The Root Cellar

RC Welcome

Check The Root Cellar webpage regularly for updates on resources, programming news, and special event announcements. Contact Root Cellar staff for research assistance, collection inquiries, and any other genealogy and family history questions.  

Lyons Branch Library
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 the Root Cellar to break through brick walls, connect with other family history and genealogy researchers, and explore the many resources available in our collections and online.

Root Cellar 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


The Root Cellar also houses hundreds of volumes of pedigree resource files, genealogy periodicals, international genealogical resources, how-to publications, and the Clinton Public Library Reference Collection. Check our Catalog for complete holdings information. No doubt you'll find something helpful and the Root Cellar looks forward to being a part of your family reunion.