This year, genealogists and history researchers came from all over the country to the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center, to use our wonderful resources.
They came from far away to fill in the blank branches of their Family Trees. They found copies of birth, marriage and death records of their Scott County, Iowa ancestors. They came to do research on the Iowa Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home, Colonel George Davenport and Bix Beiderbecke. They looked at newspaper articles on microfilm, online databases we subscribe to and our photograph collection. Their searches were made easier by the many indices that have been prepared by our volunteers from the Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society.
How far did they travel?
Our farthest Northern visitors came from Stanwood, Washington. That is 2,077 miles or 32 hours away!
From the South came visitors from Grapevine, Texas. That is 953 miles or 14 hours and 50 minutes away!
Atlanta, Georgia is the home of our Easernmost visitors. About 811 miles or 12 hours and 34 minutes away!
From out West, and from the furthest distance, came patrons from Redwood City, California. A whopping 2,336 miles or 37 hours away!
Check out this map with all of our visitors for the year 2009, as recorded in our Guest Book:
We thank our guest for visiting us this past year. We hope to see you again soon! And if you came in to visit but did not sign our guest book, let us know in the comments, so we can add you to our map!
Are you planning to visit us this year? We look forward to helping you!
I know a route to Atlanta that’s much quicker than yours…