In 2014, genealogists and history researchers came from all over the country to the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center, to use our wonderful resources. We also had email and phone requests come in from all over the world!
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.
Last year we had visitors and research requests from 38 states, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Australia!
Our superlatives were: Avon Park, Florida, in the southeast and Edmonds, Washington, in the northwest. Or e-mail patrons were from as far away as Treviglio, Italy, in the northeast; and Darlington, South Australia, which is almost as southwest as one can go!
Check out this map with all of our visitors for the year 2014, as recorded in our Guest Book. Pretty cool, huh?
We thank our patrons 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!
(posted by Cristina)