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.

 

German Interest Group

Surnames came much later than first, or given, names. As genealogists, we know that often names were handed down from generation to generation. But did you know that certain given names may be specific to areas where German was spoken? And would you recognize the Americanized version of your ancestor’s given name? Come find out more at the June 1 meeting.

Nancy Drew presentation

On  Sunday, May 31 2015, the Iowa genealogical Society will present

Nancy Drew picture

Nancy Drew picture

Nancy Drew – Iowa’s Heroine to the World at the IGS library, 628 E Grand Ave at 1 pm. Barbara Lounsberry, a Humanities Iowa Speaker, will talk about Nancy Drew. Afterwards there will be an ice cream social for attendees.

For more information contact the Iowa Genealogical Society at igs@iowagenealogy.org or phone 515 276-0287

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 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

Homestead Act Program Cancelled

 

The Homestead Act presentation that was scheduled for Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1 to 3 p.m., at the IGS library has been canceled. The speaker has been in an accident and will not be able to speak.

Sorry for the last minute notice.

Date Changed

Announcing Ancestry SIG

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

The ancestry.com Interest Group will meet this Sunday, 3 May 2015, a week earlier than normal in the IGS Conference room at 1:30 pm.

Homestead Act of 1862

FREE LAND was the cry!

Covered Wagon

Covered Wagon

With the promise of Free Land, the Homestead Act of 1862 enticed millions to cultivate the frontier. Families, immigrants, women, and freed slaves flooded 10 percent of the nation’s land to chase their American Dream. American Indian cultures and natural environments gave way to diverse settlement, agricultural success, and industrial advancement — building our nation and changing the land forever. Continue reading