About the Clayton County Genealogical Society
We are a no-profit organization with 60 members. Volunteers and donations of pictures, memories, scrapbooks, family genealogical materials are welcome. Due to a generous donation to the CCGS, we were able to open a permanent home for our resources in the fall of 2015. Materials that were housed at the Elkader public library are now at the new facility.
Memberships: $8/year single membership and $10/year for a family (couple) membership. Lifetime member (age 55 and older) $100, includes a free 1984 Clayton County History book.
Memorials and donations
have purchased an extensive collection of Clayton County
microfilmed census records and newspapers.
- images of the Clayton County Register and other Clayton co. newspapers are now available for viewing online in the digital archives of the Elkader Public Library. Click this link to open the archives in a new window.
Some of our
*We have published over 11,000 pages of compiled history! Check out our publications! Note! The publications list was updated 10/27/2017.
*Our Cemetery Location" booklet features all of the 160-plus cemeteries in Clayton County.
*Published two editions of the Clayton County Surname Index, that has been placed in every Clayton County library, IGS, and surrounding counties.
*Sponsored the Everton Publsihers Genealogical Workshop in May 1986, with Gay and Albert Kowallis of Utah, an audience of 86 persons.
*Held the "first" northeast Iowa Regional Genealogical Society Seminar, November 1987,with Professor Eldon Knuth of California. Over 200 people attended.
*Organized a Cemetery Preservation Slide Show in September 1989, presented by Paul Maddy. Approximately 200 people were present.
*Held a seminar by Prof. Eldon Knuth, on the verification of Karl Wiedow as Jurnjakob Swehn regarding the infamous German letters from Iowa farmers to J. Gillhoff, teacher of Glaisin, Mecklenburg. At Clayton Center, 1997. We hosted 3 photographers from Mecklenburg (Germany) area at this seminar, displaying their photos.
*Hosted Udo Baarch, President of the Gilloff Society of Glaisin, Mecklenburg at an open house in Monona 1998.
*Held the first northeast Iowa Region 3 Genealogical meeting, August 2000. Hosted a book signing for translator Richard Trost of the infamous Jurnjakob Swehn, der Amerikafahrer book. Now available in English for the first time, Letters of a German American Farmer.
*Formed a Clayton County Cemetery Restoration Committee. Volunteers help to restore cemeteries.
*Northeast Iowa Civil War presentation - Clayton County Civil War Soldiers of the 21st Regiment - by Carl Ingwalson Jr. of San Diego, California, October 2017.
After you've browsed our website, please visit the Clayton co. IAGenWeb for lots of research data.
Note: the Clayton co. Genealogy Society & Clayton co. IAGenWeb are not affiliated.
Page updated 11/08/2017 by sgf