Hear Ye, Hear Ye
You are invited to the organizational meeting for the NEW Iowa Genealogical Ancestry.com Special Interest Group. The meeting will be held at the IGS library on Sunday, January 11, 2015, at 1:30 pm. Discussion will include what Ancestry.com is and what it is not. Discussion will also center on where and when to plan future meetings, the experience level of the group and what to include and prioritize in future meetings.
Advance registration is recommended to make sure enough materials are available and also for contact in case of inclement weather. There is NO registration fee for this group.
The German Interest Group has changed the date for the January 2015 meeting to Sunday, January 4, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the IGS library. The 1st quarter schedule is on the German Interest Group page.
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.
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Has your research turned cold like the weather in Iowa? We have a great research team that can help you melt those brick wall and heat up your research again. Research fees are discounted for members. Check out our Research area (http://iowagenealogy.org/?page_id=51) for more information.
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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What a great fall conference! Our speaker, Kathleen Brandt, presented information on Civil War Ancestors, Technology Toys for Genealogists (some people were making their Christmas Lists), Military Research, Leaping over Brickwalls, How We Were Freed, and Sharing Our Ancestors. Kathy Gourley presented information on Indian Tribes in Iowa and SAPIC also presented information on their organization.
Kathleen also shared her experiences of working on TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are” and PBS’s “Finding Your Roots”.
There was a lot of camaraderie and sharing of ideas and tips with all of the attendees. We also sold a lot of books (duplicates of those in our collection).
The conference could not happen without the help of all of the volunteers. A huge thank you goes out to everyone that helped in any way! Your generosity and gift of time is much appreciated.
The State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries (SAPIC) will present a panel discussion of the history, present activities of SAPIC and an overview of sections of the Code of Iowa that deal with laws pertaining to pioneer cemeteries at the IGS Annual Conference, Oct 10 and 11. Register for the conference.
Speaker, dates and registration for the Annual Conference were announced today.
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.