Genealogists gather for research at Davenport Library's Genealogy Night

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) Genealogist Tanya Williamson began researching her family tree when one of her ex-relatives did not know a side of the family.

"At the time I just had a baby," she explains. "There was no way I'm going to pass on the fact that I had no idea."

She sat down and began to research and years later became a part of the Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society.

On Sunday, she and several other researchers gathered to spend the evening in the Special Collections department at Davenport Public Library's Main Branch.

"We get to mingle you know, what are you searching for? What am I searching for?" Williamson says. "Maybe we can help each other out."

Special Collections Principal Clerk Cristina Amador-Perez spends most of her week assisting patrons with genealogical research.

"It's always fun when you're working on your own genealogy and you find something that you didn't expect," she says.

Most often Amador-Perez will learn something by assisting another genealogist.

"It's not things that I would have done for my own genealogy so I get to find information in ways I haven't tried before," Amador-Perez says.

Researchers spend time combing through index books and microfilm to explore more than just their own family trees.

Although Williamson acknowledges it's human nature to want to explore your past.

"It's that humanistic value of I need to know, I have to know if that's where I really came from or not," she believes.

To learn more about the Special Collections Department: head to the Davenport Public Library website.