Davenport Iowa Family History Center

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The Davenport Iowa Family History Center was established in 1982. The Center services southeastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois around the Quad Cities.

Entrance to the Family History Center
Main Room
Reception Room
Library Room
Printer for film and fiche
Computer Room
Reader Room

Record holdings include:[edit | edit source]

  • Scott County, Iowa
  • Rock Island County, Illinois
  • Schleswig-Holstein (both in Denmark & Germany)
  • Sweden, various areas
  • Many other countries and U.S. records

Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location Map:


  • 4929 Wisconsin Ave, Davenport IA 52806
  • The entrance is located on the South side of the building.
  • A handicap accessible ramp and parking spaces are located at this entrance.


  • 1-563-386-7547


  • ia_davenport@familyhistorymail.org

Center Hours:

Notice for Winter: Wednesday closing is 7:00 pm

Day Open Closed
Tuesday 10:00 am 2:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am 7:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am 2:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am 2:00 pm
  • Other hours by appointment only. They must be scheduled with the Family History Center Director.
  • Before you drive long distances in inclement weather, please call ahead to see if we are open.

Holiday Schedule:


  • New Years
  • Saturday before Easter
  • 4th of July
  • Memorial Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

2020 Workshops (every other month)

Workshops are 10:30 am -11:30 am in the main room at the Family History Center. The workshops are free. If you have any questions, please call the Family History Center at 563-386-7547.

Dates Workshops
11 Jan Passenger ship lists Research
14 Mar U.S. Military Records
9 May Obituaries
11 Jul Evaluating Evidence: Analyzing & Interpreting Your Records
12 Sep FamilySearch.org Updates
14 Nov Unusual or Little Used Resources

Staff Inservice and Training

  • 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm in the Family History Center in Main Room.

Center Resources:[edit | edit source]

Collections:[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Catalog: The FamilySearch Catalog is a list of all of the records and collections available from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Rentals are no longer available.
    • Many films can be viewed online, it will be noted on the catalog with a red link to the online film.
    • Please see the Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog for instructions on how to use the Catalog.
  • This Center has:
    • 4,000+ films
    • 800+ books
      • How-to books
      • Regional guides
      • Local genealogies
    • 9 computers with printers (internet connection for genealogical research only)
    • 5 film readers
    • 1 fiche reader
    • 1 film/fiche digital copier
    • 1 scanner
    • Printers and copiers
    • Dictionaries of many languages
    • Reference guides for areas worldwide
    • Reference books on genealogical research
  • The Center is not a lending library. All films, fiche and books must remain in the Center.

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

Family History Center Portal The Portal website which gives free access on the Center's computers to many premium family history websites that generally require a subscription fee. These include:[edit | edit source]

  • 19th Century British Library Newspapers - This fully searchable database of the British Library's newspaper holdings provides a complete run of 48 national and regional Victorian British newspapers for the 19th century from 1800 to 1900. These support the study of colonial history, genealogical research, politics, urban studies, and media courses.
  • Alexander Street Press – The America Civil War
    • Research Data: Contains indexed, searchable information on over 4 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with 15,000 photographs. The database has thousands of regimental rosters and officer profiles. It includes a record for virtually every soldier who served in the war. There are descriptions of thousands of battles, with detailed multi-page battle orders and reports for significant battles such as Shiloh, Antietam, and Gettysburg.
    • Letters and Diaries - Contains 2,009 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of diaries, letters and memoirs. It is indexed. Each source has been carefully chosen using leading bibliographies.
    • Images of the American Civil War - Provides a vivid visual history of a nation in crisis. Thousands of dramatic images from the fields of battle, the home front, politics, and general society. The database currently holds over 12,200 images.
    • Social and Cultural History - Personal accounts of well-known historical figures.
    • Women and Social Movements in the United States
  • American Ancestors - Created by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), America's founding genealogical organization, American Ancestors is the portal to the nation's leading resource for the highest-quality, comprehensive family history services. Access millions of exclusive and sought-after records online. Explore the largest collection of original family history research materials in America.
  • Ancestry Family History Library Edition – This site has 10+ billion records. Access to thousands of collections of records from around the world, including immigration, census, voter, vital, and military records; newspapers and periodicals; family trees; photos and images; directories, maps, court records, land records, wills and financial records, stories, memories, and histories; and detailed records about births, marriages, deaths, land ownership, and much more.
  • ArkivDigital Online – It is the largest private provider of Swedish Church Records and other historical records online! All images are newly photographed color images of the original documents.  
  • FamNet - The online Family history network for New Zealand roots.
  • Findmypast – Search indexes for England and Wales, parish registers, death duty registers, passport applications, passenger lists leaving UK, 1841 through 1911, censuses, and military records.Search census records and trace births, marriages, and deaths to bring your family history to life. Please note that not all of the content from findmypast is available in family history centers.
  • Fold 3 – The Fold3 name reflects military history and honor, since traditionally, the third fold in a flag-folding ceremony honors and remembers veterans for their sacrifice in defending their country and promoting peace in the world.
    • Search or browse millions of historical documents and photos. Fold3 has refocused their efforts on gathering the best online collection of military records and stories.
    • Resources cover colonial to mid-1900s US records. Includes some census records, vital records, photos, city directories, newspapers, town records, naturalizations, Revolutionary War records and Civil war and later military indexes, World War II "Old man's Draft" Cards, War of 1812 Pension Files, Mexican War Service Records, World War I. Officer Experience Reports, and Confederate Casualty Reports.
  • Geneanet - The first site dedicated to genealogy in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Germany. The Geneanet community has 2 million members who exchange genealogical information.
  • My Heritage - Library Edition. A family tree program. Some searchable records.
  • NewspaperArchive — NewspaperArchive is the world's largest online newspaper archive. Featuring billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world. Discover fascinating news in archived newspapers hundreds of years old—including obituaries, birth announcements, sports articles, comics, and more. Fully searchable.

Center Services[edit | edit source]

Area Specialties[edit | edit source]

Center has many films, resources and books on these areas:

Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

Links[edit | edit source]



  • Allen County Public Library Internet Site - Located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Fred J. Reynolds Historical Genealogy Collection is the second-largest genealogy collection in the United States[2] and the largest genealogy collection in a public library. Its holdings include more than 350,000 printed volumes and 513,000 items on microfilm and microfiche.
  • Newberry Library - Located in Chicago, Illinois. The Newberry is a private, non-circulating library free and open to the public. Collections include: 17,000 published genealogies of New England and colonial America, and British gentry and nobility. The library collects church, town, county, and state histories, from all parts of America, Canada, and the British Isles, including comprehensive New England town histories
  • Library of Congress - Located in Washington, D.C. The world's largest library, including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories. Rich in collections of manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, and published material, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources. Also has incomparable royalty, nobility, and heraldry collections.

Volunteer Staff at the Center[edit | edit source]

The Center's staff will provide research helps, answer questions, and give instruction on how to use the center's computers, film readers and portal sites. Patrons must perform their own research.