Unlocking the Code

DNA imageHave you thought about adding DNA to your family history research toolbox?

DNA-Unlocking the Code, the IGS 2016 Spring Conference, is an opportunity to learn how to use DNA to aid in your research and how to decipher the results once you have done the testing.

DNA can help you discover your ethnicity and find distant relatives that may have information to help you break down those research brick walls.

There will be opportunities to receive assistance in interpreting your results. Join us for an informative and fun day.

For more information about the 9 April 2016 Spring Conference.

Martin Luther King DayWe will be open on Martin Luther King Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Great opportunity to use the library if you have the day off.

50th Anniversary Book

Judy McClain, IGS Librarian, has compiled a wonderful history of the first 50 years of IGS. The book is available in PDF format or in four separate files as it is quite long. Click here to view this very special tribute to our first 50 years.

Webster Co 1925 Ft Dodge Messenger Index

Webster Co Gen Soc adds 1925 Ft Dodge Messenger Index


Once again Webster County Genealogical Society has added to their Ft Dodge Messenger Index series with the year 1925. It contains 181 pages and sells for $29.00.  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.

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