Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

The following groups specialize in personal research in their topic areas. They meet as a group, similar to genealogy clubs.

These groups are an excellent resource for additional help with your research and brick walls. Sessions are informal and educational.

AFRICAN AMERICAN INTEREST GROUP

Described by the group as a “Village Gathering,” the AAIG beginning in Aug meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the IGS Library. All those interested in tracing their African-American roots are welcome to attend.

For further information, contact: Judy McClain c/o the IGS Library.

BRITISH-WELSH and SCOTTISH INTEREST GROUP

Meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the IGS Library. Note – combined with the Scots/Scots-Irish Interest Group.

For further information, contact: IGS.

GERMAN INTEREST GROUP

The group meets on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the IGS library. Note change for Sept: Sept 8 at 7 pm.

628 East Grand Ave
Des Moines IA 50309-1924

Offers the opportunity to share knowledge of German research. You will find experienced researchers, translators and travelers with extensive personal knowledge of the various regions in Germany.

Learn more about the German Interest Group.

IRISH INTEREST GROUP

The Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the IGS library.

c/o Theresa Liewer
1607 NW Northwood Drive
Ankeny IA 50021-1090

Emphasis is placed on documenting the family in the United States to uncover the county of their Irish origins. Members are encouraged to bring their family research for group discussion and problem solving.

For further information, contact: the IGS Library

ITALIAN AMERICAN INTEREST GROUP

The group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the library. The group is designed for learning how to research in Italy, helping others in their search for ancestors, sharing: information, websites, and ideas of other and new resources.

For further information, contact: Kathy Foggia c/o the IGS Library

NORWEGIAN INTEREST GROUP

The group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month (except December) at 7:00 p.m. at the library. The group is designed for learning how to research in Norway, helping others in their search for ancestors, sharing: information, websites, and ideas of other and new resources.

For further information, contact: Linda Greethurst c/o the IGS Library