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).  Take advantage of this free one time offer.  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).

Upcoming classes

Winter cabin pictureGot Cabin Fever? Join us Saturday, Jan. 17 for Beginning Genealogy (10:30 a.m., free) and Land Records (1:30 p.m. $5 for members, $10 non members). Call 515-276-0287 to preregister.

Ancestry Special Interest Group

Announcing Ancestry SIG

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

You are invited to the organizational meeting for the NEW Iowa Genealogical Special Interest Group. The meeting will be held at the IGS library on Sunday, January 11, 2015, at 1:30 pm. Discussion will include what is and what it is not. Discussion will also center on where and when to plan future meetings, the experience level of the group and what to include and prioritize in future meetings.

Advance registration is recommended to make sure enough materials are available and also for contact in case of inclement weather. There is NO registration fee for this group.

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.

Has your research turned cold like the weather in Iowa? winter clipart iceWe have a great research team that can help you melt those brick wall and heat up your research again. Research fees are discounted for members. Check out our Research area ( for more information.

2014 IGS Fall Conference

What a great fall conference! Our speaker, Kathleen Brandt, presented information on Civil War Ancestors, Technology Toys for Genealogists (some people were making their Christmas Lists), Military Research, Leaping over Brickwalls, How We Were Freed, and Sharing Our Ancestors. Kathy Gourley presented information on Indian Tribes in Iowa and SAPIC also presented information on their organization.

Thank You

Thank You

Kathleen also shared her experiences of working on TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are” and PBS’s “Finding Your Roots”.

There was a lot of camaraderie and sharing of ideas and tips with all of the attendees. We also sold a lot of books (duplicates of those in our collection).

The conference could not happen without the help of all of the volunteers. A huge thank you goes out to everyone that helped in any way! Your generosity and gift of time is much appreciated.