Genealogy & History Group:

Join our Genealogy & History Group: The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Call (563)578-3324 or email to be added to the email list for news and event reminders.

Want to join remotely? Sign up with your email and you can join us via Zoom!

Tuesday, May 9 at 2:30pm

We will be slowing down this month. If you would like to come in with questions and some “one-on-one” time you can stop in from 2:30-3:30. There will be no set  topic.

Ancestry Library:

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Ancestry® Library Edition* is one of the most important genealogical collections available today. 
It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world! 
Stop in and get started on family research today!
Not sure where to start? Join the Genealogy & History Group!

*available only onsite

This service is sponsored and funded by the Sumner Public Library Foundation


Visit our Local History Room:

Filled with an ever growing collection of historical items, our local history room is the perfect place for someone to research local and familial histories. 

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Local Newspaper 1881-2021:

The Local History room has a microfilm viewer to view the collection of microfilm. Patrons must check out the machine and microfilm at the circulation desk. 

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Scanning Hub:

We hope to have our scanning hub set up inside the library soon. Now is as good of a time as ever to start going through old photos!

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Downtown Sumner

Bremer County Historical Society:

402 W. Bremer Ave, Waverly, IA 50677

(319) 352-1309



Family Search:

Discover your family's story through historical records.​ With Family Search's collection of billions of records, you can piece together your ancestors’ history and bring stories to life.


American Ancestors:

by New England Historic Genealogical Society. More than 1 billion searchable names from America and beyond.


National Archives:

Explore our nation's history through our documents, photos, and records.


Iowa Historical Newspapers:

University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library Iowa list of historical newspaper links.


Find a Grave:

World's largest gravesite collection. Over 180 million memorials created since 1995.