Annual Conference 2014

Speaker, dates and registration for the Annual Conference were announced today.

Kathleen Brandt

Kathleen Brandt


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.

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.

Answers From the Past

See what you can learn from us!

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Open House 2014

Tour the library, visit with any of the 21 exhibitors, use the vast resources of our library for your Answers From the Past on June 21st from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm  .Exhibitors are: Scottish Heritage Society of Iowa, In Living Memory, African American Interest Group, Mayflower Society, Sons of Norway, Iowa History Center, German Interest Group, Irish Interest Group, Norwegian Interest Group, Colonial Dames 17th Century, Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium, Des Moines Historical Society, DAR Abigal Adams, DAR Jean Marie Cardinell, Children of the American Revolution, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Preservation Iowa, Warren County Historical Society, Warren County Genealogical Society, Sons of the American Revolution, and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Descriptions of the exhibitors.

Danish Workshop was helpful

Michele McNabb from the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, IA offered great information on researching your Danish ancestors.    She covered topics that included useful websites for Genealogical research , some in English and some in Danish, information on digitized Danish Records from the Danish State Archives and the Emigration Experience of our Danish Ancestors.    Continue reading

2014 Spring Tech Conference

What a great conference!

Dennis Allen presented information on Tribal Pages,  MAC  versus PC, Gensmarts  and the inner workings of a computer.  Dennis Davies presented information on the Cloud and Linda Greethurst showed us how to pluck, place and plot using Animap.  A special thanks to Cris Nagla and others for providing afternoon treats.

The information provided was useful to any level of genealogical research skills; beginner to advanced.  We were shown ways to collaborate with others on our family trees and research, easy ways to share photos via the Cloud and useful utilities of Gensmarts and Animap which can make us more efficient in our research.

A BIG thank you to our presenters for volunteering their time and knowledge with us!

Midwest Genealogy Center Library road trip

Midwest Genealogy Center Library

Midwest Genealogy Center Library

The Iowa Genealogical Society is sponsoring a road trip to the Midwest Genealogy Center Library (MCG) in Kansas City.  The MGC is ranked as the best genealogy library and research center in our area and is also ranked among the best in the nation.  Many of our members have expressed an interest in going to this library. In response, IGS has put together this road trip. This trip affords our members and friends a great research opportunity and time together to get to know local people, like ourselves, with a strong interest in genealogy. Continue reading

Danish Workshop

Michele McNabb from the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn

will be holding a workshop at IGS starting at 10:30 a.m. on April 26, 2014. If you have Danish ancestors or German ancestors from Schleswig-Holstein this

Michele C. McNABB

Michele C. McNABB

is something you won’t want to miss.

  • Were They Danish or German?–Danish Ancestors from Slesvig-HolsteIn
  • From Denmark to America: The Immigration Experience
  • Cyber Genealogy–Danish Style

Agenda and mail in Registration

Online Registration: IGS members $45.00 includes lunch. Non IGS members  $50.00 includes lunch. No refunds after April 20th. Continue reading