Genealogy Collection

Use the Genealogy Collection & Area History

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

The Garnavillo Public Library has extensive historical and genealogy information about Garnavillo and Clayton County.

Most of the material in this collection was researched and complied by Arnold and Lavern Roggman.


Family Histories and Genealogy (These volumes have been researched and compiled by the family members.)

  • Joachim Kuehl and Mary Fick Families - compiled by Lanny Kuehl
  • Joachim Kuehl and Dorothy Zacher Families - compiled by Lanny Kuehl
  • Descendants of Joachim Christian Kuhl ( Kuehl) - compiled by Lanny Kuehl
  • Johann Bernard and Anna Maria Voss family
  • Descendents of Herman Henry (Heinrich) & Margaret Anna Meyer Brandt
  • Aulwes Family History and Genealogy
  • Tangeman Family History
  • Seitzberg Family
  • Fruechtenicht Family
  • Dresser Family
  • The Dettmer Family of Garnavillo and Beyond
  • Johanningmeier Family
  • The Descendants of J. Gerhard and M. Margaretha Willenbrock Kregel
  • Carl and Elisa Meyer Family
  • Meyer Family
  • The Putzier Family: From Germany to Clayton County, Iowa
  • Schulte / Schoulte Family History
  • Wilhelm and Catherine (Stuckhoff) Schulte Family History
  • My Childhood: A Time of Change 1930-1940 by Faye Elizabeth Wahls
  • Thies and Wendt Family History - compiled by Grace E. (Benjegerdes) Keir
  • Joseph Thein & Wilhemina Jauert - May 23, 1877
  • From Bavaria, Germany to New York - Sept. 1839 - Jacob and Margaret Stack Thein
  • The First One Hundred Sixty Years, The History of Millville 1833 to 1993
  • James A McCleland/McClelland and Juliet Granville Oliphant McClelland family
  • James A McCleland/McClelland and Juliet Granville Oliphant McClelland family 1838-
  • Captain James A McClelland and the War of 1812
  • Descendancy chart for Hans Juergen Wiedow
  • Descendants of Richard Hassand
  • The Benjegerdes Family History: From Germany to Iowa
  • The Sippe (Clan) : Overbeck - Averbeck

Historical Materials and Books

  • Garnavillo-Gem of the Prairie
  • Histories of Clayton County, Iowa
  • Eastman Cemetery
  • Garnavillo Mill History
  • 1886 Clayton County Plat Book
  • History of Clayton County, Iowa Schools
  • Elk Township Country Schools
  • Mallory Township Schools
  • Cox Creek Township Schools
  • The Schools of Garnavillo Township History
  • History of the Clayton Town School and the Clayton Township Country School
  • Clayton County Fair's Sesquicentennial-1856 to 2004
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church Memories, Garnavillo, Iowa
  • St. Peter Lutheran Church 1897-1997
  • St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church 1853-1953
  • St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church 1853-1978
  • St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church directory 1989

 Clayton, Iowa 1875 History donated to the Garnavillo Public Library by Kent & Cindy Werges.

Also available are copied information of marriage and cemetery records for St. Paul's Lutheran Church as well as other historical information too numerous to list.

Check out the following websites for more information:

The Garnavillo Public Library and the Garnavillo Historical Society have added historical area photos to the Iowa Heritage Digital Collection. The collection will be an ongoing project. Type "Garnavillo" in the search all box on the Iowa Heritage page to find numerous photos that have been added to this site. 

Clayton County Stone Structures