The Root Cellar

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Check the webpage regularly for updates on resources, programming news, and special event announcements.

Contact CPL-Lyons staff for research assistance, collection inquiries, and any other genealogy and family history questions.  

Genealogy/Local History Center
105 Main Avenue
Clinton, Iowa 52732

Thursday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday through Wednesday, Closed

Are you new to genealogy and family history? Do you have an interest in these but don’t know where to begin? Maybe you’re a seasoned researcher looking for that hard-to-find piece of information? Or perhaps you’re looking to rekindle a project that’s been on hold...

Whatever your level of experience, we welcome you to visit CPL-Lyons to break through brick walls, connect with other family history and genealogy researchers, and explore the many resources available in our collections and online.

CPL-Lyons holdings include:

        • Local Newspapers (1856-present)
        • City Directories
        • Vital Records (pre-1932)
        • Land Records
        • County School Records
        • Census Records
        • Family Histories
        • Local Histories
        • Maps and Plat Books
        • Year Books and Directories
        • Passenger and Immigration Indexes
        • Cemetery Indices and Sourcebooks


CPL-Lyons also houses hundreds of volumes of pedigree resource files, genealogy periodicals, international genealogical resources, and how-to publications. Check our Catalog for complete holdings information. No doubt you'll find something helpful.