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.

Humboldt and Other Newspaper Archives

Archived newspapers of the local and regional newspapers of the Humboldt County area and many, many others.

This is an archive of many, many newspapers.  The content of the archive is based upon the microfilm of the old newspapers, so some of the images aren’t quite perfect.  It’s interesting to look at the ads for various businesses around town and to read about the issues of eras past.

NewspaperARCHIVE is the world’s best resource for historical and genealogical information.  This unique archive spans more than 400 years of family history, small-town events, world news and more.

Explore your family tree and discover your history at NewspaperARCHIVE, the world’s largest online newspaper archive.

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