May German Interest Group

German flag The German Interest Group will be meeting Monday, May 9th, at 6:30 pm at the Gold Star Museum to tour the museum. (Note:  free entrance, goodwill offerings accepted.  Spouses and friends invited to come as well.  MUST HAVE YOUR DRIVERS’ ID along to gain entrance to Camp Dodge.)

Coming to a Library Near You

IGS is taking a road trip around the state of Iowa this Bus imageSpring and Summer.  We are offering Free Beginning Genealogy Classes at libraries around the state.  Check below to see if we are coming to your town. Days and times are subject to change so check with your local library.

4/12/20164 p.m.Manning Public LibraryTheresa Liewer
4/17/20163 p.m.Garrett Memorial LibraryDennis Allen
4/21/20166 p.m.Urbandale Public LibraryTheresa Liewer
4/23/201610:30 a.m.Joice Public LibraryJennifer Ewing
4/23/20162:30 p.m.St. Ansgar Public LibraryJennifer Ewing
4/23/20161:00 p.m.Pioneer Heritage at the LeGrand Community CenterKevin Spire
4/24/20162:00 p.m.Titonka Public LibraryJennifer Ewing
4/26/20166:30 p.m.Norwalk Public LibraryKevin Spire
4/27/20162 p.m.Oskaloosa Public LibraryDennis Allen
4/30/201611 a.m.Chariton Public LibraryKevin Spire
4/30/20161:30 p.m.Ely Public LibraryTheresa Liewer
4/30/201610:00 am.mMarion Public LibraryTheresa Liewer
5/2/20166 p.m.Keokuk Public LibraryTheresa Liewer
5/3/20167 p.m.Des Moines County SocietyTheresa Liewer
5/5/20161:30 p.m.Clarence Public LibraryTheresa Liewer
5/14/201610 a.m.Marshalltown Public LibraryKevin Spire
5/14/20161:30 p.m.North Central Iowa SocietyTheresa Liewer
5/14/201610:15 a.m.Belmond Public LibraryTheresa Liewer
5/18/20166 p.m.Bondurant Public LibraryTheresa Liewer
5/21/20161:00 p.m.Winthrop Public LibraryKevin Spire
5/28/201611:00 a.m.LeClaire Community LibraryTheresa Liewer
6/11/20161:00 p.m.Wall Lake Public LibraryKevin Spire
6/26/20162:00 p.m. Oxford Public LibraryKevin Spire
9/19/2016am and pmJames Kennedy Public LibraryTheresa Liewer

50th Anniversary Book

Judy McClain, IGS Librarian, has compiled a wonderful history of the first 50 years of IGS. The book is available in PDF format or in four separate files as it is quite long. Click here to view this very special tribute to our first 50 years.

Webster Co 1925 Ft Dodge Messenger Index

Webster Co Gen Soc adds 1925 Ft Dodge Messenger Index


Once again Webster County Genealogical Society has added to their Ft Dodge Messenger Index series with the year 1925. It contains 181 pages and sells for $29.00.  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.

Conference Success

What a great Fall Conference! Our speaker, John Philip Colletta, shared a lot of information and wonderful stories. At our celebration banquet on Friday evening, the Simpson College Drama department, headed by Jennifer Nostrala, shared some of the stories that had been submitted for the 50th anniversary story contests. The anniversary quilt was won by Ron Hiemstra. A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers that helped make the conference a success! Continue reading

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.