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Is anyone familiar with any of these Duncan's?
(taken from the 1860 census for Johnson Co.)
Samuel DUNCAN 49 PA
Margaret 45 PA
Robert 20 PA
Jennie 18 PA
Kennedy 15 PA
Minnie 12 PA
Samuel 9 PA
These Duncan's are enumerated in the 1850 census for Fayette Co., Pa.
I suspect that Robert, age 20, might be the father of my G-Grandfather,
Robert Duncan, born 8/15/1859, in Johnson Co.
Robert's mother is Elizabeth Geary, born May 1839 in Indiana. Geary may be
her married name.
Would love to learn more about this family.
Sincerely, Kathy Duncan Cawley
Iowa State Historical Library
402 Iowa Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240
(NE corner of Iowa Ave. & S. Linn St.)
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9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
They have free lockers for your purse, tote bag etc.
I haven't done much research in the land and probate records. The vital
records, birth, death, and marriage have been moved from the courthouse to
the county administration building.
There is a very good newspaper collection at the State Historical Society
Library. I don't live near Iowa City anymore, so can't tell you what the
It has been a few years since I have done research in the County Courthouse
(my grandfather, J. J. Hotz, has his name on the courthouse cornerstone). I
found the staff helpful but busy. There was a room where you could take the
original record books for searching.
Don't overlook the Iowa Historical Library on Iowa Ave. It has a lot of
stuff including microfilm of perhaps everything that is at the courthouse.
I found that Ancestry.com has two great Iowa databases-
Iowa Cemetery Records and Iowa Marriages, 1851-1900
It is a paid subscription to access these, but I have found some great info.
I am looking for a very rare name in (Iowa City) Johnson County - the
surname of Mungovan. If you run across anyone with that name, could you
please let me know? They lived in Iowa City (James and Hannah are buried in
St. Joseph Cemetery in Iowa City) and some are buried in St. Peters Windham,
Hardin County (Lawrence and Joanna). I am not sure how close to Iowa City
the St. Peters Cemetery would be, whether Iowa City people might be buried
----- Original Message -----
From: "Judy Shaw" <jshaw(a)wt.net>
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2001 11:50 AM
> I will be making a trip to Iowa City in June to do some genealogy
research. Both of my grandparents, Claude M. & Mary Gunn Spicer and
Harrison H. & Jessie Sinco Gibbs lived in Johnson County in the mid 1900's.
Actually, I was born and raised in Iowa City.
> Could any of you help me with what records are in the courthouse and what
hours they are opened? Is there a room to look up deeds and probate? And
do they welcome genealogists? Also, does The Press Citizen have newspapers
on microfilm and do they have a copier? It is my understanding that the
library doesn't have many records. Any information would be most
> Thank you so much.
> Judy Spicer Shaw
> Plano, Texas
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Marriage, Birth, Death, and property records are at the county recorder's
office. The vital records do not begin--except some stray licenses-- until
1880. If you go to the recorder's office in Iowa City they have all of the
marriage records scanned into a searchable computer program.
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I hope you will answer Judy Shaw's questions on this web newletter. I am
also going to try and find my greatgrandparents marriage license from October
1854. Can someone tell the location of where this type of record would be
Thanks in advance.......
Glennda Merry in Tucson
I will be making a trip to Iowa City in June to do some genealogy research. Both of my grandparents, Claude M. & Mary Gunn Spicer and Harrison H. & Jessie Sinco Gibbs lived in Johnson County in the mid 1900's. Actually, I was born and raised in Iowa City.
Could any of you help me with what records are in the courthouse and what hours they are opened? Is there a room to look up deeds and probate? And do they welcome genealogists? Also, does The Press Citizen have newspapers on microfilm and do they have a copier? It is my understanding that the library doesn't have many records. Any information would be most appreciated.
Thank you so much.
Judy Spicer Shaw
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