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Thanks to Connie Street for sending in this photo of the Jones county courthouse. Click on it for a larger version. The building was dedicated on September 10, 1937, and is still serving the county. This page lists a variety of resources for Jones county records, both in the county and beyond. Also, check the Links Page for additional on-line resources.
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[space]JONES COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
[space]JONES COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
[space]ANAMOSA PUBLIC LIBRARY
[space]MONTICELLO PUBLIC LIBRARY
[space]WREGIE PUBLIC LIBRARY
[space]IOWA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
[space]STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF IOWA
[space]L.D.S. FAMILY HISTORY CENTERS
[space]RESEARCHERS FOR HIRE
[space]ORDERING VITAL RECORDS
 
Jones County Genealogical Society
Stone City The Society was formed in 1985. Our purpose is to create and foster an interest in genealogy, to help individuals in the search of their ancestors, to gather and preserve genealogical records relative to our ancestors, founders and settlers. Membership is open to all interested in genealogy, biological and historical research.

MAILING ADDRESS:
Jones County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 174
Anamosa, Iowa 52205
or email La Verta Langenberg

LIBRARY:
The Jones County Genealogical Society now has a new location for all their books— inside the wonderful new Anamosa Library & Learning Center.
The address is 600 E. First Street.
The hours are: Mon. thru Thurs. 10-7
Friday 10-5
Saturday 10-3
Sunday Closed

LIBRARY FEES:
Fee is not mandatory, but free-will donations are appreciated. JCGS Members and Jones County Residents = No charge. Others = $2.00 per day.

RESEARCH:
The Jones County Genealogical Society will do research for a fee. The charge for research in Jones county is $10 per hour. Include a two-hour deposit and SASE with any requests. Mail to: Jones County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 174, Anamosa, Iowa 52205. Extensive research requests may be turned over to paid researchers, who in turn will notify you of their fees in advance of any research.

JONES COUNTY EARLY PIONEER CERTIFICATE:
Send SASE for information.
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Jones County Historical Society
[Edinburgh Church] The Jones County Historical Society was organized in the early 1970s and began construction of a museum complex near where Edinburgh, the first county seat, had been located. All items on display have been donated and volunteers maintain the grounds, buildings and displays. The museum is located about two miles east of Amber on Rt. E 23.

There are eleven buildings, some authentic and some newly constructed—including a replica of the log cabin which served as the countiy's first courthouse, the Sutton school, the Kolarik blacksmith shop (moved from Oxford Junction), and an early church—all filled with a treasure of memorabilia of early life in Iowa, from Civil War letters to antique farm equipment.

HOURS:
Sunday afternoons, May-September, and by appointment

ADDRESS:
13838 Edinburgh Rd., Scotch Grove, IA 52310

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iajchs/jchs.html

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Anamosa Public Library
The Anamosa Library & Learning Center has moved to their new location at 600 E. First Street. The Jones County Genealogical Society has space at that facility. The library has some genealogical resources, including extensive information on the State Penitentiary. The Anamosa Eureka and Anamosa Journal are available on microfilm.
HOURS:
Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

ADDRESS:
600 East First Street, Anamosa, Iowa 52205

PHONE:
319-462-2183

EMAIL:
Kate Bullen, Director

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE:
http://www.anamosa.lib.ia.us/
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Monticello Public Library
Monticello Public LibraryMonticello's library was founded in 1903. Primary funding for the library comes from the City of Monticello, with additional funding from the Jones County Board of Supervisors and the State Library of Iowa. The library has the Monticello Express on microfilm 1865-1994.
ADDRESS:
116 E. Grand St., Monticello, Iowa 52310

PHONE:
319-465-3354

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE:
http://www.monticello.lib.ia.us/

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Wregie Memorial Public Library, Oxford Junction
Wregie Memorial Library, Oxford Junction The library has the Oxford Mirror dated from 1879 to 1953 on microfilm, historical photos, the locally produced books Oxford Junction 1871-1971 and Oxford Junction Quasquicentennial 1996, census records on microfilm, Oxford Junction senior Class photos dating from 1924-1988. The library has a collection of local family histories. They will be happy to accept a copy of your Oxford Junction-based family history.
ADDRESS:
105 W. Broadway, P.O. Box 345, Oxford Junction, Iowa 52323

PHONE:
563-826-2450 Phone and Fax

EMAIL:
wregieml@netins.net

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE:
http://showcase.netins.net/web/wregiememlib/
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State Historical Society of Iowa
[State Historical Society Logo]The library and archives maintain a large collection of materials related to the history of Iowa and the Upper Midwest. The collection includes 210,000 volumes, 35,000 reels of microfilms, 6,000 sheets of maps, 1.5 million photographs, 4,000 autographs, 8,000 linear feet of manuscripts, 1,800 reels of oral history tapes, an extensive set of bound Iowa newspapers, plus video tapes, sound recordings, and other ephemera.

One of the most useful resources available from the State Historical Society is their collection of microfilmed newspapers via interlibrary loan. The cost per patron request (1 or 2 roles) is $6. The request must be placed through a library and sent to:

Interlibrary Loan
State Historical Society of Iowa
402 Iowa Avenue
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
319-335-3916
or
Interlibrary Loan
State Historical Society of Iowa
600 East Locust
Des Moines, IA 50319
515-281-6200
Click here for details.
VISIT THEIR WEBSITE:
http://www.iowahistory.org/

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Iowa Genealogical Society
[Iowa Genealogy Society logo]The Iowa Genealogical Society will do research for a fee. Please send one request per letter with $10 USD (check or money order) to cover the one-hour research fee, as well as a SASE. Limit each request letter to one surname or one husband-wife couple. Include as much known data as possible in the letter (names, dates, locations, etc.) in order to initiate a search for the requested data. Send request letters "Attention: Research Committee." Please be patient. Requests are researched on a first-come, first-served basis and are dependent upon available volunteer resources.
ADDRESS:
Iowa Genealogical Society
628 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-1924

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE:
http://www.iowagenealogy.org
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L.D.S. Family History Centers [Family History Library]
If you can't make a trip to Jones county, one of your best resources is your local Church of Latter-Day Saints Family History Center. You do not need to be a member of the church to use the facilities. The centers vary in size, in hours of operation and in on-site resources, but you can order microfilm from the main library at Salt Lake City for a nominal fee and photocopy the records you need.

Available microfilms related to Jones county include US Census Records, Iowa State Census Records, County Birth, Marriage and Death Records, County Land, Probate, Divorce and Misc. Court Records, some Cemetery Records and a number of the County Histories.

[space]LIST OF JONES COUNTY MICROFILMS

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE:
[space]Main Page
[space]Search for Ancestors
[space]Search the Family History Center Library Catalog
[space]Find Your Local Family History Center


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Jones County Researchers
There are a number of people in Jones County who will do research for you. Their names and address are listed below for your information and not as an endorsement. Be sure to discuss their experience, qualifications and fees with them in advance of any agreement for them to perform research for you. Ask for the names and addresses of previous clients that you can contact for recommendations.

[space]Laverta Langenberg
[space]21692 20th Street, Lisbon, IA 52253
[space]Jones County Genealogical Society
[space]P.O. Box 174, Anamosa, IA 52205
[space]Helen Whannel
[space]209 Valley West Drive, West Des Moines, IA 50265
[space]Specializes in all areas of genealogy research for the
[space]State of Iowa, as well as extensive use of Iowa
[space]newspapers from the past to the present.

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Ordering Vital Statistics
Jones county courthouse If you can't go to Anamosa yourself and rummage through all the wonderful Jones county records at the Courthouse, your best bet is to order microfilm at your local L.D.S. Family History Center or other library and rummage through the microfilm and make copies. However, if you find it necessary to request an item directly from the state or county, here's what to do:
FROM THE STATE OF IOWA
The Iowa State Department of Public Health has birth records from July 1, 1880, marriages from July 1, 1916 and deaths from January 1, 1891. However, the state did not make registration mandatory until July 1921, consequently less than 50% of the vital records were recorded before that date. For earlier records write to the county recorder. Detailed instructions for ordering by mail or by phone are posted on their website:
Iowa State Department of Public Health
Bureau of Health Statistics

FROM THE JONES COUNTY RECORDER
The public has the right to inspect and copy vital records in the custody of county recorder, except for records that have been sealed by a court. Inspection must be done in person at the recorder's office. Records may be hand copied by the customer or photocopied by the county recorder for a reasonable copy fee. These "uncertified" copies may only be issued to customers who visit the office in person and look up the record. They will,often be stamped "Not for Legal Purposes" or something similar.

Only "certified" copies may be issued through mail-in applications. Certified copies cost $10 each. To secure a certified copy of a record from the county recorder, applicants must have direct or tangible interest in the record. In other words, you must be the person named on the record or have a lineal relationship to the registrant, such as parent, grandparent, child, legal guardian, or legal representative. All requests or applications for each certificate must be in writing and include the purpose for the certificate. Write to:

County Recorder, County Court House
Anamosa, Iowa 52205

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