GPS class reminder

The GPS class will meet in the IGS West Wing with a topic of Research Plans, Thorough Research and Source Citations on Saturday, 25 Oct, at 10:30 am. Enter through the library. Bring all of your materials.

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.

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!

Cemetery Appreciation Month: May 2013

The State of Iowa Executive Department has issued the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, Iowas are aware of the need to preserve the rich heritage contained in Iowa’s Pioneer historical cemeteries, and

WHEREAS, this appreciation of their ancestors’ resting places, develops a sense of pride in their ancestors’ accomplishments and in their communities, and

WHEREAS, pride and respect for our pioneers leads to an interest in and concern for the future, it is with this thought in mind that we dedicate this month to the care of our Pioneer cemeteries:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, TERRY BRANSTAD, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF IOWA, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2013 as Cemetery Appreciation Month in Iowa.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have here unto subscribe my name and caused the Great Seal of the State of Iowa to be affixed.

Done at Des Moines this 8th day of April in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen,


Indexes tab added

index tab

A new indexes tab has been added to the main menu. Currently there are indexes for Ankeny area obituaries, Iowa Cemetery Locations and Camp Dodge records A – K. Check back for updates. Instructions for use are on the indexes page.

Catholic Records

Catholic Records

Sacramental records within the Roman Catholic church can have a wealth of information for your family.  This class will talk about the contents of the records and teach you how to locate the records themselves, original or online.  You’ll even get a “cheat sheet” of Latin terms to translate records not kept in English.

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

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

Held at IGS, 628 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa