Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2017

 

April 25 – John Hedden, from the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologists, will reveal Tuesday, April 25, what was found in an archaeological dig in late 2016.  The dig took place at 4th Street and Western Avenue, Davenport, at the site of the former Danish Brotherhood Hall where 19th Century artifacts were found.  

          “The recovered artifact assemblage is one of the largest …from an early urban context, within the state of Iowa,” Hedden said. It will reveal mid-19th Century working class lifestyle.

The presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Hawk  State Historic Site, 44 1/2 Avenue and 15th Street, Rock Island.

It is free and open to the public.

April 25 – A new history book club focusing on local and regional history is starting up in the QCA. If you like to read and you like history, the first meeting will be on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. It’s going to be in the beautiful Deere-Wiman House at 817 11th Ave., Moline. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Waytenick at 309-737-4280, or coloneldavenport1833@hotmail.com. Parking is across the street from the house, and make sure to bring new book ideas!

April 29 – 43rd Annual Quad Cities Genealogical Conference 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.                     New Location:  Holiday Inn Conference Center Rock Island, IL                                         Guest Speaker:  Lisa Louise Cooke, owner of Genealogy Gems and author of multi-media materials and books. 

Registration includes morning coffee and doughnut/danish, conference handouts, and deli luncheon buffet. Limited to first 230. 

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilbgsrim/calendar-of-events/annual-conference.html

April 29 – Maifest at Schuetzen Park on Saturday, April 29, from 12:00 to 3:00. Maypole demonstrations and audience participation, German food and drink, free May basket activity for young visitors and music. Admission to the park is free. This event was organized by the German-American Clubs of the Quad Cities. For more info, contact Schuetzenpark@yahoo.com.

April 30 – Enjoy Genealogy Night at the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center

From 3 – 8 p.m. you can use the Center’s resources and space to organize your research, get some extra time using subscription databases AncestryLibrary or Newspaper Archive, and network with other genealogists and Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society members. $10 fee includes a hot sandwich and great sides. Registration limited, so call Special Collections at 563-326-7902 for more information or drop off your registration fee at 321 Main Street in the Lower Level of Davenport Public Library. Proceeds go to Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society.

 

May

May 1st – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meets the First Monday of each month (except January and July) at 7:00 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room at the Davenport Public Library – Main.  All are welcome to attend the programs. Contact the Corresponding Secretary for information:  scigscorsec@yahoo.com 

May 13 – Davenport Iowa Family History Center – Free Workshop                                 “Finding Family Books On-Line”       10:30-11:30 a.m.                                                                      4929 Wisconsin Ave Davenport IA 52806     563-386-7547      IA_Davenport@ldsmail.net            The entrance is located on the South side of the building.                                                              There is a handicap ramp located at this entrance.

May 15 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. The menu will be Salisbury steak, mandarin lettuce salad, scalloped potatoes, corn, roll, and strawberry shortcake. Cost for the luncheon is $9.00 per person. The program begins at 12:15 p.m. Guest speaker will be Jane and Neil Luker from Fulton, IL who will present “Windmill Tales”. The luncheon will be at Christ Church located at 1717 8th Avenue, Moline, IL. Reservations or cancellations are due by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017. To make a reservation or with questions, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590. You may leave a message. If schools are closed due to weather, the luncheon will be cancelled.

May 26, 2017 (All day) to May 29, 2017 (All day)     Front Street, LeClaire “Iowa History 101” is On the Move  If you can’t make it to the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines, why not let it come to you? The State Historical Society of Iowa’s mobile museum, known as “Iowa History 101,” travels the state’s highways and back roads to share stories from the past with Iowans in every corner of the state. Artifacts from the State Historical Society’s collection fill 300 square feet of a bright blue 38-foot Winnebago, custom-built at the factory in Forest City.

https://iowaculture.gov/calendar/iowa-history-101-le-claire-scott-county 

May 27 – Veteran’s Headstone Dedication 12:00 – 2:00 at Davenport City Cemetery. There will be speakers, live music, and a cemetery walk. 20 previously unmarked graves of Spanish American and Civil War Veterans will receive new headstones from the Veteran’s Administration. Refreshments will be on site. The Sexton’s Cottage will be open for visiting and/or research. For more info, contact Kory Darnall at 563-449-2358, or darnallkory@mchsi.com.

May 30, 2017 – 10:00am to Sunday, June 4, 2017 – 5:00pm                                                        @ Putnam Museum, 1717 W 12th St., Davenport, IA           “Iowa History 101” is On the Move                  https://iowaculture.gov/calendar/iowa-history-101-davenport-scott-county 

If you can’t make it to the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines, why not let it come to you? The State Historical Society of Iowa’s mobile museum, known as “Iowa History 101,” travels the state’s highways and back roads to share stories from the past with Iowans in every corner of the state. Artifacts from the State Historical Society’s collection fill 300 square feet of a bright blue 38-foot Winnebago, custom-built at the factory in Forest City.

June

June 3 – August 12       Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.                                                                            Summer Walking Tours of Davenport’s 3rd Street Historic District led by the German American Heritage Center. $5            http://www.gahc.org/WalkingTours.htm 

June 5: Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meets the First Monday of each month (except January and July) at 7:00 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room at the Davenport Public Library – Main.  All are welcome to attend the programs. Contact the Corresponding Secretary for information:  scigscorsec@yahoo.com

June 10 – Davenport Iowa Family History Center – Free Workshop                                 “F.A.N. and Cluster Genealogy”           10:30-11:30 a.m.                                                                    4929 Wisconsin Ave Davenport IA 52806     563-386-7547      IA_Davenport@ldsmail.net            The entrance is located on the South side of the building.                                                              There is a handicap ramp located at this entrance.

