The Main Street Library will be closed
December 8 - 23, 2014
During this time, our
Special Collections Center
will be accepting research requests
via phone, e-mail,
and our eRequest form.
Information about our research fees
can be found here.
Please note that it may take longer to respond to your research requests during this time.
The Davenport Public Library will be closed
December 24 - 25, 2014
December 31, 2014 - January 1, 2015
for the holidays.
RSSC’s Featured Image
DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN?
The man pictured above is wanted by the Davenport Public Library for appearing in our collections without a name!
If you can identify this 1884 Davenport Police Officer, please call or e-mail us so we can
bring him to justiceadd his name to our files!
For your convenience, please explore our page of upcoming genealogical and local history events in the Quad-City area.
Be sure to mark these dates down in your own calendar!
Category Archives: Genealogy
One of the questions asked on the 1940 Federal Census was the location of the person in April of 1935. A decade is a long time and people didn’t always stay put—and some moved more than once. The Census Bureau wanted to … Continue reading
Are you having trouble researching your African-Americans ancestors before the 1870’s? Here are some tips for tracing hard-to- find ancestors back to the Civil War and earlier: The first suggestion is to locate your family in the 1870 Census. … Continue reading
Genealogy words can be tricky—ahnentafels, anyone?—and words that look or sound alike don’t help much. In order to facilitate communications and understanding—and humor, of course—we’ve collected a few of the most frequent mix-ups we’ve encountered, with definitions and examples: ____________ … Continue reading
2011 has been a good year around here. We’ve received many new resources from family histories to land records, Shakers to Palatines. We’ve even added a few new databases to our arsenal. We’ve had great programs, like our Specifically for … Continue reading
The two things a genealogist can’t do without are patience and research time. True patience comes from within, but we can offer you some extra time! Starting next Sunday, October 2nd, the Main Street location of the Davenport Public Library … Continue reading
The Ringing Brothers Circus, with or without Barnum & Bailey, has been a Davenport tradition for more than a century. These famous brothers were the sons of August Ringling, a harness maker born in Hanover, and his wife Salome, … Continue reading
“Preservation and access of historical records will provide the key ingredient for success in the future for those who are able and take advantage of the lessons of life from the past. This knowledge and understanding of truth about our … Continue reading
We’ve added many new resources to our collections recently! Some of these were budgeted, some were donated, and some are courtesy of the Scott County Iowa Genealogy Society: People: Man of Deeds: Bishop Mathias Loras and the Iowa Frontier by … Continue reading
Love of the past implies faith in the future. – Stephen Ambrose, 1936-2002 Specifically for Seniors Programs are held on the last Wednesday of each month through November, at 1:00 p.m. at the Fairmount Branch Library. This month, the program … Continue reading
We are pleased to announce that we’ve subscribed to another terrific online genealogy resource: America’s GenealogyBank. This resource is user friendly—our staff enjoying experimenting with it!—and offers some keyword searching. Its five databases can help researchers find family members, verify … Continue reading