Iola Public Library

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Iola Public Library
Iola public library

Contact Information[edit | edit source]



218 E Madison Ave.
Iola, Kansas 66749-3332

Telephone:[1]  620-365-3262

Hours and holidays:[1]  Monday-Thursday, 9:30-8:00 ; Friday-Saturday, 9:00-5:00.

Google map: Iola Public Library

Internet sites and databases:

  • Iola Public Library reading festival, friends, genealogy, history, reads, meeting spaces, online services, policies, programs, services and collections.
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    Search our Catalog (SEKnFIND) online. Search by keyword, title, author, subject, ISBN, series, or call number. Also available in WorldCat.

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Their genealogy collection is good for all of Kansas including family folders, special indexes, and published records for many of the counties of Kansas.[2] For Allen County they have a marriage index, obituary index, cemetery transcripts, history, and newspapers.[3]

The library is known for its genealogy collection. The Raymond L. Willson genealogy collection contains 4300 books and 12,500 reels of censuses and newspapers on microfilm. Volunteers from the Southeast Kansas Genealogy Society are sometimes available to guide users, or you can ask for help at the library’s front desk.[4]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Iola Public Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

Similar Collections

  • Johnson County Library, Overland Park, both a Kansas and a genealogy collection, mostly books, and periodicals with family folders. Also covers Missouri, Tennessee, and Kentucky.</ref>
  • Kansas Genealogical Society, Dodge City, has the best set of family folders and genealogical periodicals in Kansas.</ref>. Also, clippings, obituaries, and an online catalog.
  • Kansas Historical Society, Topeka, clearly the best place to start researching Kansas ancestors including newspapers, county records, biographies, genealogies, land records, and railroads.[9] Statewide births and deaths prior to 1894; City of Topeka births and deaths 1885-1912.[10]
  • Wichita Public Library Genealogy Center, has many genealogies with an emphasis mostly on books, periodicals, and special publications for southeast KS, and corners of MO, AR, and OK.</ref>

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Home in Iola Public Library (accessed 16 February 2016).
  2. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 47. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  3. County Genealogy Research Resources in Allen County, Kansas (accessed 16 February 2014).
  4. Services and Collections in Iola Public Library (accessed 16 February 2016).
  5. Dollarhide and Bremer, 2.
  6. Dollarhide and Bremer, 67.
  7. Research Library in American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (accessed 3 February 2016).
  8. Amanda Wahlmeier, Orphan Train Research Center curator,, 28 September 2012, e-mail to David Dilts,
  9. Dollarhide and Bremer, 47.
  10. Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Shawnee County (accessed 8 February 2016).
  11. Alice Eichholz, ed., Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 234. Ancestry digital copy ($); WorldCat 55947869; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 9th ed. (Logan, Utah: Everton Pub., 1999), 143. WorldCat 812163213; FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
  13. Topeka Genealogical Society Library in Topeka Genealogical Society (accessed 4 February 2016).
  14. KDHE Office of Vital Statistics in Kansas Department of Health and Environment (accessed 4 February 2016).
  15. Midwest Genealogy Center in Mid-Continent Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
  16. Dollarhide and Bremer, 47 and 67.
  17. Special Collections in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).