Genealogy Collection

The Alton Public library has a collection of genealogical materials including cemetery records, old newspapers, and other items of interest.

Sioux County Newspaper Archives

This online database contains more than 181,200 historical newspaper pages from Sioux County.  The full-page newspapers, dating back from 1872 to 1971, are searchable by keyword and date, making it easy for you to quickly explore historical content.

Newspapers include Alton Democrat, Alton Review, Boyden Reporter, Hawarden Independent, Hospers Tribune, Hull Index, Independent, Ireton Clipper, Ireton Weekly Ledger, Maurice Times, People’s Friend, Reporter, Rock Valley Bee, Sioux Center News, Sioux Center Nieuswbland, Sioux County Capital, Sioux County Herald, Sioux County Index Reporter, Sioux County Index.

We invite you to visit the archive often, as additional pages will be added as they become available.  

The Alton Democrat is also available at our library in print and microfilm format.