This is the official website of the Genealogical Society of Linn County, Iowa. Due to circumstances beyond our control, other websites may have misinformation and inaccurate prices which we cannot honor.
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: promoting an interest in genealogy, preserving Linn County records of cemeteries, churches, schools, courthouse documents, maps, family histories, and maintaining a genealogical library.
The Society's library is supported entirely through membership dues, monetary donations, and genealogical materials. Donations, memorial gifts, or estate bequests made to our Society are tax deductible under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our library is staffed entirely by volunteers who perform a variety of services. We have no paid staff.
What's in the Library
Visitors to our 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 local funeral homes, cemetery records, Linn County obituaries 1894-present (early books incomplete), files of historical newspaper clippings, military records, Bible records, diaries, family genealogies, misc. photographs, Cedar Rapids city birth records 1921-July 1970 and death records 1894-June 1970, and much more.
We have a large collection of Iowa records such as county and town histories, Quaker records, W.P.A. cemetery records, marriage records, census records, Iowa Federal Census Indexes 1850, 1860, 1870, City directories, and Civil War Rosters.
There is a collection of over 15,000 books and periodicals for other states, including PA, VA, OH, IN, and NY, other countries, immigration records, DAR Lineage books, 2687 microfilm reels, and many reference and "how to" books.
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday and Monday: Closed
813 1st Ave SE Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52406
(Lower level of the Masonic Library & Museum; enter at back of building)
Free parking is available in the rear parking lot across the alley behind the building.
The Society will do research in most situations at a rate of $10.00 per hour for members and $15.00 per hour for nonmembers, plus all copying fees.
Evening meetings are held the 4th Thursday of each month except November, which is held the 3rd Thursday. There are no meetings in December, January, and February. Dates and programs are published in our quarterly newsletter "Linn County Heritage Hunters." Visitors are always welcome to attend any of these meetings, which are held in the Genealogical Society Library.