Davenport Iowa Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

Davenport Iowa Family History Center

The Davenport Family History was established in 1982. The Center services southeastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois around the Quad Cities. The Center has over 3,500 films and over 750 books on various genealogical topics and areas.

Record holdings include:

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

Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:


  • 4929 Wisconsin Ave Davenport IA 52806 United States
  • The entrance is located on the South side of the building.
  • There is a handicap ramp located at this entrance.


  • 1-563-386-7547


  • IA_Davenport@ldsmail.net

Open Hours:

  • Tuesday:10:00am-2:00pm
  • Wednesday:10:00am-8:00pm
  • Thursday:10:00am-2:00pm
  • Saturday:10:00am-2:00pm
  • Other hours by appointment only. Must be scheduled with the Director.
  • Before you drive long distances in inclement weather, please call ahead to see if we are open.

Holiday Schedule:

Closed New Years

Closed 4th of July

Closed Thanksgiving

Closed Christmas

2018 Workshops

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

Jan 13 Tips and Trick for FamilySearch.org
Feb 10 Belgium Research
Mar 10 DNA
Apr 14 No Class
May 12 Civilian Conservation Corp and Workers Progress Administration Records
Jun 9 Tying and Untying the Knot (Marriage and Divorce Records)
Jul 14 No Class
Aug 11 Scots and Irish Research
Sep 8 Newspapers and City Directories
Oct 13 Homestead, Land Lotteries and Land Rush Records
Nov 10 Why did Grandpa Move? (Migration)
Dec 8 No Class

Staff Training

2nd Tuesday at 6:30pm in the Family History Center.

Center Resources


  • FamilySearch Catalog: The FamilySearch Catalog is a list of all of the collections available for viewing or rental from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. (If the film is viewable online, it will be noted on the catalog with a link to the online film.)
  • Please see the Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog for instructions on how to use the Catalog.
  • Films may be ordered online. Each person will have to sign in and order the film with their credit information. Choose the Davenport Family History Center as the place the film is to be sent. Patrons will be notified when the film arrives.

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal This center has access to the Portal website which gives free access on the Family History Center's computers to many premium family history websites that generally require a subscription fee.
  • 19th Century British Library Newspapers - A fully searchable database of the 48 national and regional Victorian British newspapers from 1800-1900. It contains nearly 3 million pages and 40 million articles.
  • Alexander Street Press – The America Civil War
  1. The American Civil War Research Database - 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.
  2. Civil War 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.
  3. 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.
  • Ancestry Family History Library Edition – This site has 10+ billion records. U. S. federal and state census records, vital records, passenger lists, Canadian census, church, and vital records, UK census records, birth, marriage and death indexes, and other international records.
  • ArkivDigital Online – Swedish Church Records and much more
  • Find My Past – This site contains indexes for England and Wales, parish registers, death duty registers, passport applications, passenger lists leaving UK, 1841 through 1911, censuses, and military records.
  • Fold 3 – 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 - A family tree program.
  • My Heritage - Library Edition. A family tree program. Some searchable records.
  • Newspaper Archive- World's largest online newspaper archive, Features billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U. S. and the world. Full page and fully searchable.
  • Paper Trail – Index to Mormon and Oregon Trail Diaries.
  • Proquest Obituaries - Obituaries and death notices from US newspapers starting as early as 1851.

Hardware and Equipment

  • 9 computers with printers (internet connection for genealogical research only)
  • 7 film readers
  • 2 fiche readers
  • 1 film/fiche digital copier
  • copiers and printers
  • 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.

Center Services

Area Specialties



Schleswig-Holstein (both in Denmark & Germany)

Rock Island County, Illinois

Scott County, Iowa

Resources in the Local Area

Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society

Davenport Iowa Public Library

Rock Island Genealogical Society

Rock Island Historical Society

Rock Island Public Library

Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois - Swenson Center for Swedish Research


Scott County, Iowa Interment Records

Rock Island County, Illinois Interment Records

Illinois Public Records on-line at IRAD


Volunteer Staff at the Center

The Center is staffed by volunteers.

The staff will provide research helps and answer questions. Patrons must perform their own research.