Marieta's Retirement Ramblings

Dubuque, Iowa, Genealogy Repositories and Other Sites


Taking our genealogy treasure hunt on the road, Dave and I dodged a couple snowstorms and ventured to Dubuque to explore repositories. I’m going to write about some of them in more depth in additional posts, but for now I want to explain the options.

Center for Dubuque History
Loras College
Academic Resource Center
1450 Alta Vista
Dubuque, Iowa 52001-4399
Phone: 563-588-7163
Contact: Michael Gibson, Archivist

Carnegie-Stout Public Library
360 West Eleventh Street
Dubuque, Iowa 52001
Phone: 563-589-4137
Contact: Michelle Hellmer (Adult Services Manager)
Amy Muchmore (selects items for genealogy collection)

Dubuque County Historical Society located at the
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
350 East Third Street
Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone: 563-557-9545 or 800-226-3369
Contact: Tish Boyer, Collections Manager/Registrar

Wartburg Theological Seminary Archives
333 Wartburg Place
Dubuque, IA 52003
Phone: 563-589-0320
Contact: Nancy Carroll, Archivist
Unfortunately, we were not able to visit this archives because they were moving from one part of the building to another and she had student assistance lined up for the day of our visit. However, Nancy was very helpful during our phone conversation.

This is the repository for the German Lutheran Synod of Iowa, 1854-1930 records, and Region 5 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). Included are thousands of letters sent to Iowa church leaders 1850-1900, primarily between administrative units and pastors settling in an area and forming new congregations. Also of interest are the records of many dissolved congregations in Region 5 (Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and upper Michigan).

Dubuque County – Key City Genealogical Society
collection is incorporated with the
Family History Center
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
685 Fremont Avenue
Dubuque, Iowa 52001
Phone: 563-583-6851
Contact: Steven N. Eastvedt, Director

I had called ahead and said I would be there on Saturday morning at 9:00, when they opened. Dave and I waited until 9:20; no one appeared. I was very sorry to miss the opportunity to see this collection. A few years ago, the genealogical society needed to find a place for its collection. The Family History Center not only agreed to incorporate this valuable collection, but FHC digitized the collection and it is now available on computers at the Center. I wanted very much to see how this works. In addition, I was hoping to see what records this group has that are not available elsewhere.

As tourists we also visited:
Mines of Spain
E. B. Lyons Interpretive Center
8991 Bellevue Heights
Dubuque, Iowa 52003-9214
Phone: 563-556-0620

We would like to return in warmer weather so we could visit more places, including the Julien Dubuque Monument, the Shot Tower Historic Landmark, the Historic Federal Building and Post Office, and take the Fenelon Place Elevator up the side of the bluff. In addition, several parts of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium are out-of-doors and we elected to stay indoors. The Mines of Spain have many designated hiking trails which would be more enjoyable in warmer weather.