Dutch Heritage Resources

When beginning your research, we recommend you use the following resources in the order listed.  All of these are available in the Dutch Heritage Room in DeWitt Library on the Northwestern College campus.


Sioux County Atlases can be useful for locating family land plots.  DeWitt Library has the following in their archives:

  • Standard Historical Atlas of Sioux County, 1908
    Also available online via the University of Iowa
  • Atlas of Sioux County and the World Remapped, 1923
  • Atlas and Township Plats of Sioux County, 1935
  • Sioux County Atlas, 1938
  • Sioux County Plat Book and Farm Directory, 1961
  • Atlas Sioux County, 1965
  • Pictorial Atlas Sioux County, 1976
  • Pictorial Atlas Sioux County, 1985
  • Farm Directory and Atlas of Sioux County Iowa, 1987-1988
  • Sioux County E-911 Farm Atlas, 1994-1995
  • Sioux County Farm Atlas, 2000-2001
  • Sioux County Farm Atlas, 2003-2004
  • Sioux County Farm Atlas, 2008

Records in our Archives

  • Sioux County Census
    Archives (see a staff member for assistance accessing and reading the microfilm)

    These microfilm census records are arranged by township, rather than by surname. It is thus necessary to know the residence of the person being sought. Available years are 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1920.
  • Sioux County Cemetery Records
    Archives: Card Catalog

    Sioux County cemetery records transcribed between 1979 and 1982. Recorded information includes birth and death dates, cemetery number and, in many cases, the name of spouse.
  • Classic/Beacon Records
    Archives: Card Catalog

    Index to Northwestern publications. Bound copies of the Beacon from 1923 and the Classic from April 1892 to present are stored in the periodicals area.
  • Regional Histories Index
    Archives: Card Catalog

    This card index serves as a means of surname access to the contents of many Iowa regional histories. The books referenced by these cards are also located in the Dutch Heritage Room, in the call number range.

Family Records

The public is welcome to examine most items located in the Archives.  To do so, please contact the library.