of the records they house here, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg.  It’s well worth taking a day off work and spending it at the library.  Call ahead of time as their hours vary and I couldn’t find a website.  Phone: (641) 429-3362

 

The Guthrie County Historical Village

This is an amazing little gem located in Panora, Iowa.  The authentic historical buildings that make up this village are filled with local items and artifacts – many donated by area families.  Stop by and take a tour – you won’t be disappointed!

The Iowa Genealogical Society

Their library is located across the street from the State Historical Museum in Des Moines.  They have an extensive collection of periodicals and records, as well as online research materials.  The Iowa Society offers classes and there are special interest groups that meet regularly.  Can’t make it to the library?  They can help you research!

The State Historical Society of Iowa

The closest Research Center is at the State Historical Museum in Des Moines, but there is another in Iowa City.

You can peruse a catalogue of their collection here.  The Society has an extensive collection of newspapers on microfilm from all over the state, as well as county records.

 

 

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