Danish Workshop

Michele McNabb from the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn

will be holding a workshop at IGS starting at 10:30 a.m. on April 26, 2014. If you have Danish ancestors or German ancestors from Schleswig-Holstein this is something you won’t want to miss.

  • Were They Danish or German?–Danish Ancestors from Slesvig-HolsteIn
  • From Denmark to America: The Immigration Experience
  • Cyber Genealogy–Danish Style

Registration: IGS members $45.00 includes lunch. Non IGS members  $50.00 includes lunch. No refunds after April 20th. Continue reading

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week 4/16/14

The Iowa Genealogical Society is in need of several library assistants during the day and on

Flower bed

Flower bed

Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Training will be provided.  Shifts are usually four hours but can be flexible.  Society membership is required.

IGS is also looking for someone to maintain our flower bed for the 2014 growing season.  The bed is established and just need a little weeding and mulching.

Please contact Jennifer Ewing, 515-276-0287 or jgewing@gmail.com for more information.

2014 Spring Tech Conference

What a great conference!

Dennis Allen presented information on Tribal Pages,  MAC  versus PC, Gensmarts  and the inner workings of a computer.  Dennis Davies presented information on the Cloud and Linda Greethurst showed us how to pluck, place and plot using Animap.  A special thanks to Cris Nagla and others for providing afternoon treats.

The information provided was useful to any level of genealogical research skills; beginner to advanced.  We were shown ways to collaborate with others on our family trees and research, easy ways to share photos via the Cloud and useful utilities of Gensmarts and Animap which can make us more efficient in our research.

A BIG thank you to our presenters for volunteering their time and knowledge with us!

Midwest Genealogy Center Library road trip

Midwest Genealogy Center Library

Midwest Genealogy Center Library

The Iowa Genealogical Society is sponsoring a road trip to the Midwest Genealogy Center Library (MCG) in Kansas City.  The MGC is ranked as the best genealogy library and research center in our area and is also ranked among the best in the nation.  Many of our members have expressed an interest in going to this library. In response, IGS has put together this road trip. This trip affords our members and friends a great research opportunity and time together to get to know local people, like ourselves, with a strong interest in genealogy. Continue reading

Library Cataloger Volunteer

The Iowa Genealogical Society needs a volunteer to place new catalog cards in the cabinet drawers.  This person needs to be detail oriented using the alphabet.  Training will be provided.  You may do this at your convenience during the library’s open hours.  Estimated time needed is about 4 hours per month.

Contact Jennifer Ewing @ execdir@iowagenealogy.org or 515-276-0287

View library

You can now see our library. Go to the main menu: Library-Library Facility where you will find an image of the library. Click and drag your mouse to change the view.

For a view of the Woodland Cemetery Receiving Vault area in Des Moines click on the By Dennis Allen in the top right corner of the library image and select the second image.

Webster Co Gen Soc adds 1923 Ft Dodge Messenger Index

Once again Webster County Genealogical Society has added to their Ft Dodge Messenger Index series with the year 1923. It contains 145 pages and sells for $23.20.  It may also be ordered by mail or phone from IGS. It includes adoption, birth, anniversaries, death, family events, guardianship, homestead, illness, land records, marriages, naturalizations, divorce, military, and many other categories that are coded for easy finding.