Fall Conference 2015

Finding Gold in Records

Celebrating 50 Years of Discovering Family Secrets

John Philip Colletta

John Philip Colletta

Featuring John Philip Colletta


John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining, he resides in Washington, D.C. For twenty years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked half-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives.


Today Dr. Colletta lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Boston University’s Certificate in Family History program.


Rooms are available at the Holiday Inn Express, 165 Adventureland Dr NW, Altoona IA 50009. Phone 515-967-1855 for $124 per night. YOU MUST CALL THE HOTEL DIRECTLY TO GET THE DISCOUNTED RATE.


Click here for more info: Fall Conference information on  9 & 10 Oct 2015, Friday and Saturday

Spring Conference Success

We had a great Spring Conference with Paula Stuart-Warren. There were fabulous door prizes, including a year’s subscription to Ancestry.com, 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.