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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Iowa]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Des Moines County'''
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Guide to '''Des Moines County, Iowa ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br> [[File:Cascade Bridge.jpg|250px|thumb|<center>Cascade Bridge, which carries Main Street over the Cascade Ravine in Burlington, Iowa, United States</center>]] {{Click|Image:IA_ORP.png|Iowa Online Genealogy Records}}{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
 
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| county = Des Moines County  
 
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| founded date = October 1
 
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| building address = 513 N. Main St.<br>PO Box 277<br>Burlington, Iowa 52601<br>Phone: (319) 753-8221<br>[http://www.co.des-moines.ia.us/Recorder/RcrdrDefault.asp '''Des Moines County Website'''] }}
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| building address = 513 N. Main St.<br>PO Box 277<br>Burlington, Iowa 52601<br>Phone: (319) 753-8221<br>[http://www.co.des-moines.ia.us/Recorder/RcrdrDefault.asp '''Des Moines County Website'''] }}
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Des Moines County, Iowa Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 225-231. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Des Moines County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Des Moines County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Des Moines County, Iowa Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Des Moines County, Iowa Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Des Moines County, Iowa Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
[http://www.co.des-moines.ia.us/Recorder/RcrdrDefault.asp Des Moines County Courthouse]<br>513 N. Main St.<br>PO Box 277<br>Burlington, Iowa 52601<br>(319) 753-8221<br>  
 
[http://www.co.des-moines.ia.us/Recorder/RcrdrDefault.asp Des Moines County Courthouse]<br>513 N. Main St.<br>PO Box 277<br>Burlington, Iowa 52601<br>(319) 753-8221<br>  
  
== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
 
=== Parent County  ===
 
=== Parent County  ===
  
'''1834--'''Des Moines County was created 1 October 1834, when [http://iagenweb.org/desmoines/ Des Moines County]&nbsp;Congress passed an act attaching the Black Hawk Purchase to the Territory of Michigan in June of 1834 prior to that it was part of Wisconsin. The following September the Legislature of Michigan divided this land purchase into two counties, Dubuque and Des Moines. The dividing boundary was a line running west from the lower end of Rock Island. At this time County courts were established with Des Moines County Court placed in the city of Burlington. Des Moines was named after the Des Moines River.&nbsp; '''County seat:'''&nbsp; Burlington <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1834--'''Des Moines County was created 1 October 1834, when [http://iagenweb.org/desmoines/ Des Moines County] Congress passed an act attaching the Black Hawk Purchase to the Territory of Michigan in June of 1834 prior to that it was part of Wisconsin. The following September the Legislature of Michigan divided this land purchase into two counties, Dubuque and Des Moines. The dividing boundary was a line running west from the lower end of Rock Island. At this time County courts were established with Des Moines County Court placed in the city of Burlington. Des Moines was named after the Des Moines River. '''County seat:''' [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Burlington,_Iowa Burlington] <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
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For animated maps illustrating Iowa County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ "Rotating Formation Iowa County Boundary Maps"] (1816-1872) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''1873''' -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.  
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'''1873''' Courthouse burned and some records were destroyed.  
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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Des Moines, Danville|place|disp=Danville}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Des Moines, Flint River Township|place|disp=Flint River Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Des Moines, Huron|place|disp=Huron}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Des Moines, Kossuth|place|disp=Kossuth}}
  
*[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research in FamilySearch Wiki]]
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*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Michael John Neill, ''Burned Counties'' in Family History Circle]
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Des Moines, Latty|place|disp=Latty}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Des Moines, Mediapolis|place|disp=Mediapolis}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Des Moines, Pleasant Grove|place|disp=Pleasant Grove}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Des Moines, Spring Grove|place|disp=Spring Grove}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Des Moines, West Burlington|place|disp=West Burlington}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Des Moines, Yellow Springs Township|place|disp=Yellow Springs Township}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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'''Cities: '''[[Burlington, Iowa|Burlington]] | [[Danville, Iowa|Danville]] | [[Dodgeville, Iowa|Dodgeville]] | [[Mediapolis, Iowa|Mediapolis]] | [[Middletown, Iowa|Middletown]] | [[West Burlington, Iowa|West Burlington]]  
 
'''Cities: '''[[Burlington, Iowa|Burlington]] | [[Danville, Iowa|Danville]] | [[Dodgeville, Iowa|Dodgeville]] | [[Mediapolis, Iowa|Mediapolis]] | [[Middletown, Iowa|Middletown]] | [[West Burlington, Iowa|West Burlington]]  
  
'''Historical Postoffices: '''[[Linton, Iowa|Linton]]  
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'''Historical Postoffices: '''[[Linton, Iowa|Linton]] '''Unincorporated Towns: '''[[Augusta, Iowa|Augusta]] | [[Latty, Iowa|Latty]] | [[Sperry, Iowa|Sperry]]  
 
