Genealogy has become a favorite pastime of many curious about their family history.  Whether you are just starting to track your family tree or are trying to locate those last few pieces we can help! Below are some helpful resources for you on your journey to chronicle your family tree.  Click on the title for the resource you want to access. 


Ancestry Library Edition

The best collection of family history how-to and genealogy learning materials on the Internet from  This website is only available from within the library.  So come use one of our computers or bring your laptop and check out this website.



Dyersville Commercial Newspaper Archives

View the archives of the Dyersville Mercury and Dyersville Commercial newspapers from 1859-2020. You can only access this archive from within the library. This project is supported by the State Historical Society of Iowa, Historical Resource Development Program & Friends of the JKPL.


Census Online

The Web's largest directory of links to online census transcriptions.


Cyndi's List

Your genealogical research portal onto the Internet, complete with a categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet.


Ellis Island Records

Search passenger lists, find photos of immigrants, and learn about the immigration experience.


Family Search

The largest collection of free family history, family tree, and genealogy records in the world.



Search records and contribute your own family history


Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

Features all of the records of the Iowa State Historical Society holdings that are currently open to the public including historical documents, genealogical records, newspapers, photos, artifact images and more.  Additional the state archives comprise records that have been produced from government functions and activities. 


 Iowa Genealogy Web Project (IAGENWEB)

IAGENWEB is part of the USGENWEB Project, a group of volunteers working together to provide internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.  The project is non-commercial and fully committeed to free acces for everyong.


US Genealogy Web Project (USGENWEB)

Utilize free genealogy Web sites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. Organization is by county and state, and this Web site provides you with links to all the state genealogy Web sites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties. This collection is invaluable for any genealogy researcher.


US National Archives

Operated by the National Archives in Washington, D.C., this site has records of the census, military, immigration and naturalization, among others.

DNA testing that links you with relatives.


United States Census data

Access information from U.S. census records


American War Memorials Overseas

There are well over one thousand different memorial sites worldwide honoring America's overseas wartime service.  In most cases, neither the United States government nor local governments have the responsibility or the resources to document and maintain these sites. American War Memorials Overseas documents, promotes, and preserves these precious, non-government supported sites of America's overseas wartime legacy.


Find A Grave-Nationally

Find a Grave's mission is to find, record, and present final disposition information from around the world as a virtual cemetery experience.  Join is free!


Find a Grave in Iowa

Browse over 1.2 million gravestone photo records from across the state of Iowa!


US Gen Web

The USGenWeb Project ® was established in 1996 by a group of genealogists who shared a desire to create free online resources for genealogical research. Originally beginning with online directories of text-based resources, their vision has grown into a network of over 3000 linked websites, all individually created and maintained by a community of volunteers. Today you may find a variety of unique county and state resources including photos, maps, transcriptions, historical documents, helpful links, and much more.


Iowa Gen Web

IAGenWEb is part of the USGenWeb Project, a group of volunteers working together to provide internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. From the Iowa page you can access the pages for each county in Iowa.