Linn County, Iowa
GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

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location: · mailing address:
813 1st Avenue SE · P.O. Box 175
Cedar Rapids, Iowa · Cedar Rapids, Iowa
· 52406
(319) 369-0022


Who Are We?
The Genealogical Society of Linn County, Iowa was organized in 1965 under the name Linn County Heritage Society with sixteen members. In 1994, with a membership of over 300, the name was changed to better reflect the aims and goals of the Society. The goals are to promote an interest in genealogy, to preserve Linn County records of cemeteries, churches, schools, courthouse documents, maps, family histories and to maintain a genealogical library.

The Society's library is supported entirely through membership dues, monetary donations and genealogical materials. Donations, research fees and sale of Genealogical materials, memorials gifts, or estate bequests made to our Society are tax deductible. Our library is staffed entirely by volunteers who perform a variety of services. We have no paid staff. The library is located at 1st Avenue and 8th Street SE, Cedar Rapids in the Masonic Library & Museum.

What's In the Library?



Visitors to the Society's library will find a large collection of Linn County Books, including County and City Histories, City Directories from 1869-present, maps, atlases, a collection of Linn Co. school and church records, mortuary records of many funeral homes, cemetery records, Linn County obituaries 1894 to present (early books incomplete), files of historical newspaper clippings, military records, bibles records, diaries, family genealogies, misc. photographs, Cedar Rapids Birth Records 1921-1970,Cedar Rapids Death Records 1894-1970 and much more.

There is a large collection of Iowa Records such as county and town histories, Quaker records, W.P.A. cemetery records, Iowa Federal Census Indexes 1850, 1860, 1870, city directories, and Civil War Rosters.

A collection of Over 15,000 Books and Periodicals for other states and countries; including PA, VA, OH, IN, and NY, immigration records, DAR Linage books, and many reference and "how to" books. The collection also includes 300 Computer Disks and 2,646 Microfilm Rolls.

Meetings
Evening meetings which are held the 4th Thursday of each month except November which is held the 3rd Thursday. There are no meetings in December and January. Dates and programs are published in the "Linn County Heritage Hunters." quarterly newsletter and in the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Visitors are always welcome to attend these meetings, which at the Genealogical Society Library. Located in the lower level of the Masonic Library.
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Microfilm Records - Linn County

  • Marriage Records 1840-1928
  • Marriage Indexes 1840-1933
checkBirths
  • Birth Records 1880-1932
  • Birth Indexes 1880-1924

checkDeaths
  • Death Records 1880-1924
  • Death Indexes 1880-1924
checkNaturalizations
  • Declaration of Intention 1873-1906
  • Naturalization Records 1856-1878
  • Naturalization Calendar 1898-1903
  • Naturalization Indexes 1881-1906

checkProbates
  • Administrator's Bonds 1873-1895
  • Guardianship Records 1840-1920
  • Probate Records     1840-1924     
  • Probate Indexes     1840-1900     

checkFederal Census
  • Linn County 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930
  • Iowa Soundex 1880, 1900, 1920

checkState Census
  • Wisconsin Territorial 1836-1842
  • Census of Cedar Rapids    1895
  • Linn County (indexed)      1856
  • Linn County (indexed)      1885
  • Linn County (indexed)      1895
  • Linn County                      1915
  • Linn County (indexed)     1925
checkLand Records
  • Land Records 1841-1886
  • Land Records Indexes 1841-1890
  • Town Lot Records 1856-1893
  • Town Lot Indexes 1855-1870

checkMiscellaneous
  • Quaker Records 1865-1910
  • Birth Records / Titus (see note) 1921-1958
  • Death Records / Titus (see note) 1921-1959
  • Newspapers

