African American Interest Group

February is African American month, join the African American Interest Group, Tuesday, February 3, 2015 @ 7 p.m. at IGS, 628 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA  and let us help you locate your ancestor(s) living in America from 1870 to 1940.

To research, bring with you the name, year and location of your ancestor(s).  We also invite you to become a member of the Iowa Genealogical Society.  Membership is $35 per year for an individual, $45 for a family. (people living in the same household).

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

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.