Category Archives: Library

Just Shelved: Family Trees, Hoosier Histories, and a Generous Legacy

Donald and Marietta Southwood were both long-time supporters of our Special Collections Center. They worked countless volunteer hours indexing and organizing resources and assisting patrons with their research. Mrs. Southwood passed away April 1, 2005, and Mr. Southwood followed on … Continue reading

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Local History Film Screening–and More!

As part of our 30th anniversary celebration, we will be having a special screening of local history film footage from our Archive & Manuscript Collections. The films will be shown this Saturday, October 20th at 1:30pm in the Film Room, … Continue reading

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30 Years of Myths and Mysteries, Hysterical Histories, Tree-Kickin’ Genealogy…and Much More!

Each department at the Davenport Public Library is valued, and the month of October affords an opportunity to celebrate the 30th birthday of one gem in particular – the hidden pearl in the Main Street Library – the Richardson-Sloane Special … Continue reading

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The mystery of the missing county vital records

This is an update on an earlier post about the State-Level Death records that are available at the State Historical Society in Des Moines. The State Historical Society of Iowa has been slowly adding counties to the index for those … Continue reading

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Just Shelved: Regiments and Other Interesting People

The Scott County Genealogy Society has added several new items to the Special Collections Center this month.  We’ve been trying to acquire at least one history of each Iowa Volunteer Regiment, and these three books are welcome additions to our … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Bernard Bailey

It is with great sadness that we learned of the recent death of Bernard Bailey. We first met Mr. Bailey in 1997, when, recently retired at the age of 81 and looking to be of service, he came to the … Continue reading

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Titanic Fashions, Midwestern Style

The entire world was shocked when the Titanic sank in April of 1912.   A hundred years and several movies later, we’re still fascinated with every detail of the doomed voyage—especially the passengers.  We want to know who they were, where … Continue reading

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The 1940s Census is here! And it works!

Ancestry Library has finished uploading all of the 1940 Census images to its database.  They are now working on indexing—at this posting, Delaware was finished and everything else is pending. Meanwhile, you can find your relatives by browsing the right Enumeration … Continue reading

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Library Closing: April 8

The Davenport Public Library will be closed this Sunday, April 8. We will reopen Monday, April 9th, for our regular business hours.

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Coffee & Census!

Six Days until the complete 1940 Census is released! Why are we so excited about this? Because we’ve waited 72 years for the personal data—or ten since the 1930 Census—and the anticipation has been terrible. Because this Census includes 1935 … Continue reading

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