Scott County, Iowa Genealogy

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Guide to Scott County, Iowa ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Davenport
Organized: 21 December 1837[1]
Parent County(s): Dubuque, Cook, Muscatine
Neighboring Counties
Cedar  • Clinton  • Muscatine  • Rock Island (IL)
See County Maps
Iowa, Scott County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Iowa Scott Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Scott County was named for Winfield Scott and is located in southeastern part of Iowa.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Scott County Courthouse
400 West 4th Street
Davenport, IA 52801
Phone: 563-326-8648
Scott County Website

Scott County, Iowa Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1880 1837 1880 1851 1838 1838 1847
* Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths January 1891. General compliance by 1924.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
  • Westdale
Census-designated places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Listed below are resources for Bible records specific to Scott County. To find more resources, go to the Iowa Bible Records page.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Biographical History and Portrait Gallery of Scott County, Iowa 1895. Chicago, IL: American Biographical Publishing Co. Online at: FamilySearch Catalog - images, HathiTrust — index & images.
  • History of Scott County, Iowa: and Biographies of Representative Citizens. 1882. Chicago, IL: Inter-State Publishing Co. Vol I Online at: FamilySearch Catalog - images, HathiTrust — index & images; Vol II Online at: Google Books.

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Scott County, Iowa online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Iowa Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Iowa recorded not only federal, but state censuses for several in-between years as well. For more information, see the very informative Iowa Census article.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 5,986
1860 25,959 333.7%
1870 38,599 48.7%
1880 41,266 6.9%
1890 43,164 4.6%
1900 51,558 19.4%
1910 60,000 16.4%
1920 73,952 23.3%
1930 77,332 4.6%
1940 84,748 9.6%
1950 100,698 18.8%
1960 119,067 18.2%
1970 142,687 19.8%
1980 160,022 12.1%
1990 150,973 −5.7%
2000 158,668 5.1%
2010 165,224 4.1%
Source: "".

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Iowa Church Records.


Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. They include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Iowa Land and Property for information about early Iowa land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, transactions were usually recorded and housed at the county courthouse.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Scott County, which may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see Iowa Local Histories.

  • 1917-1918 History of War Activities of Scott County, Iowa, 1917-1918. 1919. by Ralph W Cram. Davenport, IA: Fidlar Y Chambers. Online at: Internet Archive
  • The Early Days of Rock Island and Davenport: the Narratives of J.W. Spencer and J.M.D. Burrows. 1942. By Milo Milton Quaife. Chicago, IL: The Lakeside Press, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, HathiTrust, Ancestry — index & images ($)
  • Scott County, Iowa History. 1942. Iowa Writers program. Davenport, IA: Work Projects Administration, State of Iowa. Online at: Ancestry — index & images ($)
  • Organization and Proceedings of the Pioneer Settlers' Association of Scott County, Iowa. 1858. By Pioneer Settlers' Association of Scott County, IA. Davenport, IA: Steam Power Press of the Daily Gazette. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Internet Archive.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

County and state maps, historical and more current, are valuable research tools. For online maps and collections in libraries and societies, see Iowa Maps. Historical maps may be especially useful.

Cedar CountyClinton CountyMuscatine CountyRock Island CountyIA SCOTT.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Civil War service men in Scott County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed here:

- 1st Regiment, Iowa Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company G
- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company C
- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company E, F, G, H, I, K, L, and M
- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B and C
- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company E and I
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company A, C, D, E, G, H, I and M
- 8th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
- 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 14th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
- 16th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B, E, F, and K
- 44th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company I and K

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Please see the Iowa Naturalization and Citizenship page for state-wide information.

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Iowa, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Iowa tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. Iowa's unique Old Age Assistance tax gives names, addresses and birth years. There may be gaps of several years. For more information, see the wiki page Iowa Taxation.

Online Tax Indexes and Records

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded by civil officials on registers, certificates, and other documents. Copies or extracts may be purchased from the Iowa Department of Public Health or the County Clerk's office. See also Iowa Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Scott County. For state-wide library facilities, see Iowa Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Scott County. For state-wide library facilities, see Iowa Archives and Libraries.

Scott County Library System
200 North Sixth Avenue
Eldridge, IA 52748

Davenport Library
Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center
321 N. Main Street
Davenport, IA 52801-1490

Museums[edit | edit source]

German American Heritage Center and Museum
712 W 2nd Street
Davenport, IA 52802

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Scott County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Iowa Societies.

Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 3132
Davenport, IA 52808

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Scott County at Cyndi's List - a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
  • Scott County at Genealogy Trails - volunteer transcriptions of genealogical and historical data
  • Scott County at Iowa USGenWeb - free online resources for genealogical research
  • Scott County at Iowa USGenWeb Archives - free online data for genealogical research
  • Scott County at Linkpendium - genealogy and family history
  • State Historical Society of Iowa — select from research collection topics
  • State Library of Iowa — electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies
  • The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection — digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library, access date:28 July 2021
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Scott, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Iowa."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library, access date:28 July 2021
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Scott County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Iowa, accessed 24 October 2019.