Free Day at Library

FreeIGS will be hosting a free day for non members on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
If you are not a member, this is a great opportunity to visit IGS and see what we have to offer. We will have extra volunteers to assist you in pursuing those elusive family members.

Coming to a Library Near You

IGS is taking a road trip around the state of Iowa this Bus imageSpring and Summer.  We are offering Free Beginning Genealogy Classes at libraries around the state.  Check below to see if we are coming to your town. Days and times are subject to change so check with your local library.

5/28/201611:00 a.m.LeClaire Community LibraryTheresa Liewer
6/11/20161:00 p.m.Wall Lake Public LibraryKevin Spire
6/26/20162:00 p.m. Oxford Public LibraryKevin Spire
9/19/2016am and pmJames Kennedy Public LibraryTheresa Liewer

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

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.

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.