SIOUX CENTER - (West Branch) (North Sioux Center) first settled
in 1870, Post Office 1877, Platted 1881, Incorporated 1891.
Located in Sioux County, All but northern part which is in Welcome
township balance is in West Branch township.
- Memory Gardens Cemetery was started as a church
cemetery for the Reformed Church. The records are kept by Jim
Horstman. The first recorded burial was in 1878. Early records
are incomplete. From 1914 they are complete and give burial
information and plot ownership.
- Oolman Funeral Home formerly VanderPloeg’s
has records as early as 1910, mostly of the Sioux Center area.
They have some Rock Valley and Hospers records.
- The Coop Funeral Home has been in business for about
60 years. but only have records for the last 25 years.
- The historical churches are:
- Reformed Church was established in 17 May 1877.
There are several church histories written. Rev. De Pree
was the first minister beginning in 1880 and was there for
many years. There are records of births, marriages and
deaths by Rev. De Pree that have been made into a booklet
of same, contact GSCGS in Sioux Center.
- First Christian Reformed Church was organized 10
- Presbyterian Church was organized 7 Oct. 1887, it
became -Central Reformed Church in April 1898.
- Netherlands Reformed Church has also been in
existence for many years.
- Today Sioux Center churches number in the teens.
- Sioux Center Public Library On-Line Catalog. http://www.siouxcenter.lib.ia.us
search ‘genealogy’ for over 300 listings.
David Netz is the Director of the Sioux Center Public Library. The
library has one of the areas largest collections of
Genealogical books and local archives. Items of interest are
many genealogy and historical books ; including three Sioux
Center histories, many local town histories, cemetery indexes,
emigration indexes, many family histories, local news section
Niuewsblad (Dutch) paper index 1983-1929, genealogy
periodicals and magazines, several state and local Atlases
including the 1908 Atlas of Sioux County which has much local
history and photographs of many of the early settlers,
churches, homes ; and many other items too numerous to
mention. The library has a new micro film reader and printer,
and had micro film of some of the newspapers back to 1893.
Bound copies of the Sioux Center News from 1958 to
present. Micro film of the early Sioux County Court House
Records from 1870 to about 1925 including births (early ones
are very incomplete), marriages, deaths, naturalization, and
probate records. Land records will be acquired in the future.
Micro film of Sioux County censuses; 1880,1895,
- The GSCGS, the Greater Sioux County Genealogical
Society is based at the Sioux Center Library. The Mark
Twain Room in the lower level of the library housed many
of the societies archives.
- Sioux Center 1891 - 1966;
- Pocket of Civility 1976 by Mike Vanden Bosch;
- A People with Convictions - History of Sioux Center
1871-1991, this large 800 page book is for sale at the
Library for $50. plus 4.50 postage. It is packed with local,
town, church, business, over 700 family histories plus other
- Societies - GSCGS (Greater Sioux County Genealogical
Society) was started in 1982. The small group of members has
been collecting items of genealogical interest that are at the
Sioux Center library or in the Mark Twain room. Resources in
the Mark Twain room include; two vertical files with over 4000
local area surnames files; some older area churches membership
rolls, obituary clipping cards of all local area obituaries
1980 - present, also an index of the maiden names listed on
the clippings; Index of headstones of Sioux County cemeteries
done in 1979 by the North West IA Genealogical Society; WPA
1939 Sioux County Cemetery Index, Some early Holland Michigan
area cemetery indexes; Marion County IA older Cemetery
Contact - Wilma J. Vande Berg of Sioux Center IA, does quite a
bit of the archival acquistions & research for
Mike Vanden Bosch is one of the town historians and has
written the book Pocket of Civility in 1976 among other works.
- Dordt College Memorial Collection - Items of
Oral histories by Mike Vanden Bosch; Sioux County Atlas, 1908;
some famliy histories; microfilm of the minutes of disbanded
churches (CRC); histories of many of the area Christian