 
'''Unincorporated Towns: '''[[Augusta, Iowa|Augusta]] | [[Latty, Iowa|Latty]] | [[Sperry, Iowa|Sperry]]  
 
  
 
*'''Townships and Villages:'''
 
*'''Townships and Villages:'''
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:*[[Tama Township, Iowa|Tama Township]]  
 
:*[[Tama Township, Iowa|Tama Township]]  
 
:*[[Union Township, Iowa|Union Township]]  
 
:*[[Union Township, Iowa|Union Township]]  
:*[[Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa|Washington Township]]  
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:*[[Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Genealogy|Washington Township]]  
 
:*[[Yarmouth Township, Iowa|Yarmouth Township]]  
 
:*[[Yarmouth Township, Iowa|Yarmouth Township]]  
 
:*[[Yellow Springs Township|Yellow Springs Township]]
 
:*[[Yellow Springs Township|Yellow Springs Township]]
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Henry County, Iowa|Henry County]]&nbsp;(west)| [[Lee County, Iowa|Lee County]]&nbsp;&nbsp;(south) | [[Louisa County, Iowa|Louisa County]]&nbsp;(north) | [[Henderson County, Illinois|Henderson County, Illinois]]&nbsp;(east) | [[Mercer County, Illinois|Mercer County, Illinois]]&nbsp;(northeast)  
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[[Henry County, Iowa Genealogy|Henry]]{{•}} [[Lee County, Iowa Genealogy|Lee]]{{•}} [[Louisa County, Iowa Genealogy|Louisa]]{{•}} [[Henderson County, Illinois Genealogy|Henderson County, Illinois]]{{•}} [[Mercer County, Illinois Genealogy|Mercer County, Illinois]]  
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<center>{{IADes Moines County, Iowa Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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=== Resources  ===
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==== Biographies  ====
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iabiog/desmoines/dm1879/dm1879.htm Des Moines County, Iowa Biographies Project]
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7725 Des Moines County, Iowa Biographical Dictionary] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
== Resources  ==
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25758 Biographical review of Des Moines County, Iowa&nbsp;: containing biographical and genealogical sketches of many of the prominent cit] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
=== Cemeteries  ===
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==== Cemeteries  ====
  
There are many cemeteries in townships, cities, and farms located throughout [[Des Moines County Cemeteries|Des Moines County]]&nbsp;that have been transcribed. Additional information on their locations is at [http://web-iowa.com/CemeteryMaps/DESMOINES.HTM Des Moines County Cemeteries Map.]&nbsp;More information can be found on microfilm at the {{FHL|530636|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}&nbsp;based in Salt Lake City, Utah and can be requested and viewed at[:Category:Family_History_Centers|Family History Centers]] throughout the world.  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=14&CScnty=575 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iagenweb.org/desmoines/Cemeteries/%7ECemeteries.htm IAGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Des+Moines+Iowa&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Iowa&county=Des%20Moines&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ia/dmoines/cemetery.html IAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/iowa/desmoines.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iowagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?cid=29 Iowa Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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There are many cemeteries in townships, cities, and farms located throughout [[Des Moines County Cemeteries|Des Moines County]]&nbsp;that have been transcribed. Additional information on their locations is at [http://web-iowa.com/CemeteryMaps/DESMOINES.HTM Des Moines County Cemeteries Map.]&nbsp;More information can be found on microfilm at the {{FHL|530636|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}&nbsp;based in Salt Lake City, Utah and can be requested and viewed at [[:Category:Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] throughout the world.  
  
 
Transcriptions for some of these cemeteries can be found at:  
 
Transcriptions for some of these cemeteries can be found at:  
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*[[Des Moines County Cemeteries|Des Moines County Cemeteries]]
 
*[[Des Moines County Cemeteries|Des Moines County Cemeteries]]
  
=== Census  ===
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==== Census  ====
  
 
Iowa recorded not only the federal census but state census through out the years too. The state census contains very valuable genealogical information. Where the census information can be found, what years it was taken, mortality schedules, census substitutions and much more is discussed in the very informative [[Iowa Census]] article.  
 
Iowa recorded not only the federal census but state census through out the years too. The state census contains very valuable genealogical information. Where the census information can be found, what years it was taken, mortality schedules, census substitutions and much more is discussed in the very informative [[Iowa Census]] article.  
  
 
*[http://www.censusfinder.com/iowa-census-records5.htm Census Finder]  
 
*[http://www.censusfinder.com/iowa-census-records5.htm Census Finder]  
*[http://iagenweb.org/desmoines/Census/index.htm Census index for Des Moines County], transcribed for the years of 1836, 1836 Territorial Census, 1838, 1840, 1850, 1852, 1860.<span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0,43,184); text-decoration: underline"> </span><br>
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*[http://iagenweb.org/desmoines/Census/index.htm Census index for Des Moines County], transcribed for the years of 1836, 1836 Territorial Census, 1838, 1840, 1850, 1852, 1860. <br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=23732 The first census of the original counties of Dubuque and Demoine (Iowa) taken in July, 1836] at Ancestry.com ($)
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'''''State Census'''''
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*'''1895''' - {{RecordSearch|1803957|Iowa State Census, 1895}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1905''' - {{RecordSearch|2126961|Iowa State Census, 1905}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1915''' - {{RecordSearch|2240483|Iowa State Census, 1915}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1925''' - {{RecordSearch|2224537|Iowa State Census. 1925}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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==== Church  ====
  
=== Church ===
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{{IA Church Intro}}
  
*''Church records, 1855-1917''. <ref>St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church (Burlington, Iowa) (Main ,Author), German Methodist Church (Burlington, Iowa) ''Church records, 1855-1917'' [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=465851FHL US/CAN Film 956373] </ref>Text in German.This church was also known as the German Methodist Church.Contains records for the churches of Flint Creek, Temmytown/Tamytown, Bluffs, Pleasant Grove, Union, Bethel, Sperry, Kline.Includes marriages; baptisms; membership lists; burials, 1856, 1865-1916; meeting minutes; finances; conference reports.
 
 
*''Record book, 1866-1903'' <ref>McClintock, John C. ''Record book, 1866-1903''. {{FHL|33228|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 956371 Item 4}} </ref>Contains baptisms, burials, marriages, membership lists, and sermons.Dr. McClintock was pastor to churches at Mt. Pleasant, 1866-1870; Burlington, 1871-1896; and Sioux City, 1896-1903.
 
*''Record book, 1866-1903'' <ref>McClintock, John C. ''Record book, 1866-1903''. {{FHL|33228|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 956371 Item 4}} </ref>Contains baptisms, burials, marriages, membership lists, and sermons.Dr. McClintock was pastor to churches at Mt. Pleasant, 1866-1870; Burlington, 1871-1896; and Sioux City, 1896-1903.
  
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*Records of the American Lutheran Church, Des Moines County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
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===== Methodist  =====
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*''Church records, 1855-1917''. <ref>St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church (Burlington, Iowa) (Main ,Author), German Methodist Church (Burlington, Iowa) ''Church records, 1855-1917'' [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=465851FHL US/CAN Film 956373] </ref>Text in German.This church was also known as the German Methodist Church.Contains records for the churches of Flint Creek, Temmytown/Tamytown, Bluffs, Pleasant Grove, Union, Bethel, Sperry, Kline.Includes marriages; baptisms; membership lists; burials, 1856, 1865-1916; meeting minutes; finances; conference reports.
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The [http://www.co.des-moines.ia.us/Recorder/RcrdrDefault.asp Des Moines Courthouse] is located in the town of Burlington.
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==== Directories  ====
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4547 Des Moines, Iowa Directory, 1889-91] at Ancestry.com ($)
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==== Genealogy  ====
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25758 Biographical review of Des Moines County, Iowa&nbsp;: containing biographical and genealogical sketches of many of the prominent cit] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
The&nbsp;[http://www.co.des-moines.ia.us/Recorder/RcrdrDefault.asp Des Moines Courthouse] is located in the town of Burlington.
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==== Land  ====
  
=== Land ===
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{{IA Land Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.iowahistory.org/archives/research_collections/state_gov_records/land_office_records/land_office_records.html Iowa Archives Land Office Records]
 
*[http://www.iowahistory.org/archives/research_collections/state_gov_records/land_office_records/land_office_records.html Iowa Archives Land Office Records]
  
=== Local Histories  ===
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{{IA History}}
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iabiog/desmoines/dm1879/dm1879.htm History of Des Moines County, Iowa ]<ref>Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879. </ref>index, 105 bios online.  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iabiog/desmoines/dm1879/dm1879.htm History of Des Moines County, Iowa ]<ref>Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879. </ref>index, 105 bios online.  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iabiog/desmoines/pba1888/pba1888.htm Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa ]<ref>Chicago: Acme Publishing, 1888. </ref>index, 519 bios online.  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iabiog/desmoines/pba1888/pba1888.htm Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa ]<ref>Chicago: Acme Publishing, 1888. </ref>index, 519 bios online. and at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7725 Ancestry.com] ($)
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iabiog/desmoines/br1905/br1905.htm Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa] <ref>Hobart Pub. Co., 1905. </ref>index, 8 bios online.  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iabiog/desmoines/br1905/br1905.htm Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa] <ref>Hobart Pub. Co., 1905. </ref>index, 8 bios online.  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iabiog/desmoines/hd1915/hd1915.htm History of Des Moines County, Iowa] <ref>ed. by Augustine M. Antrobus. 2 vols. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1915. </ref>index, 8 bios online.
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iabiog/desmoines/hd1915/hd1915.htm History of Des Moines County, Iowa] <ref>ed. by Augustine M. Antrobus. 2 vols. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1915. </ref>index, 8 bios online. and at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25758 Ancestry.com] ($)
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*''The History of Des Moines County, Iowa&nbsp;: containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, &amp;c., a biographical directory of citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, general and local statistics, ...''. Chicago: Western Historical, 1879.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE1020064 FamilySearch] (Free)
  
=== Maps  ===
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Merrill, J. W. ''Yellow Spring and Huron''. Mediapolis, Iowa&nbsp;: Merrill, 1897.
  
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE994137 FamilySearch] (Free)
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==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; Maps of Iowa]
 
*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/Des+Moines+County++Iowa+/ David Rumsey Map Collection] is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures.&nbsp;  
 
*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/Des+Moines+County++Iowa+/ David Rumsey Map Collection] is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures.&nbsp;  
 
*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/39789/Des+Moines+County/Iowa+State+Atlas+1904/Iowa/ 1904 Des Moines County Iowa Atlas]
 
*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/39789/Des+Moines+County/Iowa+State+Atlas+1904/Iowa/ 1904 Des Moines County Iowa Atlas]
  
=== Military  ===
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==== Military  ====
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*'''1861 - 1949''' - {{RecordSearch|2351982|Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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:- [[1st Regiment, Iowa Infantry (3 months, 1861)|1st Regiment, Iowa Infantry (3 months, 1861)]], Companies D and E
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:- [[2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry|2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry]], Company K
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:- [[6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company I
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:- [[14th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|14th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company K
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:- [[17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company D
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:- [[25th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|25th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Companies D, E and G
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:- [[30th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|30th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company C
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:- [[45th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)|45th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Companies F and G
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:- [[48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)|48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company D
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:- [[Engineer Regiment of the West, Missouri Volunteers (Union)|Engineer Regiment of the West, Missouri Volunteers (Union)]], Company K<br>:- [[14th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|14th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company K<br>:- [[17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company D<br>:- [[1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry|1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry]], Company C<br>:- [[1st Regiment, Iowa Infantry (3 months, 1861)|1st Regiment, Iowa Infantry (3 months, 1861)]], Company D<br>:- [[1st Regiment, Iowa Infantry (3 months, 1861)|1st Regiment, Iowa Infantry (3 months, 1861)]], Company E<br>:- [[25th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|25th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company D<br>:- [[25th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|25th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company E<br>:- [[25th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|25th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company G<br>:- [[2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry|2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry]], <br>:- [[30th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|30th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company C<br>:- [[45th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)|45th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company F<br>:- [[45th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)|45th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company G<br>:- [[48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)|48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company D<br>:- [[6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company I
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==== Newspapers  ====
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{{IA Newspaper abstracts|Des Moines}}
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*[http://www.thehawkeye.com/ The Hawkeye] *[http://www.mediapolisnews.com/ The Mediapolis News] *NewspaperArchive.com ($) has historical newspapers online including [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=39&ci=3889 Burlington newspapers] dating back to the mid 1800's that covered local news on Des Moines County residents. This database is free at some libraries. For more information about the history of newspapers in Des Moines County see the [http://www.burlington.lib.ia.us/genealogy/DesMoinesCounty.htm Burlington Library Genealogy Site.]
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*'''''The Burlington Weekly Hawkeye.''''' 1857, 1862-1865, 1875, 1876,1880, 1882 Burlington, IA, USA. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6738 Ancestry.com] ($)
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*'''''Burlington Hawk Eye'''''. 1849-1851, 1874, 1876-1880 Burlington, IA, USA.Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6570 Ancestry.com] ($)
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*'''''Weekly Hawk Eye And Telegraph.''''' 1855-1861, 1883 Burlington, IA, USA. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6517 Ancestry.com] ($)
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*'''''The Weekly Hawk Eye.''''' 1858-1861, 1883 Burlington, IA, USA. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8470 Ancestry.com] ($)
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*'''''Hawk Eye.''''' 1843-1845, 1976 Burlington, IA, USA. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6571 Ancestry.com] ($)
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*'''''Burlington Tri Weekly Hawk Eye.''''' 1854, 1855 Burlington, IA, USA. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6516 Ancestry.com] ($)
  
=== Newspapers ===
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==== Probate ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
  
*[http://www.thehawkeye.com/ The Hawkeye]
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*'''1758 - 1997''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9064 Iowa Wills and Probate Records 1758-1997] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
*[http://www.mediapolisnews.com/ The Mediapolis News]  
 
*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has historical newspapers online including [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=39&ci=3889 Burlington newspapers] dating back to the mid 1800's that covered local news on Des Moines County residents. This database is free at some libraries.
 
  
For more information about the history of newspapers in Des Moines County see the [http://www.burlington.lib.ia.us/genealogy/DesMoinesCounty.htm Burlington Library Genealogy Site.]
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{{IA Probate Intro|Des Moines}}
  
=== Probate ===
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==== Taxation ====
  
=== Taxation  ===
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{{IA Tax Intro}}
  
=== Vital Records  ===
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==== Vital Records  ====
  
==== Births  ====
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{{IA Vital Intro}}
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=====Birth Records =====
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*'''1850-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|2527591|Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
Iowa law did not require birth records be maintained by civil authorities until 1880. For records of these early births, try [[D genealogical glossary terms#Delayed_registration_of_birth|delayed births]], [[Iowa Church Records|church records]], and [[Iowa Vital Records|death records]].  
 
Iowa law did not require birth records be maintained by civil authorities until 1880. For records of these early births, try [[D genealogical glossary terms#Delayed_registration_of_birth|delayed births]], [[Iowa Church Records|church records]], and [[Iowa Vital Records|death records]].  
  
Birth records kept by the District Court, 1880-1904; 1906-1934, have been microfilmed and are available at the [http://www.iowahistory.org/archives/research_collections/local_government_records/vital_records.html State Historical Society] in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa and 1880-1931 at the {{FHL|503632|title-id|disp=Family History Library in Salt Lake City}}.<br>
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Birth records kept by the District Court, 1880-1904; 1906-1934, have been microfilmed and are available at the [http://www.iowahistory.org/archives/research_collections/local_government_records/vital_records.html State Historical Society] in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa and 1880-1931 at the {{FHL|503632|title-id|disp=Family History Library in Salt Lake City}}.  
  
==== Marriage Records  ====
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===== Marriage Records  =====
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*'''1838-1934''' - {{RecordSearch|1805551|Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
Some early [http://genealogytrails.com/iowa/desmoines/DesMoinesmarriages.html Marriages Of Des Moines County] 1837 to 1850 have been transcribed and published.<br>  
 
Some early [http://genealogytrails.com/iowa/desmoines/DesMoinesmarriages.html Marriages Of Des Moines County] 1837 to 1850 have been transcribed and published.<br>  
  
Des Moines County Marriage Records, from 1880-1904; 1906-1935&nbsp;have been microfilmed and can be found at the&nbsp;[http://www.iowahistory.org/archives/research_collections/local_government_records/vital_records.html State Historical Society] in Des Moines, Polk County Iowa.&nbsp;Index to marriage records, 1921-1977; marriage records, 1835-1930&nbsp;at the {{FHL|87698|title-id|disp=Family History Library in Salt Lake City}}.  
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Des Moines County Marriage Records, from 1880-1904; 1906-1935&nbsp;have been microfilmed and can be found at the&nbsp;[http://www.iowahistory.org/archives/research_collections/local_government_records/vital_records.html State Historical Society] in Des Moines, Polk County Iowa.&nbsp;Index to marriage records, 1921-1977; marriage records, 1835-1930&nbsp;at the {{FHL|87698|title-id|disp=Family History Library in Salt Lake City}}.
  
==== Death Records  ====
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===== Death Records  =====
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*'''1835-1930''' - Death records are held by the District Court, 1835-1930, have been microfilmed and are available at the [http://www.iowahistory.org/archives/research_collections/local_government_records/vital_records.html State Historical Society] in Des Moines, Polk County Iowa and 1880-1921&nbsp;at the {{FHL|87694|title-id|disp=Family History Library in Salt Lake City}}.<br>
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*'''1850-1990''' - {{RecordSearch|1674841|Iowa, Deaths and Burials 1850-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] - index
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*'''1880-1992''' - {{RecordSearch|2110820|Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1921-1940''' - {{RecordSearch|2531337|Iowa, Death Records, 1921-1940}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
Deaths records are held by the District Court, 1835-1930, have been microfilmed and are available at the [http://www.iowahistory.org/archives/research_collections/local_government_records/vital_records.html State Historical Society] in Des Moines, Polk County Iowa and 1880-1921&nbsp;at the {{FHL|87694|title-id|disp=Family History Library in Salt Lake City}}.<br>
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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'''Des Moines County Genealogical Society'''<br>P O Box 493<br>Burlington IA 52601<br>Telephone:319-572-9290 8am to 4pm CST<br>E-mail: [mailto:dmcgs@dmcgs.org dmcgs@dmcgs.org]<br>[http://www.dmcgs.org/ Website]
  
*[http://www.iowahistory.org/about/location/location_hours.html#Des%20Moines State Historical Society of Iowa]<br>Address: 600 East Locust Des Moines IA 50319
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'''Des Moines County Historical Society'''<br>501 N Fourth Street<br>Burlington IA 52601<br> Telephone:319-752-0419<br>E-mail: [mailto:tellmemore@dmchs.org tellmemore@dmchs.org]<br>[http://www.dmchs.org/ Website]  
*'''Des Moines County Genealogical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 493<br>Burlington, IA 52601<br>Internet: [http://www.burlington.lib.ia.us/DMCGS/index.htm Des Moines County Genealogical Society]  
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*'''Burlington Public Library '''<br>210 Court Street <br>Burlington, IA 52601-1647<br>Phone: (319)753-1647<br>Fax: (319)753-5316<br>Internet: [http://www.burlington.lib.ia.us/genealogy/geneal.htm Burlington Iowa Public Library Genealogy Sources]
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'''Burlington Public Library '''<br>210 Court Street <br>Burlington, IA 52601-1647<br>Phone: 319-753-1647<br>[http://www.burlington.lib.ia.us/130/Genealogy Website]  
  
 
For more information about Societies in Iowa see the [[Iowa Societies|Iowa Societies]] page.  
 
For more information about Societies in Iowa see the [[Iowa Societies|Iowa Societies]] page.  
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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*{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
*[[Burlington Iowa Family History Center]]
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*[[Burlington Iowa Family History Center]] <br>2727 Cliff Rd., <br>Burlington, IA 52601-2406 United States <br>[https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=2727+Cliff+Rd+Burlington%2C+IA+52601-2406+United+States+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x87e1317bc2e19ffb%3A0xb439c835e1adf114!3m8!1m3!1d3441!2d-92.2880982!3d41.9007341!3m2!1i1350!2i890!4f13.1!4m2!3d40.837681!4d-91.129165 Location Map]
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
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| width="30%" | [http://www.iowahistory.org/search.html?q=Des+Moines+county&btnG=Search+%C2%BB State Historical Society of Iowa]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | list and links to data and "hard copy" material - results of "Des Moines county" placed in search box
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| width="30%" | [http://www.iowaheritage.org/items/browse?search=des+moines+county&submit_search=Search+All The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions - results of "des moines county" in the search box
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| width="30%" | [http://publications.iowa.gov/cgi/search/simple?q=des+moines+county&_action_search=Search&_order=-byyear%2Fbytitle&basic_srchtype=ALL&_satisfyall=ALL State Library of Iowa]
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| width="20%" | Free
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| width="60%" | electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies - results of "des moines county" in the search box
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| width="30%" | [http://www.iagenweb.org/desmoines/ IAGenWeb Project]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ia/dmoines/dmoines.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://genealogytrails.com/iowa/desmoines/ genealogytrails.com -Des Moines County page]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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|-
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| width="30%" | [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1821206] [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2110820][https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1805551] FamilySearch
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes
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|}
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#94FFFF" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites that search for links pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/IA/DesMoines/ RootsWeb Resources]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IA/Des_Moines/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ia/counties/des-moines/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://ldsgenealogy.com/IA/Des-Moines-County.htm Des Moines County (LDS Genealogy)]  
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/iowa/des-moines-county/ StateofUS.com]  
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | family history resources and government records
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== Web Sites  ==
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Iowa, Des Moines|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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| width="70%" | Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=des+moines+county+iowa&dblist=638&fq=s0%3A28000000&qt=facet_s0%3A WorldCat]
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| width="70%" | To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
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| width="30%" | [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=des+moines+county%2C+iowa&image.x=0&image.y=0 Allen County Public Library]
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| located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
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| width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>'''See also''' [[{{PAGENAME}}#Societies_and_Libraries|local libraries]] and [[Iowa Archives and Libraries]]</center>
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iabiog/desmoines/dm1879/dm1879.htm Des Moines County, Iowa Biographies Project]  
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*{{FHL|Iowa%2C+Des+Moines|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/iowa/desmoines/ Genealogy Trails Genealogy Group]  
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*[http://www.burlington.lib.ia.us/genealogy/DesMoinesCounty.htm Genealogy Helps at the Burlington Library]
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IA/Des_Moines/ Des Moines County, Iowa Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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| width="30%" | [http://geneabloggers.com/genealogy-blogs/ GeneaBloggers]  
*[http://iowa-genealogy.com/Des-Moines-County-Genealogy.htm Des Moines County Genealogy] (Iowa Genealogy)
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| width="70%" | enter "Iowa" in search box to see list and links to Iowa blogs
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| width="30%" | [https://plus.google.com/s/iowa%20genealogy Google+]  
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| width="70%" | list of groups from "iowa genealogy" search
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| width="30" | [https://www.facebook.com/search/more/?q=iowa%20genealogy&sid=0.10269487418482515 Facebook]
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| width="70%" | list of groups from "Iowa Genealogy" search
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| width="30%" | [http://genforum.genealogy.com/ia/desmoines/ genealogy.com]
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| width="70%" | Des Moines County, IA Genealogy Forum
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| width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.iowa.counties.desmoines/mb.ashx ancestry.com]
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| width="70%" | Des Moines County Message Board
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[[Category:Des_Moines_County,_Iowa]]

