Spring Conference Success

We had a great Spring Conference with Paula Stuart-Warren. There were fabulous door prizes, including a year’s subscription to Ancestry.com, graciously donated by Paula, not to mention great information and just the friendship of people interested in genealogy. If you haven’t joined us for a conference before or it has been awhile, save the date—the IGS Annual Fall Conference will be October 9 & 10, 2015, at Toad Valley Country Club in Pleasant Hill, IA, (just east of Des Moines).   Our speaker will be John Philip Colletta. More details in the near future.

Jennifer Ewing

Executive Director

Iowa Genealogical Society

Homestead Act Program Cancelled


The Homestead Act presentation that was scheduled for Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1 to 3 p.m., at the IGS library has been canceled. The speaker has been in an accident and will not be able to speak.

Sorry for the last minute notice.

Homestead Act of 1862

FREE LAND was the cry!

Covered Wagon

Covered Wagon

With the promise of Free Land, the Homestead Act of 1862 enticed millions to cultivate the frontier. Families, immigrants, women, and freed slaves flooded 10 percent of the nation’s land to chase their American Dream. American Indian cultures and natural environments gave way to diverse settlement, agricultural success, and industrial advancement — building our nation and changing the land forever. Continue reading

Ancestry Special Interest Group

The meeting will be held at the IGS library on Sunday, February 8, 2015, at 1:30 pm. Discussion about and help for Ancestry.com

Announcing Ancestry SIG

Hear Ye, Hear Ye


Advance registration is recommended to make sure enough materials are available and also for contact in case of inclement weather. There is NO registration fee for this group.

African American Interest Group

February is African American month, join the African American Interest Group, Tuesday, February 3, 2015 @ 7 p.m. at IGS, 628 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA  and let us help you locate your ancestor(s) living in America from 1870 to 1940.

To research, bring with you the name, year and location of your ancestor(s).  We also invite you to become a member of the Iowa Genealogical Society.  Membership is $35 per year for an individual, $45 for a family. (people living in the same household).

Upcoming classes

Winter cabin pictureGot Cabin Fever? Join us Saturday, Jan. 17 for Beginning Genealogy (10:30 a.m., free) and Land Records (1:30 p.m. $5 for members, $10 non members). Call 515-276-0287 to preregister.