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Des Moines County, Iowa

Des Moines County

Des Moines County was established on October 1, 1834 from Michigan Territory. The county was named for the Des Moines River, river that once ran through the county

The County Seat is located in Burlington and the county government website is

Areas adjacent to Des Moines County are Louisa County (north), Mercer County, Illinois (east), Henderson County, Illinois (southeast), Lee County (south), Henry County (west).

Cities and towns located in the Des Moines county include Burlington, Danville, Mediapolis, Middletown, West Burlington.

Des Moines County vital records can be found at the Iowa Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Iowa for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Des Moines County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Iowa Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.

Des Moines County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Des Moines Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Des Moines Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Des Moines Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Des Moines County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Des Moines County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Des Moines County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers frequently forget the importance of Des Moines County court, probate, and land files as a resource of genealogy and family history information and facts. Buried away in Iowa courthouses and archives everywhere could be the desires and frustrations of countless Iowa residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your ancestors and forefathers have left a in-depth document of at least quite a few factors of their lives in the Des Moines County court records. Even if your ancestors is not discussed in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other procedures which could have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

Remember to contact the clerk's department to validate hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics prior to visiting or requesting information because of many times changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. The majority of employees will help persons in locating the materials, but it's up to the person to undertake the basic research.

The following details shows what birth, death, marriage, property, probate, and legal records will be in Des Moines County. The years indicated below tend to be the first widely known records for this particular county. The Courthouse, along with some of the county records, was destroyed by a fire in 1873.

  • Des Moines County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 513 N Main St, Burlington, IA 52601
    • Phone: (319) 753-8203
  • Des Moines County Recorder's Office maintains official records of documents affecting title to real estate. Every real estate transaction that takes place begins in the Recorder's Office. One of the major duties of the office is the management of public records. As a result, accuracy and preservation of records are a must in the Recorder's Office. In addition to real estate transactions, the Recorder's Office issues titles and liens; records veterans discharge papers; processes passport applications; accepts marriage applications and issues the subsequent license; issues certified copies of birth, death and marriage records as well as other numerous duties.
    • Birth / Death Records: 1880
    • Marriage Records: 1835
    • Land Records: 1837
  • Des Moines County Clerk of Court manages and maintains all trial court records, including pleadings, evidence and orders. The clerks of court have hundreds of administrative duties. They accept and process fines, fees and court costs owed to the state, child support checks, and civil judgments owed to litigants. They maintain a record of liens on all real estate in the county. Clerks help with involuntary hospitalization cases. They have the authority to dispose of scheduled violations which are not contested and do not require a court hearing. Clerks are also responsible for informing state and local government agencies of court orders.
    • Probate Records: 1835 
    • Court Records: 1835 
  • Des Moines County Tax Assessor is responsible for assess and appraise all real estate and personal property, to have access to all public records of the county for the purpose of securing information pertaining to accurate listings of taxable property.

Des Moines County Links

The following are links to Genealogy, Records and Resources associated to Des Moines County. Many of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is simply a list which has been compiled or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to furnish your own preferred Des Moines County genealogy or family history related sites.

Des Moines Co. IA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Des Moines Co. IA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Des Moines Co. IA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Des Moines Co. IA Census Records

Des Moines Co. IA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Des Moines Co. IA Church & Bible Records

Des Moines Co. IA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Des Moines Co. IA General and History Websites

Des Moines Co. IA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Des Moines Co. IA Military Records

Des Moines Co. IA Schools & Directories

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