Latest revision as of 19:59, 23 August 2017

United States
Iowa
Des Moines County
Guide to Des Moines County, Iowa ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
Cascade Bridge, which carries Main Street over the Cascade Ravine in Burlington, Iowa, United States

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Des Moines County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Des Moines County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Facts
Founded October 1, 1834
County Seat Burlington
Courthouse
IowaDesMoinesCourthouse.jpg
Address 513 N. Main St.
PO Box 277
Burlington, Iowa 52601
Phone: (319) 753-8221
Des Moines County Website


County Information

Des Moines County, Iowa Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1880 1835 1880 1840 1837 1835

County Courthouse

Des Moines County Courthouse
513 N. Main St.
PO Box 277
Burlington, Iowa 52601
(319) 753-8221

History

Parent County

1834--Des Moines County was created 1 October 1834, when Des Moines County Congress passed an act attaching the Black Hawk Purchase to the Territory of Michigan in June of 1834 prior to that it was part of Wisconsin. The following September the Legislature of Michigan divided this land purchase into two counties, Dubuque and Des Moines. The dividing boundary was a line running west from the lower end of Rock Island. At this time County courts were established with Des Moines County Court placed in the city of Burlington. Des Moines was named after the Des Moines River. County seat: Burlington [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Iowa County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Iowa County Boundary Maps" (1816-1872) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

1873 Courthouse burned and some records were destroyed.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Cities: Burlington | Danville | Dodgeville | Mediapolis | Middletown | West Burlington

Historical Postoffices: Linton Unincorporated Towns: Augusta | Latty | Sperry

  • Townships and Villages:

Ghost Towns of Des Moines County

Ghost towns are settlements, towns, and villages whose thriving little communities dried up for various reasons. Some are now part of other townships, some have just faded away. Here are their names, the years they were functioning, and the Townships they were a part of.

  • Albright's 1849-65 of Benton Twp
  • Amityville 1871-79 of Huron Twp
  • Bluff Dale 1817-53 of Kingston
  • Burkhart's Point 1836 of Franklin Twp
  • Centerville 1857 of Danville Twp
  • Cora 1847
  • Danville Center of Danville Twp
  • Denny
  • Evermanns Switch
  • Fan 1890-1910 of Flint River Twp
  • Flint Hills the original name for Burlington
  • Fox Landing 1893
  • Franklin Mills 1859-97 Franklin Twp
  • Garland
  • Growell
  • Hartford 1841-51 of Danville Twp
  • Hawkeye 1845-63 of Huron Twp

Neighboring Counties

Henry • Lee • Louisa • Henderson County, Illinois • Mercer County, Illinois

Des Moines CountyLee CountyHenry CountyLouisa CountyWashington CountyJefferson CountyVan Buren CountyJohnson CountyMuscatine CountyScott CountyRock Island CountyMercer CountyHenderson CountyHancock CountyWarren CountyMcDonough CountySchuyler CountyClark CountyLewis CountyIADes Moines (1).JPG

Resources

Biographies

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
IAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
IAGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Iowa Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Iowa Cemeteries for more information.

There are many cemeteries in townships, cities, and farms located throughout Des Moines County that have been transcribed. Additional information on their locations is at Des Moines County Cemeteries Map. More information can be found on microfilm at the Family History Library based in Salt Lake City, Utah and can be requested and viewed at Family History Centers throughout the world.

Transcriptions for some of these cemeteries can be found at:

Census

Iowa recorded not only the federal census but state census through out the years too. The state census contains very valuable genealogical information. Where the census information can be found, what years it was taken, mortality schedules, census substitutions and much more is discussed in the very informative Iowa Census article.

State Census

Church

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Iowa Church Records.


  • Record book, 1866-1903 [3]Contains baptisms, burials, marriages, membership lists, and sermons.Dr. McClintock was pastor to churches at Mt. Pleasant, 1866-1870; Burlington, 1871-1896; and Sioux City, 1896-1903.
Lutheran
  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Des Moines County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
Methodist
  • Church records, 1855-1917. [4]Text in German.This church was also known as the German Methodist Church.Contains records for the churches of Flint Creek, Temmytown/Tamytown, Bluffs, Pleasant Grove, Union, Bethel, Sperry, Kline.Includes marriages; baptisms; membership lists; burials, 1856, 1865-1916; meeting minutes; finances; conference reports.

