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Use the Genealogy Collection

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


The library has a Genealogy Room containing historical records from Delaware County and beyond.  Included are archives of city and county newspapers, cemetery records, family histories, county history records, and numerous other collections.  There is also a microfilm reader and printer.  This room is maintained by the Delaware County Genealogical Society and is located on the lower level of the Library. 

The public can use this room during regular Library hours by signing for a key at the main circulation desk.  Materials from this room may not be checked out; however, many materials from the Genealogy Room may be reproduced.  Photocopies are 25 cents/page and microfilm copies are 30 cents/page.

  • Help for users of the Genealogy Room can be found in these Instructions for First Time Users.
  • For a description of newspapers, census records, and other information on microfilm in our Genealogy Room, click here.
  • To see an online copy of The History of Delaware County, Iowa: Containing a History of the County, its Cities, Towns,... click here.
  • The online copy of History of Delaware County, Iowa, and its People, Volume I can be found here.
  • For links to genealogy websites, click here.

Research assistance is generally not available by Library staff.  If you are in the area, members of the Genealogical Society may be available to assist you with research by appointment.  Contact the Library and we can help by putting you in contact with a member of the Genealogical Society.

For those unable to do their own research or who need information from a distance, the Delaware County Genealogical Society may be able to do research for you.  The Society may charge a fee for research, photocopying, postage, etc.  Requests can be made by e-mail to the Library at or by mail to:

          Delaware County Genealogical Society
          c/o Manchester Public Library
          304 North Franklin Street
          Manchester, IA  52057 



Genealogy Room 

Genealogy Room Microfilm


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.