Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I start searching for my ancestors?

Visit www.scottcountylibrary.org/cemetery and click on Search the Index

2. How did you choose what cemeteries to index?

In the 1970s and 1980s a few enterprising Davenport women set out to preserve Scott County History by creating a comprehensive index to the rural cemeteries in Scott County. Originally published in two volumes by the Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society, the Scott County Cemetery printed volumes were only available for In Library use and were starting to show the wear of years. We input the hard work of the original transcribers so it is now available in an online database.

3. What about people buried in these cemeteries after the 1980s?

It is the Scott County Library System’s hope to liaise with cemetery associations and churches to get the records from the 1980s to the current day and either input them in the index or make them available in some other way. We are in the very beginning stages of making inquiries, so it could be several years before the data becomes available.

4. What about other cemeteries in Davenport, Bettendorf and LeClaire that were not part of the original index?

Depending on demand and resources available to us, we would love to expand the project down the road. At the moment though, no concrete plans are in place for this to happen.

5. Can I volunteer to help with the Scott County Cemetery project?

Yes, we are seeking detailed-oriented volunteers with adequate typing skills to assist us in proofreading the data already entered and hopefully to enter more current data as it becomes available. Volunteers would be trained by SCLS staff and would need to do the work from the Eldridge branch location. Contact Christine Barth cbarth@scottcountylibrary.org for more information.

6. Are there other resources I can use to research my ancestors?

Yes! The Scott County Library System subscribes to several genealogy databases and has compiled links to other great state and local resources. Visit www.scottcountylibrary.org/research/genealogy-history

Davenport Public Library’s Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center is also a wonderful resource for local history and genealogy. Call 563-326-7902 or visit www.davenportlibrary.com