Tracing Your Ancestors

Census Indexes
  • Books located on the shelves to the left of the microfilm cabinets
  • Federal: All years on ALE and some on HQO. 1840 (Des Moines County), 1850, 1860, and 1870 in books. 1880 (online), 1900 (Soundex), and 1920 (Soundex)
  • Mortality: 1850 index and 1870 abstract
  • State: 1836, 1852, 1925 in books. All indexed on ALE
Photographs
  • Daily Life Along the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad
  • Online collection includes over 60 photographs from Burlington in the 1940s including local homes and workers at the shops
Territorial Papers
  • Iowa (102 rolls)
  • Wisconsin (121 rolls)
Directories
  • City Directories: 1856 (Business only), 1859, 1862, 1866, 1868-1995 (Microfiche), 1996-present (Ask at the Help Desk).
  • Phone Directories: 1934 – present. (384.6 BUR / Ask at the Help Desk).
  • Street numbering changed in 1938. Reverse Directories(by address) began in 1889 as part of city directory.
Churches
Search by subject using “Burlington (Iowa) – Churches” for church histories. The Burlington Family History Center (FHC) has the early records of many churches on film on indefinite loan (see FHC binder in the GLH).

Maps
For more maps, search by subject using “Burlington (Iowa) – Maps”.
  • Illustrated Historical Atlas of Des Moines County. 1873. (912.777 AND reproducible maps in a box in the GLH room)
  • Plat Books of Des Moines County (Ask at the Help Desk)
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. 1886, 1892, 1900, 1931(on microfiche in GLH). Bound copy on GLH table has additions to 1950
Tax Lists
  • Internal Revenue Assessment Lists for Iowa, 1862-1866 (INT 001 / GLH) (16 rolls)
Voter Registrations
  • Voter Registrations, 1868 (1 volume)
  • Register of Elections, Oct. 1877 (1 volume)
Newspapers
Ask at the Help Desk about clipping files. Papers are on microfilm in the GLH room.
  • [Burlington] Hawk Eye. September 30, 1843 - present. Indexes for 1900 and 1921 (2 volumes)
  • Hawk Eye Index, 1985-present
Created by a library volunteer, this index covers articles and photographs, but does not include birth, death, or marriage notices.
  • Hawk Eye Index, 1830's into 1897
Created by a local volunteer, this index covers birth, marriage, & death notices found in local newspapers.
  • Hawk Eye Online Archives, 1992 - present
Indexes staff-written articles and has some obituaries; full-text articles for a per article fee. See also Obituary Indexes category in this document.
  • [Burlington] Daily Gazette and Argus. April 1867 – February 1871
  • Burlington Daily Gazette. March 1871 – June 30, 1933
  • Burlington Saturday Evening Post. August 19, 1882 – Nov 17, 1933
  • Burlington Weekly Telegraph. Aug 10, 1850 – July 1857
  • Des Moines Bulletin. January 1870 – December 1870
  • Illinois Patriot. Oct 27, 1832 – Nov 30, 1833
  • Iowa Patriot Hawk-Eye. June 6, 1839 – December 31, 1846
  • Iowa State Gazette. June 1837 – April 1859
  • The [Burlington] Daily Globe. December 1857 – July 1858
Schools
  • The Blackhawk. Burlington Junior College yearbook, 1922 - 1962 (378.777 BLA / STO Ask at Help Desk) Geode.
  • Burlington High School Graduates (1 volume). 1868 – 1900
  • Notre Dame High School yearbook, 1966, 1968, 1974, 1976 - 1978, 1981, 1995, 2006 - 2007, 2007 - 2008, 2008 - 2009, 2009 - 2010 (373.77 END / STO Ask at Help Desk)
  • Pathfinder. Burlington High School yearbook, 1911 - present (not published 1933) (373.777 PAT / STO Ask at Help Desk)
  • Purple and Gray. Burlington High School newspaper. Incomplete run; ask at the Help Desk.
  • Southeastern Community College yearbook, 1968 - 1971 (378.777 GEO / STO Ask at Help Desk) eNDview.
Surnames
Surname card information is submitted from various sources. Utilize 3 rolls of microfilm. Search the Catalog using “family histories” as the subject for a list of all family histories in the library. For a specific family, search by “[surname] family” as the subject. (For example, “Miller family”).

Hidden Names: Surnames in Burlington Public Library Collection of Family Histories (929.4 HID). This book lists surnames in the published family histories. These surnames include ones in the title and ones that are not. Be sure to try this source.