Scott County, Iowa Genealogy

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

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Scott County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Scott County
Location in the state of Iowa
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Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded December 21, 1837
County Seat Davenport

County Courthouse

The Davenport Public Library has most of the courthouse records on microfilm.
The Davenport Iowa Family History Center has many local records on microfilm, also.


Parent County

1837--Scott County was created 21 December 1837 from Dubuque, Cook, and Muscatine Counties.
County seat:  Davenport [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places


Blue Grass







Le Claire

Long Grove



New Liberty

Panorama Park




Neighboring Counties

Cedar | Clinton | Muscatine | Rock Island County, Illinois



Cemetery records can be found at the Davenport Public Library and at the Davenport Iowa Family History Center.


Davenport Public Libary has put an index to the 1856, 1885, and 1925 Census for Scott County on the Internet. As of 29 April 2010, the 1925 index is still in data entry, and there are a stack of books several inches tall yet to be entered. If you'd like to help, contact Janet Greenlee of the the Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society (j dot .greenlee at hotmail dot com).


Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Iowa Church Records.

  • Records of the Zion Lutheran Church, Davenport, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).


The Davenport Public Library has most of the local records on microfilm.

The Davenport Iowa Family History Center has many local records on microfilm, also.


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

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

Local Histories 

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



==== Newspapers ==== Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Scott County, Iowa Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

The Davenport Public Library has the Davenport Daily Gazette on line, by clicking on Local databases.


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.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Iowa - Scott - Probate records.

The Davenport Public Library has most of the local records on microfilm.


Iowa tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Tax lists were usually made every year, however, there may be gaps of several years. For more information, see the wiki page Iowa Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Iowa Department of Public Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also How to order Iowa Vital Records or order electronically online.

The Davenport Public Library has placed the Scott County Marriage Certificates: Index, pre 1836-c1925 on the internet.


Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).