Genealogical Proof Standard

Orientation to a series of 5 classes on how to apply the Genealogical Proof Standard to genealogical research. This orientation will explain the series of classes, what to expect, what is required and the time line for the classes. Orientation is $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members. Cost for the 5-part series is $35.00, including textbook, and is for members only.

Annual Conference 2014

Speaker, dates and registration for the Annual Conference were announced today.

Kathleen Brandt

Kathleen Brandt


Kathleen Brandt will be our main speaker. She has appeared on TLC and NBC: “Who Do You Think Your Are?” She is also a researcher on PBS: Finding Your Roots, and AARP and Jet Magazine. More info, topics and registration. It will be held October 10 & 11, 2014, at the St Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Johnston.

Photo Touchup

Members Only

Members only sign

Members only

Come join us as our members discuss various programs and services available for maintaining and improving the quality of photographs. Monday, Aug 11, for members only.

Members Only Sessions

These member only sessions are a new focus of IGS. They will use a round-table

Members only sign

Members only

format, with moderators starting the evening’s discussion and attendees joining in with their suggestions and experiences. The first session will be Monday, July 14 2014, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the IGS library.

Members come join us as we discuss various methods of organizing genealogical information. Preregistration is appreciated. Member walk-ins are welcomed.

Memberships are available at the door or online.

Lock in this Saturday

Could you use 8 hours of research time to pursue that elusive ancestor? Join us for an anything but “slumber” party to make progress on your family tree.

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Lock in

Starts at 4 p.m. June 28th, this Saturday, and concludes Sunday morning at 12:00 a.m. A great way to conduct some concentrated research away from daily activities and distractions.

Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Cost: $20 per person includes pizza. Call IGS at 515-276-0287 to register.

Bring snacks to share.  Enjoy hours of uninterrupted research and make new friends, too.

Answers From the Past

See what you can learn from us!

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Open House 2014

Tour the library, visit with any of the 21 exhibitors, use the vast resources of our library for your Answers From the Past on June 21st from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm  .Exhibitors are: Scottish Heritage Society of Iowa, In Living Memory, African American Interest Group, Mayflower Society, Sons of Norway, Iowa History Center, German Interest Group, Irish Interest Group, Norwegian Interest Group, Colonial Dames 17th Century, Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium, Des Moines Historical Society, DAR Abigal Adams, DAR Jean Marie Cardinell, Children of the American Revolution, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Preservation Iowa, Warren County Historical Society, Warren County Genealogical Society, Sons of the American Revolution, and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Descriptions of the exhibitors.

Midwest Genealogy Center road trip

Welcome to the IGS Midwest Genealogy Center road trip!

We now have 42 people riding the bus to Kansas City and we will be meeting a few people at the library.

The information you need to participate in this excursion is on the IGS website for future reference.

If there are any further questions or concerns, there is contact information at the end of this letter.

It looks to be a great experience for everyone and I look forward to meeting all of you.



Rich Wolfe

Iowa Genealogical Society

1st Vice President – Education