The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has posted a survey on its Facebook page seeking information about how people conduct research at SHSI. If you do research on Iowa history, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey and convey the importance of SHSI collections and research centers.
Congratulations to all of our participants in the Father’s Story contest. What a great way to share your family history! Read all of the stories.
Carol Campbell Elliot 1st Place
Judy Strike 2nd Place
Barb Hug 3rd Place
The entries for the next contest are due July 15. Share “The Teacher In Your Tree” with all of IGS.
The Mother’s Story contest prize winners and the other Mother’s stories are now available for reading.
“Father’s Story” entry deadline is May 15, 2015. Review the rules.
The 2015 Fall Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, 9 & 10 October, at the Toad Valley Golf & Events Center, 237 NE 80th St, Pleasant Hill, IA. This site is just south of the Southeast Polk Community School.
Our speaker is John Philip Colletta, author of They Came in Ships, 3rd ed., Only a Few Bones, and Finding Italian Roots, 2nd ed.
Check back for more information.
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.
Iowa Genealogical Society
IGS has received a donation to add Ancestry Library Edition for patron use. It is now available on the patron computers.
Ancestry Library Edition, the largest online family history resource available, provides unprecedented access to family history via documents that record the lineage of individuals from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more. It brings the world’s most popular consumer online family history resource to the IGS Library.
All during 2015 we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Iowa Genealogical Society. To commemorate our anniversary, throughout the year you’ll be treated to a roundup of events focused around the theme “Sharing Family History for 50 Years.”
One event that will be held during the months of February, May, June, August, November and December is a family history story contest. The different story categories for these months and the rules that apply are listed below.
As we embark on this 50th year celebration, we extend our deep appreciation and gratitude to our members past and present, our volunteers and our team members. We look forward to serving you and the community for the next 50 years.
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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.
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.
Want to impress your friends?
A Genealogy Name Tag from IGS is a unique conversation starter. Your genealogy at a glance that can be worn with any clothing. Black letters on a white plastic badge (2 1/8 x 3 3/8) with a pin clasp on the back. Font size appropriate for space on badge.