There's a better way to personalize your website experience. With myConnection, the profile you create allows you to set up a unique starting point for the tasks and transactions that you want to complete in your time on this website. Use myConnection to gather the information that you most care about from across this website into one central location, giving you greater control over how you connect with your community.
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
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
Iowa (102 rolls)
Wisconsin (121 rolls)
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.
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).
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
For more maps, search by subject using “Burlington (Iowa) – Maps”.
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.
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.