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The Root Cellar: Genealogy, Local History, and Reference Collections

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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.  

306 8th Avenue South
Clinton, Iowa 52732
In the basement
Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Closed


Every day is a Family Reunion at The Root Cellar!


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.

 Programs at the Root Cellar:


Genealogy Day Announcement

  • April's Genealogy Day will be held on Saturday April 26th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Computers are reserved for Genealogy Day participants from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • $5 covers lunch and up to 50 free black and white photocopies or printouts
  • Color photocopies and printouts are available for $0.35 per printed page



Resources at The Root Cellar:




Ancestry Library Edition is available on all computers throughout the library and only requires your library card for access. Researchers have access to hundreds of millions of census records, vital records, and immigration records from the U.S., Canada, Europe and other parts of the world. It also contains over 150 millions military service records from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War. In addition, patrons have access to millions of multi-media files including photographs, postcards, newsreels, and many other formats.

 Heritage Quest

Heritage Quest Online is available onsite and online for all library card holders. HQ includes complete Federal Census records from 1790-1940, over 28,000 local and family histories, and index of over 2.3 million entries from genealogy and local history articles. Patrons can also access specialized databases including the Revolutionary Way pension record, the Freedman’s Bank, and the U.S. Congress Serial set.


EBSCO Host is available onsite and online for all library card holders. Patrons have access to dozens of databases, journal titles, and magazines with full-text articles and primary resources. EBSCO also features an advance search option with ability to choose publication type, filter by format, and collect citations.





 Other Web Resources:


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Upcoming Events
World Book Night 2014 Apr 23, 2014 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM — Clinton Public Library
Storytime at 10 am Apr 24, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Children's Dept., 2nd Floor, Main
Mother/Daughter Book Club Apr 24, 2014 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM — Children's Dept., Main Branch
Genealogy Day at the Root Cellar Apr 26, 2014 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM — CPL Root Cellar
Friends of the Library Fundraiser Apr 28, 2014 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM — Pizza Ranch
Minecraft for Kids Apr 29, 2014 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM — Children's Dept, Main Branch
Storytime at 10 am Apr 30, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Children's Dept., 2nd Floor, Main
Afternoon Adventures at 2:30 pm Apr 30, 2014 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM — 2nd Floor, Main Library
Nancy Drew: Iowa's Heroine to the World Apr 30, 2014 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM — 2nd floor - Main Library
Storytime at 10 am May 01, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Children's Dept., 2nd Floor, Main
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