Use the Genealogy Collection
The library has an extensive collection of genealogical materials.
The Nevada Public Library has a large collection of obituaries in the Obituary File. We also have books on the history of Nevada, Story County, and Iowa. We hold the Nevada (Evening) Journal newspapers in print or on microfilm back to April 1895. Other newspapers held on microfilm are the Nevada Representative from May 1870 to June 1922 and the Story County Watchman from March 1877 to October 1906. Also on microfilm, we have the censuses for Story County. The state censuses are from 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, and 1925. The Federal censuses are from 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920. The library has plat maps and directories for Nevada and Story County. There are also some family histories and church histories as well as histories of other towns in Story County.