Tag Archives: Research

The Scott County Unusual Sources Index

Back in the days of card catalogs, the Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society created a name index to a wide variety of items available in the Special Collections Center. Dubbed the Scott County Unusual Sources Index (SCUSI for short), it … Continue reading

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National History Day: A Learning Experience for All!

Every year, our Special Collections Center is pleased to assist middle and high school students who are researching projects for National History Day. These projects require primary resources and a thorough understanding of the annual theme as it relates to … Continue reading

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The Colorful Wedding Announcement of Miss Helen Watts

Included in our Hostetler Photograph Collections is a set of glass negatives  showing the former Miss Helen Kelsey Watts in her wedding gown, in which she married Mr. Homer Brown Payne. While researching these images, we located a wedding announcement, … Continue reading

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If At First You Don’t Know . . .

Sometimes all it takes is one misprint to throw our sense of history off for over 131 years. For at least that long, it was believed that George Colt was the first City Marshal of Davenport.  This was reinforced by … Continue reading

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One-Way Question, Multi-Directional Answer

Weren’t Third  and Fourth streets in Davenport always one-way streets? And if not, when did they change from two-way to one-way traffic? These were the questions being asked for the last couple of weeks, ever since the Davenport City Council … Continue reading

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The 1940 Census — a two-for-one!

 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

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A Summer Morning Haunting?

The end of October is upon us with cooler days, rustling leaves, and stories of haunted houses and ghosts.  We have found, though, that rumored hauntings are not just for Halloween. One such alleged haunting merited a small article in … Continue reading

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Patience, No — Time, Yes!

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

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