Hawk Eye Index, 1830's into 1897. Created by library volunteer Mary Titus, this index covers birth, marriage, & death notices found in local newspapers.
Hawk Eye Index, 1985-2013. Created by local volunteer Ed Fort and found in the library catalog.
Hawk Eye Online Archives, 1992 - present. Indexes staff-written articles and has some obituaries; full-text articles for a per article fee.
Indexes for 1900 and 1921 (2 volumes)
See also Obituary Indexes category in this document.
Iowa law did not require birth records be maintained by civil authorities until 1880. For records of these early births, try delayed births, church records, and death records.
Iowa law did not require death records be maintained by civil authorities until 1880. Prior to 1880, use the coroner’s inquests listed above, cemetery records, obituaries, and church records.
Order civil records of births, marriages, and deaths from the Des Moines County Recorder of Deeds Office, 513 North Main Street, Burlington, IA 52601-5221. Cost is $1. Call (319) 753-8262 for other questions. From 1921-1941, birth and death records where only maintained at the state level.
Other Court Records
Originals at the Des Moines County Courthouse. Inventory Guide to Court Records Des Moines County. Published 1979. Summary of court records and where to find them.