Court

The Des Moines Courthouse is located in the town of Burlington.

Directories

Genealogy

Land

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Iowa Land and Property for additional information about early Iowa land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Des Moines County, Iowa Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Iowa Local Histories.


Merrill, J. W. Yellow Spring and Huron. Mediapolis, Iowa : Merrill, 1897.

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Des Moines County, Iowa Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Des Moines County, Iowa Genealogy:

- 1st Regiment, Iowa Infantry (3 months, 1861), Companies D and E
- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company K
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
- 14th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 25th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies D, E and G
- 30th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company C
- 45th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Companies F and G
- 48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company D
- Engineer Regiment of the West, Missouri Volunteers (Union), Company K
:- 14th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
:- 17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
:- 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company C
:- 1st Regiment, Iowa Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company D
:- 1st Regiment, Iowa Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company E
:- 25th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
:- 25th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
:- 25th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company G
:- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry,
:- 30th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company C
:- 45th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company F
:- 45th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company G
:- 48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company D
:- 6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Des Moines County, Iowa Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


  • The Burlington Weekly Hawkeye. 1857, 1862-1865, 1875, 1876,1880, 1882 Burlington, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)
  • Burlington Hawk Eye. 1849-1851, 1874, 1876-1880 Burlington, IA, USA.Online at: Ancestry.com ($)
  • Weekly Hawk Eye And Telegraph. 1855-1861, 1883 Burlington, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)
  • The Weekly Hawk Eye. 1858-1861, 1883 Burlington, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)
  • Hawk Eye. 1843-1845, 1976 Burlington, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)
  • Burlington Tri Weekly Hawk Eye. 1854, 1855 Burlington, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

Probate

Online Probate Records

In most counties in Iowa, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Iowa - Des Moines - Probate records.


Taxation

Iowa tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Tax lists were usually made every year, however, there may be gaps of several years. For more information, see the wiki page Iowa Taxation.


Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Iowa Department of Public Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also How to order Iowa Vital Records or order electronically online.

Birth Records

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.

Birth records kept by the District Court, 1880-1904; 1906-1934, have been microfilmed and are available at the State Historical Society in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa and 1880-1931 at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Marriage Records

Some early Marriages Of Des Moines County 1837 to 1850 have been transcribed and published.

Des Moines County Marriage Records, from 1880-1904; 1906-1935 have been microfilmed and can be found at the State Historical Society in Des Moines, Polk County Iowa. Index to marriage records, 1921-1977; marriage records, 1835-1930 at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Death Records

Societies and Libraries

Des Moines County Genealogical Society
P O Box 493
Burlington IA 52601
Telephone:319-572-9290 8am to 4pm CST
E-mail: dmcgs@dmcgs.org
Website

Des Moines County Historical Society
501 N Fourth Street
Burlington IA 52601
Telephone:319-752-0419
E-mail: tellmemore@dmchs.org
Website

Burlington Public Library
210 Court Street
Burlington, IA 52601-1647
Phone: 319-753-1647
Website

For more information about Societies in Iowa see the Iowa Societies page.

Family History Centers

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to Des Moines County, Iowa Genealogy
State Historical Society of Iowa Free list and links to data and "hard copy" material - results of "Des Moines county" placed in search box
The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection Free digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions - results of "des moines county" in the search box
State Library of Iowa Free electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies - results of "des moines county" in the search box
IAGenWeb Project Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
genealogytrails.com -Des Moines County page Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
[1] [2][3] FamilySearch Free Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes
Sites that search for links pertaining to Des Moines County, Iowa Genealogy
RootsWeb Resources Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Des Moines County (LDS Genealogy) Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS.com Free family history resources and government records
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Des Moines County, Iowa Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch Catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
See also local libraries and Iowa Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Des Moines County, Iowa Genealogy
GeneaBloggers enter "Iowa" in search box to see list and links to Iowa blogs
Google+ list of groups from "iowa genealogy" search
Facebook list of groups from "Iowa Genealogy" search
genealogy.com Des Moines County, IA Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Des Moines County Message Board

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 225-231. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. McClintock, John C. Record book, 1866-1903. FHL US/CAN Film 956371 Item 4
  4. St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church (Burlington, Iowa) (Main ,Author), German Methodist Church (Burlington, Iowa) Church records, 1855-1917 US/CAN Film 956373
  5. Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.
  6. Chicago: Acme Publishing, 1888.
  7. Hobart Pub. Co., 1905.
  8. ed. by Augustine M. Antrobus. 2 vols. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1915.