Skip to Main Content

Genealogical Research: Genealogy Basics

The genealogy collection in the Library emphasizes research in Scott County, Iowa as well as other Iowa counties. We also have resources on theSpecial Collections New England states and states on the migration routes used by those who settled in the Scott County area. The Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center proudly houses the 1700+ title collection of the Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society as well as the Richardson-Sloane Genealogical Library.

FamilySearch Affiliate Library


The Davenport Public Library is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, which means it has access to more genealogy resources to help make more family discoveries. There are only a few hundred affiliate libraries in the country. This designation means our local library community will now have greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources through FamilySearch. This popular web service has over 6 billion searchable names and 2 billion images of historical genealogical records, plus the helpful assistance of library staff.