Library closings

We will be closing at 4 p.m. on July 2, Thursday, for the Yankee Doodle Pops concert and we will be closed on Saturday, July 4, so that our staff can enjoy time with their families.


Father Stories Winners

Congratulations to all of our participants in the Father’s Story contest. What a great way to share your family history! Read all of the stories.

Carol Campbell Elliot 1st Place

Judy Strike   2nd Place

Barb Hug 3rd Place


The entries for the next contest are due July 15. Share “The Teacher In Your Tree” with all of IGS.


Fall Conference dates

The 2015 Fall Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, 9 & 10 October, at the Toad Valley Golf & Events Center, 237 NE 80th St, Pleasant Hill, IA. This site is just south of the Southeast Polk Community School.

Our speaker is John Philip Colletta, author of They Came in Ships, 3rd ed., Only a Few Bones, and Finding Italian Roots, 2nd ed.

Check back for more information.

Spring Conference Success

We had a great Spring Conference with Paula Stuart-Warren. There were fabulous door prizes, including a year’s subscription to, graciously donated by Paula, not to mention great information and just the friendship of people interested in genealogy. If you haven’t joined us for a conference before or it has been awhile, save the date—the IGS Annual Fall Conference will be October 9 & 10, 2015, at Toad Valley Country Club in Pleasant Hill, IA, (just east of Des Moines).   Our speaker will be John Philip Colletta. More details in the near future.

Jennifer Ewing

Executive Director

Iowa Genealogical Society

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.