Tag Archives: Genealogy

New Old Stuff, Old New Stuff!

New to the Special Collections Center’s Iowa vital records microfilm cabinet is Lee County.  Thirty-five rolls of births, delayed births, deaths, marriages and even a few naturalizations are ready for use the next time you come in. Lee County is … Continue reading

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Guilty Pleasures: Genealogy Blogs

Blogging is huge right now, and genealogy blogs are booming. Although our little blog hasn’t made one of these lists yet, some very thought provoking ones have. So next time you have a few minutes, you may want to do … Continue reading

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In Defense of Ordinary Ancestors

“An Authority said not long ago that there are only 40 or 50 American families that are in any way entitled to the insignia of nobility, but you cannot get the average American who has made money to believe that.  … Continue reading

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Probate Records: Exempt from Execution

Probate records are very popular with genealogists, and no wonder.  Probates basically tell the story of who got what and what it was, which is always interesting, and to this end, it includes an heir list and an inventory of … Continue reading

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Save the Date: Genealogy Night at the Library!

Never seem to have enough time to explore your family tree? Do you wish the Davenport Public Library were open a little later on the weekends so you could get all of your research done? Your wish has been granted! … Continue reading

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Just Shelved: Histories of Iowa Counties

 Thanks to the Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society (SCIGS), our Center can now offer the following reprints of several county histories: •      Harry Church Chappel’s History of Buchanan County, Iowa, and its People (1914) •      History of Black Hawk County, Iowa, … Continue reading

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Heads Up! March SCIGS Meeting

The next Scott County, Iowa, Genealogy Society (SCIGS) meeting is on March 2 (this coming Monday) at seven p.m.  The meeting is at St. Paul Lutheran Church (2136 Brady Street). Non-members are welcome to attend.  Gene Eiklor will be speaking about … Continue reading

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Resource of the Month: Old-Age Assistance Tax Records

The topic of the Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society’s February program was Social Security Records. The speaker went into some detail about the information that is available on the actual application for Social Security. However the Social Security Act wasn’t … Continue reading

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A Brief Musical Interlude

Our staff here at the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center celebrate the winter holidays each year by exchanging cards, small gifts, mailing cards to our wonderful volunteers, and, in one unfortunate case, writing new lyrics to an old holiday song. Here … Continue reading

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Skeletons in your Closet?

As Autumn descends on our fair city, temperatures drop, trees turn their leaves, squirrels gather acorns and other goodies for their long winter naps, and even our houses settle in for the coming Winter.  Older houses, of which Davenport has … Continue reading

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