Local History & Genealogy

  1. Tracing Your Ancestors

    Research tools to help you find your Des Moines County Ancestors, includes newspaper indexes and collection descriptions..

  2. Genealogy Classes and Events

Genealogy Databases
Ancestry (Library Edition) 
Provides access to over 4,000 databases including US Census, military records, court, land, and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more. In-library use only. 
 
Heritage Quest (Library Edition) For use in the library
Includes full text local histories and genealogies, census images and indexing, PERSI (an index to genealogy periodicals), and Revolutionary War Pension Records. In-library use only. 

Heritage Quest (Library Edition) For use remotely with your library card
Includes full text local histories and genealogies, census images and indexing, PERSI (an index to genealogy periodicals), and Revolutionary War Pension Records. 

Genealogy Search Services
Local History & Genealogy Request Form
For a $5 fee per record the Burlington Public Library staff will search our local newspapers for articles, birth, marriage, and death notices. A record is defined as 1 article, 1 birth announcement, 1 marriage announcement, 1 death notice or 1 source. If you are unsure of how much your request would cost or what materials we have available to search, please contact the library staff. A complete date of birth, marriage or death (month, day, and year) is required for this search. We will search the date you provide plus a maximum of 5 additional days before and after the date provided.
  
Furniture Look-Up Request Form

For a $5 fee the Burlington Public Library staff will search the Chittenden and Eastman or Northwestern Cabinet Company catalogs for a furniture item for no more than 30 minutes.  To search Chittenden and Eastman pieces, we need an approximate date of manufacture.  For Northwestern Cabinet Company, we need a model number.  Model numbers are usually found on the back of the furniture.  Including a photo of the piece of furniture is required. If we find your item, we will mail you a copy of the catalog page.  If no such item is found, we will inform you as to what was searched. Please send your payment (checks or money orders can be made out to the Burlington Public Library) along with this completed form and photo to:

Mallorie Graham
Burlington Public Library
210 Court Street
Burlington, IA 52601
319.753.1647
mgraham@burlington.lib.ia.us