    • Cedar Rapids Gazetteer 1883-1915
    • Cedar Rapids Republican 1872-1885
    • Cedar Rapids Standard 1878-1887
    • Cedar Rapids Times 1871-1883
    • Cedar Rapids Weekly Gazette 1890-1906
    • Cedar Valley Times 1857-1870
    • Center Point 1873-1951
    • Central City 1859-1957
    • Coggan 1916-1972
    • Lisbon 1888-1922
    • Marion Sentinel 1890-1988
    • Mt. Vernon Hawkeye 1869-1984
    • Springville 1896-1935
    • Walker 1883-1942
    • Western IA 1859-1870

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    Microfiche Collection
    • American Gazetteer 1797
    • LDS Family Registry, July 1989
    • Lovell's Gazetteer of British North America
    • Genealogical and Historical Atlas of the United States 1790-1909
    • History of Berks County, PA 1846
    • History of the Cumberland Valley in Pennsylvania 1862-1934
    • Norwegian Postal Guide 1901
    • Register of towns, 1841-1881 Census of England and Wales (indexed by streets)
    • German Gazetteer, 1912 with maps (all in German)
    • Survey Gazetteer of the British Isles (9th Edition, 1964)
    • Vital Records of Rhode Island 1636-1850
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    Genealogical Research
  • The Society will do research in most situations at a rate of $10.00 per hour for members and $15.00 per hour for non members, plus all copying fees.
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    Membership Dues
  • Yearly membership dues for the Genealogical society (valid from January 1 to December 31 of each year) are $15.00 for an indivual and $18.00 for a family. Members will receive the "Linn County Heritage Hunters" quarterly newsletter.
    Queries
  • The "Dear Genie" column was established in the Sunday edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette in January 1973 to aid anyone searching for an Iowa ancestor. Queries have 50 word limit and must have an Iowa connection. Send printed or typed queries to: Dear Genie, P.O. Box 175, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406 "
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    Available to Purchase
      checkPioneer Certificates
      An application must be completed and information verified.
      Pioneer Certificate per Ancestor $5.00 each.
    • A Gold Seal Certificate
      will be given for ancestors in Linn County prior to 1850
    • A Silver Seal Certificate
      will be given for ancestors in Linn County after 1850
      checkMaps
      • 1889 Cedar Rapids (25"x36") $5.00
      • 1894 Cedar Rapids (25"x29") $3.00
      • Linn County Cemeteries (17"x22") $3.00
      • 1859 Linn County (42"x58") $7.00
      • 1869 Linn County (36"x50") $7.00

      checkLinn County Cemetery Records
      (Each Township Indexed)

      • Bertram Township $10.00
      • Brown Township $10.00
      • Boulder Township $5.00
      • Buffalo Township $5.00
      • Clinton Township $8.00
      • College Township $6.00
      • Fairfax Township $6.00
      • Fayette Township $6.00
      • Franklin Township $22.00
      • Grant Township $6.00
      • Jackson Township $11.00
      • Linn Township $5.00
      • Maine Township $9.00
      • Marion Township $5.00
      • Monroe Township $12.00
      • Otter Creek Township $6.00
      • Putnam Township $5.00
      • Spring Grove Township $7.00
      • Washington Township $14.00

      Cedar Rapids and Marion Cemeteries:
      • Cedar Rapids City Cemetery $9.00
      • Czech National Cemetery $22.00
      • Eben Israel Cemetery $5.00
      • Linwood Cemetery $29.00
      • Mt. Calvary Cemetery $22.00
      • Oak Hill Cemetery $29.00
      • Oak Shade Cemetery (Marion) $17.00
      • St. George Cemetery $5.00
      • St. Johns Cemetery $14.00

        checkCedar Rapids Obituaries
        1950 - 1985 Indexed.

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      For further information about records and genealogical research offered by the Genealogical Society of Linn County, Iowa please write to:

      P.O. Box 175
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
      (319) 369-0022


      Note: The Titus records were compiled by Miss Titus, who was the Marion city clerk at one time. There are 15 or 16 thin books in all and the records are presented in a table form, but these books aren't a primary resource. The records are primary of Marion people, but there may be a few included from the county itself.
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      Linn County Project