Genealogy Collection


If you have any Genealogy questions, please call 712-527-5252 or email


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

The Genealogy collection includes the holdings of the Mills County Genealogical Society.  There is an obituary card file dating from 1879 to present, which references the newspaper from which it is abstracted from.

Microfilm holdings include Federal and State Census records for Mills and surrounding Counties.

Also on microfilm are the newspapers from the following cities: Glenwood, Malvern and Tabor.

The Glenwood Public Library also subscribes to Ancestry database, available for use in the library.

The genealogy room is available during regular business hours; however, staff are not always available to provide assistance.   If you are coming from out of town, please call to set up an appointment to make sure we have staff that can assist you during your visit: 712-527-5252.

You might also want to check out these links on Genealogy:

National Archives:Genealogists/Family Historians - A great starting place for genealogical research, how-to tips for beginners and experts, links to primary sources world-wide, and databases of family trees.

National Archives: State Archives - Genealogists may need to get information from state archives and historical societies.    Here is contact information as of January, 2020.

Cyndi’s List - A categorized and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet, 261,000+ links for family history! (as of January 2020).

State Historical Society of Iowa - A main repository of Iowa historical and genealogical information.

Interested in History? Check out the Iowa Historical Society.