Resources for Genealogical Information in the Laurens Public Library

The Laurens Public Library is the depository for over 250 books, periodicals,microfilm, files, and folders of information useful for genealogical research. Many of these items have been donated by the Laurens Genies. The list below contains just a few of the resources available, some of which have particular interest for those researching in Laurens and Pocahontas County.

Local Histories

Fire, Wind, and Water: Commemorating 100 years of Community Service of the Laurens Volunteer Fire Fighters -Helen Ducommun, compiler
Havelock, 1881-1981: Preserving the Past-Facing the Future
History of Laurens School by Bonnie Mefferd
The History of the Rush Lake Area by A.C. Haman
Laurens 100: Chronicle of our First 100 Years
Laurens Legacy by Helen Ducommun
Mallard, Iowa 100 Years 1882-1982
The Pioneer History of Pocahontas County, Iowa by Robert Flickinger
Pocahontas 1900-1909 The Golden Age by Poduska and Schreiber
Spirit Lake Centennial 1879-1979
A Tribute by Matie L. Bailey (Turner)

Family Histories

Abbott: Ancestors & Descendants of Albert Cutler Abbott by Marian A. Gunderson
The Dream Fulfilled.... by Raymond R. Beneke
An Autobiography by Roland C. Ferguson
Cone: Ancestors and Descendants of Henry Clay Cone by Marian A. Gunderson
Descendants of Alexander M. by Barbara Vorseth Benson
Descendants of Capt. Freder... by Paul R. Orr
The Dexter and DeYoung Families by Maude Dexter
A Few Memories of Harvey Pace by Harvey Pace Burnham
Loomis Ancestry and Descendants of Milford Loomis by Marion Gunderson
The Norwegian Ancestry of Ever by Marion Gunderson
Poduska Family History/Martin's American Dream by Velma D. Poduska
Sinning-Schlomer and Related Families by Bonnie Heetland
Rentsch-Herold Families in America by Mary Matreyek
Starch in my Family/Starch Family Record by Cheryl Carpenter Shaw


Plat maps of Pocahontas County R.C. Booth Enterprises
Atlas of Pocahontas County, Iowa Title Atlas Company

Newspapers on Microfilm

Pocahontas County Sun- January 29, 1891-May 25, 1916
Laurens Sun- 1916-1993

Federal Census on Microfilm

1870- Page (part), Scott (part), Sac, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Plymouth & Poweshiek, Pottawatamie and Ringold Counties.
1880- Page (part), Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, and Polk (part) Counties
1900-Page (part), Palo Alto, and Pocahontas Counties
1910-O'Brien, Osceola, and Pocahontas Counties

Pocahontas County Vital Statistics on Microfilm

Pocahontas County Iowa , Index- 2 reels
Pocahontas County, Iowa death records
Pocahontas County, Iowa marriage records- 4 reels


Hawkeye Heritage 1966 to current. Bound.
Genealogical Helper 5 years
The Connecticut Nutmegger- bound volumes 1968 - 1965 plus index
The North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal - bound vol. 1976-1994
The Virginia Genealogist - bound volumes 1957-1994 plus index
The Palimpsest- Bound volumes plus index. 1920 to 1996 plus index - name changed to:
Iowa Heritage Illustrated -1997 to current- bound.
The Iowan - 1952-current bound


Portrait of the Midwest by Don Buchan
Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of the Rebellion; together with Historical Sketches of Volunteer Organizations 1861-1866- Vol. 1 through 5.
Iowa- Its History and Foremost Citizens by Johnson Brigham. c 1915 Vol. 1 -3
A Narrative History of the People of Iowa by Edgar Harlan. c 1931 Vol. I -5
Albert City, Iowa Genealogy; 100 Years of Heritage. 1899-1999. in two binders. Contains Genealogy, Genealogy Index, Records of Fairfield Township Cemetery, Cemetery Index, Buena Vista County Index from Plat Books.


Obituary Index, Obituary File. Over 7000 obituaries filed.
Cemetery Indexes
Cemeteries of Clay County, Iowa by Charlotte Mae Brett. c 1983.
Cemeteries of Pocahontas County