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Our Genealogy Collection

The Alton Public library has an extensive collection of genealogical materials including cemetery records, old newspapers and other items of interest.
The Alton Democrat is available at our library in print and microfilm format.  

     Alton Railroad Depot
              Alton Railroad Depot, 1967

  • Newspaper Archives of Sioux County

    • 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dating back from 1872 to 1971, are searchable by keyword and date, making it easy for you to quickly explore historical content.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 Indpendent, 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.  

Digital Archives of the Libraries of Sioux County


This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.