June 19 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. The menu will be Fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans, rolls, and lemon meringue pie. Cost for the luncheon is $9.00 per person. The program begins at 12:15 p.m. Guest speaker will be Don and Connie Patridge who will present “Advertising Tins”. The luncheon will be at Christ Church located at 1717 8th Avenue, Moline, IL. Reservations or cancellations are due by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 , 2017. To make a reservation or with questions, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590. You may leave a message. If schools are closed due to weather, the luncheon will be cancelled.

July

July 1 – August 12      Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.                                                                            Summer Walking Tours of Davenport’s 3rd Street Historic District led by the German American Heritage Center. $5            http://www.gahc.org/WalkingTours.htm 

July 8 – Davenport Iowa Family History Center – Free Workshop                                                        “German Research”        10:30-11:30 a.m.                                                                                                      4929 Wisconsin Ave Davenport IA 52806     563-386-7547      IA_Davenport@ldsmail.net             The entrance is located on the South side of the building.                                                                       There is a handicap ramp located at this entrance.

August

August 5 – August 12       Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.                                                                         Summer Walking Tours of Davenport’s 3rd Street Historic District led by the German American Heritage Center. $5            http://www.gahc.org/WalkingTours.htm 

August 7:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meets the First Monday of each month (except January and July) at 7:00 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room at the Davenport Public Library – Main.  All are welcome to attend the programs. Contact the Corresponding Secretary for information:  scigscorsec@yahoo.com 

August 12  – Davenport Iowa Family History Center – Free Workshop                                        “Hidden Things in the Census”       10:30-11:30 a.m.                                                                                4929 Wisconsin Ave Davenport IA 52806     563-386-7547      IA_Davenport@ldsmail.net             The entrance is located on the South side of the building.                                                                       There is a handicap ramp located at this entrance.

September

September 9  – Davenport Iowa Family History Center – Free Workshop                                        “Institutional Records”       10:30-11:30 a.m.                                                                                               4929 Wisconsin Ave Davenport IA 52806     563-386-7547      IA_Davenport@ldsmail.net              The entrance is located on the South side of the building.                                                                       There is a handicap ramp located at this entrance.

 September 11: Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meets the First Monday of each month (except January and July) at 7:00 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room at the Davenport Public Library – Main.  All are welcome to attend the programs. Contact the Corresponding Secretary for information:  scigscorsec@yahoo.com

October

October 2 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meets the First Monday of each month (except January and July) at 7:00 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room at the Davenport Public Library – Main.  All are welcome to attend the programs. Contact the Corresponding Secretary for information:  scigscorsec@yahoo.com

October 14  – Davenport Iowa Family History Center – Free Workshop                                        “Naturalization”       10:30-11:30 a.m.                                                                                                           4929 Wisconsin Ave Davenport IA 52806     563-386-7547      IA_Davenport@ldsmail.net              The entrance is located on the South side of the building.                                                                       There is a handicap ramp located at this entrance.

October 27 & 28 – Illinois State Genealogical Society – Fall Conference  “Build your Family Tree:  DNA, Research, and Writing”   iWireless Center   Moline, IL    http://www.ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=536  

November

November 6 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Annual Dinner Meeting. Location TBD.

November 11  – Davenport Iowa Family History Center – Free Workshop                                        “Canadian Research”       10:30-11:30 a.m.                                                                                                   4929 Wisconsin Ave Davenport IA 52806     563-386-7547      IA_Davenport@ldsmail.net               The entrance is located on the South side of the building.                                                                       There is a handicap ramp located at this entrance.

9 Responses to Area Genealogical and Local History Events

  1. Mary LePoer says:

    I lived in Davenport until I was 4 years old and am now getting into genealogy. Is there a society homepage? All I see are the “events” listing.

    • SCblogger says:

      The Scott County Iowa Genealogy Society does not have a website at this time.

      However, you may contact them via e-mail (scigscorsec@yahoo.com) or regular mail (P.O. Box 3132, Davenport, Iowa 52808-3132).

  2. john baldeck says:

    i am researching my families ancesters, and have knowledge of my great great grandparents settling in davenport; and living at 1025 west 5th st. their name was franz and maria bruggemann.their daughter (my great grandmother)was born at that address. i am looking for any information you may have as to when they settled in davenport.

    • SCblogger says:

      Hello!

      If you could please fill our our online research request form on our website (www.qcmemory.org/Page/Ask_a_Question.aspx?nt=208), with any general dates you might have for this family, we will see what our resources can do for you!

  3. Helen V Peters says:

    I am looking for any information about my Grandmother, Ida Roneau (?Spelling) who was born in Hamburg, Germany on March 25, 1860. She immigrated to the US in 1879 or 1880 and joined her sister in Davenport, Iowa. She married Wilhelm Peters(born 28Aug1880) soon after her arrival and they lived in Dysart, Tama County Iowa. I have not been able to find any information about her prior to her marriage to Wilhelm. If someone could look for any information in Davenport with anyone with that name I would be happy to pay for any information about her or her sister. Unfortunately, I do not know her sisters name or whether or not she was married. thanks, Helen Peters.

  4. Samantha Lee says:

    This year I began a FB page where I’m posting my grandfather’s diary entries from 1915. At that time he was 18 years old, living in Davenport with his sister and mother. He was a student at Palmer School of Chiropractic. I thought you might find it interesting. His name was Earl Benton. His sister was Rosybell Benton and his mother Rosy Leaf Benton.

  5. Fawn says:

    How can I register for the genealogy conference on the 26th of April if I do not live close to Davenport? There must be a way to get the form online? An email to ask for one? I live over an hour away, but would love to go……

    thanks,
    Fawn

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