Holiday Hours

The State Historical Society of Iowa has announced special holiday hours in Des Moines and Iowa City. These changes are for these weeks ONLY. Questions? Call 515-281-5111.

Thanksgiving Week: Open Monday, 11/23, Tuesday, 11/24 and Wednesday, 11/25 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Closed Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Christmas Week: Open Tuesday, 12/22, Wednesday, 12/23, and Thursday, 12/24 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday.

New Years Week: Open Tuesday, 12/29, Wednesday, 12/30, and Thursday, 12/31 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday.


IGS will be closed, Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, 11/26 but will be open regular hours Friday and Saturday. We will be closing at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Thursday, 12/24, and will remain closed until Saturday, 1/2/2016. The library will be open for Members Only on New Years Day, 1/1/2016 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Conference Success

What a great Fall Conference! Our speaker, John Philip Colletta, shared a lot of information and wonderful stories. At our celebration banquet on Friday evening, the Simpson College Drama department, headed by Jennifer Nostrala, shared some of the stories that had been submitted for the 50th anniversary story contests. The anniversary quilt was won by Ron Hiemstra. A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers that helped make the conference a success! Continue reading

Ancestry Library Edition

IGS has received a donation to add Ancestry Library Edition for patron use. It is now available on the patron computers.

Ancestry Library Edition iconAncestry 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.

50th Anniversary Announcement

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.

Rules. Continue reading

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.

Genealogical Name Tag

Genealogical Name Tag

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.