Burlington is a city in Des Moines County Iowa and is Des Moines County Seat. Burlington was founded in 1833, prior to this it was originally called "Shoquoquon" (Shok-ko-kon), meaning Flint Hills.
Enchanting Victorian homes adorn the hills and vales of Iowa's first capital, Burlington. Cobblestone streets, and brick paved lanes stretch out along the lazy Mississippi River and weave through the European influenced settlement. Burlington, originally named after Burlington, Vermont, is home to Snake Alley, the most crooked alley in the world. An occasional whistle of a Burlington Northern train adds to the feel of Mark Twain days gone by.
Family History Resources
Community Web Sites
Historical and Genealogical Societies
- Des Moines County Genealogical Society Address: PO Box 493 Burlington IA 52601
- State Historical Society of Iowa Address: 600 East Locust Des Moines IA 50319
The Burlington Daily Gazette was established in 1837.
The Hawk Eye Newspaper was established in 1839.
The Iowa Tribune - a German Paper established in 1861.
Histories, Biographies, And Genealogies
A short summary of the history of Burlington is recounted in the Historical Atlas of the State of Iowa 1875.
The Burlington County Library has a very large collection of genealogical Information.