Area Genealogical and Local History Events


November 10: 10:00 a.m.     The Davenport City Cemetery Partnership will hold an event to commemorate the Centennial of the end of WW1 and Veterans Day beginning at 10:00 at City Cemetery, 1625 Rockingham Road, Davenport. Presentations about WW1, the veterans buried in the cemetery, poetry reading in English and German as well as live musical performances will  be included in the program. The sexton’s cottage at the cemetery will also be open and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the cemetery before and after the event. Limited parking within the cemetery for persons with special needs can be found by entering the west drive or the cemetery.

November 10: Davenport Family History Center Free Workshop – Why did Grandpa Move? [Migration] 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call 563-386-7547.

November 10:  SECOND SATURDAYS: ST. MARTIN’S DAY HEDGEHOG LANTERNS  1-2 p.m.   German-American Heritage Center – All Children and Students with ID get FREE ENTRY to the museum and the exhibits all day!                                                                       

November 11 – Veteran’s Day at the Colonel Davenport House
The Colonel Davenport House will be open on Veteran’s Day from 2-4 p.m. Admission is $1.00 for adults/seniors. Kids 12 and younger and active and retired military are free. George Davenport served in the U.S. Army in the early 1800’s to 1815. He came to this area as an Army supplier in 1816 to establish Ft. Armstrong.


NOVEMBER 11 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM German American Heritage Center     THE DEMISE OF GERMAN-IOWAN NEWSPAPERS DURING WORLD WAR I                      


November 12th:  All Davenport Public Libraries closed in honor of Veteran’s Day

November 14th:  1-3 p.m. The Library | MAIN Special Collections Pop-up!                                   Topic:  Naming Practices and Genealogy        Mini-program appropriate for all ages.

November 14:  WWI Lecture Series  “Armistice, the Russian Expedition, and Occupation of Germany”                                                                                                                                                                    2:00 p.m. Rock Island Public Library – Main Branch and 6:00 p.m. Davenport Public Library – Eastern Branch

November 18:  The American/Schleswig-Holstein Heritage Society (ASHHS) annual meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Walcott American Legion, 121 W. Bryant St., Walcott, Iowa.  The program is free and open to the public. The speaker will speak about Dubuque Seminary. The American Legion Hall is handicap accessible. For more information, call Mary Ann Muller 563-284-6640, or e-mail

NOVEMBER 18 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM German-American Heritage Center      ART AND THE NAZI PARTY     

November 22 – 23:  Davenport Public Library Closed

November 27:  6:30 p.m. The Library | MAIN       Genealogical Perspectives Mobile Genealogy:  Genealogy On-the-Go with the iPad by Lisa Louise Cooke

November 28th:  1-3 p.m. The Library | MAIN Special Collections Pop-up!                                 Topic:  Locating Local Photographs           Mini-program appropriate for all ages.

December 3:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Meeting at Davenport Public Library|Main in Lower Level Meeting room 6:30 p.m.   PROGRAM:  New and Must-Have Google Tips for Genealogy       Installation of Officers

December 8:

Second Saturdays: Christmas Pickle

December 9 – Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation Christmas Tea at Quarters One

See Quarters One decorated for the holidays while enjoying an afternoon Christmas Tea. You will receive a guided tour of this historic mansion. There will be two seatings.

High Tea – 12 noon with heartier savory and sweet delights and several types of tea ($30)

Afternoon Tea – 3 p.m. with a selection of sweet treats and several types of tea ($20)

December 15:  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Christkindlmarkt Craft Fair        German-American Heritage Center & Museum

December 24 – 25:   Davenport Public Library Closed

December 27:  6:30 p.m. The Library | MAIN       Genealogical Perspectives    New and Must-Have Google Tips for Genealogy with Lisa Louise Cooke

December 31st:   Davenport Public Libraries Closed

2019  Happy New Year!!!

January 1st:  Davenport Public Libraries Closed

January 7th  – No meeting for Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society

January 29th:  6:30 p.m. The Library | MAIN    Genealogical Perspectives:  Google Earth for Genealogy  with Lisa Louise Cooke

February 4th:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Meeting 6:30 p.m. Large Meeting Room Davenport Public Library | MAIN   Program:  How the Genealogist Can Remember Everything with Evernote

February 26:  6:30 p.m. The Library | MAIN    Genealogical Perspectives:  Get Started with Evernote with Lisa Louise Cooke 

10 Responses to Area Genealogical and Local History Events

  1. Mary LePoer says:

    I lived in Davenport until I was 4 years old and am now getting into genealogy. Is there a society homepage? All I see are the “events” listing.

  2. john baldeck says:

    i am researching my families ancesters, and have knowledge of my great great grandparents settling in davenport; and living at 1025 west 5th st. their name was franz and maria bruggemann.their daughter (my great grandmother)was born at that address. i am looking for any information you may have as to when they settled in davenport.

    • SCblogger says:


      If you could please fill our our online research request form on our website (, with any general dates you might have for this family, we will see what our resources can do for you!

  3. Helen V Peters says:

    I am looking for any information about my Grandmother, Ida Roneau (?Spelling) who was born in Hamburg, Germany on March 25, 1860. She immigrated to the US in 1879 or 1880 and joined her sister in Davenport, Iowa. She married Wilhelm Peters(born 28Aug1880) soon after her arrival and they lived in Dysart, Tama County Iowa. I have not been able to find any information about her prior to her marriage to Wilhelm. If someone could look for any information in Davenport with anyone with that name I would be happy to pay for any information about her or her sister. Unfortunately, I do not know her sisters name or whether or not she was married. thanks, Helen Peters.

  4. Samantha Lee says:

    This year I began a FB page where I’m posting my grandfather’s diary entries from 1915. At that time he was 18 years old, living in Davenport with his sister and mother. He was a student at Palmer School of Chiropractic. I thought you might find it interesting. His name was Earl Benton. His sister was Rosybell Benton and his mother Rosy Leaf Benton.

  5. Fawn says:

    How can I register for the genealogy conference on the 26th of April if I do not live close to Davenport? There must be a way to get the form online? An email to ask for one? I live over an hour away, but would love to go……


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