Genealogical Proof Standard

Orientation to a series of 5 classes on how to apply the Genealogical Proof Standard to genealogical research. This orientation will explain the series of classes, what to expect, what is required and the time line for the classes. Orientation is $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members. Cost for the 5-part series is $35.00, including textbook, and is for members only.

Members Only Sessions

These member only sessions are a new focus of IGS. They will use a round-table

Members only sign

Members only

format, with moderators starting the evening’s discussion and attendees joining in with their suggestions and experiences. The first session will be Monday, July 14 2014, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the IGS library.

Members come join us as we discuss various methods of organizing genealogical information. Preregistration is appreciated. Member walk-ins are welcomed.

Memberships are available at the door or online.

Wills & Probates

Wills & Probates

Ever wonder what all that paperwork in your ancestor’s probate record was about? Or what happened when there was no will?  Or what are dower rights or why wasn’t there a probate record but family members were signing “quit claim deeds”?  And where do you find the records anyway?  Mike O’Malley, a local attorney who specializes in estate planning, will explain the basics of probates and wills.  Theresa Liewer will show you how to locate Iowa records at the State Historical Library of Iowa and demonstrate the explosion of records being put online for many states.

Saturday, March 9, 2013 1:30 PM-3:30 PM – Michael O’Malley Esq. & Theresa Liewer  insts

Open to the public – $5 IGS members / $10 non-members.     515-276-0287   igs@iowagenealogy.org

IGS Library, 628 E Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa

State Historical Libraries

State Historical Libraries

A Library is a Library — Unless It’s a SPECIAL Library. Learn more about State Historical libraries and how they differ from the public and academic libraries you may be familiar with.

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM  – Shari Snelling, SHSI,  inst

Open to the public – $5 IGS members / $10 non-members.   515-276-0287   igs@iowagenealogy.org

IGS Library, 628 E Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa

Preparing for a Road Trip

Preparing for a Road Trip

What to do before you leave home, what to take with you and what to leave home.

Saturday, April 27, 2013, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM  – Linda Greethurst inst

Open to the public – $5 IGS members / $10 non-members.   515-276-0287   igs@iowagenealogy.org

IGS Library, 628 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa

Online Irish Research

Online Irish Research

Once you have a working knowledge of the basic Irish records, this class will take you to websites that actually have the record – from PRONI (Public Records Office of Northern Ireland) to the National Archives and National Library of Ireland to the County Heritage indexes to FamilySearch.  These are resources that ten years ago we could only dream about.

Saturday, March 16 2013, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM  – Theresa Liewer inst

Open to the public – $5 IGS members / $10 non-members.   515-276-0287   igs@iowagenealogy.org

IGS Library, 628 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa

Iowa Vital Records (Lunch and Learn)

Iowa Vital Records

Learn when records for a given state began. What info they contain, where to find them & what is the state’s law about access.

Monday, January 14, 2013 noon-1:00 PM Lunch and Learn – Theresa Liewer inst

Open to the public – $5 IGS members / $10 non-members.   515-276-0287   igs@iowagenealogy.org

IGS Library, 628 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa

Indiana, Ohio, Michigan Vital Records (Lunch and Learn)

Indiana, Ohio, Michigan Vital Records

Birth, marriage and death records are basic building blocks for family research. Every state has its own peculiarities when it comes to recording these events.  These classes will talk about when records for a given state began, what kind of information their records will contain, where to find the records, both original and online, and what is that state’s law about access.

Monday, April 22, 2013 noon-1:00 PM Lunch and Learn – Theresa Liewer inst

Open to the public – $5 IGS members / $10 non-members.   515-276-0287  igs@iowagenealogy.org

IGS Library, 628 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa

Indian War Records

Indian War Records

Indian Wars will focus on 18th through 20th century conflicts between Native American tribes, and between Native Americans and European and American hunters, traders, settlers and governments.  Focus will be on those conflicts that occurred in or had an impact on Iowa. Will provide information on sources and where they are located. Will try to identify key players and information on the locations of the conflicts, particularly if they are preserved as local, state or nationally recognized sites.

Saturday, June 8, 2013, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM  – Kerry McGrath inst

Open to the public – $5 IGS members / $10 non-members.  515-276-0287   igs@iowagenealogy.org

IGS Library, 628 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa