Street closing in am for October 3rd

On Saturday, Oct. 3, Race for the Cure event will cause the closure of E. Grand in front of the Iowa Genealogical Society. IGS parking lot will not be available until after 11 a.m.. Parking will be available at the ramp directly east of IGS. Access to this ramp will be available from Des Moines St., one block directly north of E Grand. We apologize for any inconvenience.

50th Anniversary Quilt

IGS 50th Anniversary Quilt

IGS 50th Anniversary Quilt

IGS will raffle this 50th Anniversary Quilt at the Annual Conference, 9 & 10 October, 2015. The “couch” quilt is made from 100% cotton with a cotton/poly batting and is machine washable. It is a 56 ½ by 70 ½ inch original design picture quilt with all 99 county names embroidered into the quilt. Drawing for the quilt will be at the end of the conference. You need not be present to win. Shipping is not included. Tickets are $2.00 each or 6 tickets for $10.00.

Fall Conference 2015

Finding Gold in Records

Celebrating 50 Years of Discovering Family Secrets

John Philip Colletta

John Philip Colletta

Featuring John Philip Colletta


John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining, he resides in Washington, D.C. For twenty years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked half-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives.


Today Dr. Colletta lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Boston University’s Certificate in Family History program.


Rooms are available at the Holiday Inn Express, 165 Adventureland Dr NW, Altoona IA 50009. Phone 515-967-1855 for $124 per night. YOU MUST CALL THE HOTEL DIRECTLY TO GET THE DISCOUNTED RATE.


Click here for more info: Fall Conference information on  9 & 10 Oct 2015, Friday and Saturday

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.