Humboldt County Genealogical Society

The Humboldt County Genealogical Society was formed January 7, 1987 in Humboldt, Iowa. The Society maintains an extensive collection of local histories, cemetery records, family histories, and obituaries in the Humboldt Public Library. The Society purchases a microreader/printer for viewing microfilm records of the Humboldt Independent and Humboldt Republican newspapers, which are on file at the library.

Additional resources can also be found at the Humboldt County Historical Museum, which is located in Dakota City, Iowa.  Any questions or comments can be directed to Martha Schmidt at or (515) 604-4963.



The Humboldt Public Library offers use of the Ancestry Library Edition, which allows access to various databases that may be helpful to research. This service is only available from within the Humboldt Public Library. You cannot access it from a computer outside the library.



Another useful research tool is the Humboldt newspaper archives. These archives contain the first 130 years or so of Humboldt newspapers. It is searchable by name and/or date. The content of the archive is based upon the microfilm of the old newspapers, so not all images are pristine. Click on the image or link above to visit the archives. For the Member Login at the top of the first page, enter username: humboldtpl and password: archive.





If you’re looking for information and news about the Livermore area, try the Digital Archives of The Humboldt County Genealogical Society.  The various newspapers that are listed contain information and news about the Livermore area from 1882 – 1980. No login information is required.