Finding Gold in Records
Celebrating 50 Years of Discovering Family Secrets
John Philip Colletta
Featuring John Philip Colletta
John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining, he resides in Washington, D.C. For twenty years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked half-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives.
Today Dr. Colletta lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Boston University’s Certificate in Family History program.
Rooms are available at the Holiday Inn Express, 165 Adventureland Dr NW, Altoona IA 50009. Phone 515-967-1855 for $124 per night. YOU MUST CALL THE HOTEL DIRECTLY TO GET THE DISCOUNTED RATE.
Click here for more info: Fall Conference information on 9 & 10 Oct 2015, Friday and Saturday
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.