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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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Say (and spell) What?: Tricky research words

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

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Auld Lang Syne . . .

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

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Turkey Notes: a four-line Davenport tradition

It’s Thanksgiving Week!* Some of our readers already know about The Turkey Note tradition, either because your family writes them, your children write them in school, you make children write them in school, or you caught our previous posts about … Continue reading

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A History Mystery Solved: The Disappearance of the Lindsay Lagoon

Once upon a time, there was a Mississippi River lagoon in the area near Lindsay Park Marina in the Village of East Davenport.  The lagoon was used for swimming and fishing.  Pretty nice place, from what we hear. It’s not … Continue reading

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Davenport Inventors: Patently the Best

Davenport has had its share of inventors over the years, including Alexander F. Victor, who held almost eighty patents for his film projecting equipment; William Voss, whose washing machines brought laundry to a whole new level, and Otto F. Rohwedder;* … Continue reading

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Happy 175th Birthday, Davenport!

The year 2011 marks the 175th anniversary of the founding of Sofa City – that’s right! In February of 1836 the official “Articles of Agreement” were drawn up, land was purchased from Antoine LeClaire, and a town was platted in … Continue reading

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Just Shelved: People, Places, Planes, and More!

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

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Introducing America’s GenealogyBank

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

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New Feature: Have You Seen . . . ?

One of our ongoing projects is to scan and research each image in our photograph collections.   Most of the time, this is relatively (no pun intended) easy. The majority of our Hostetler glass negatives, for example, came with an original … Continue reading

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