Library

Throughout the year the Iowa Genealogical Society is active in promoting family history, education, and the preservation of records vital in the search for your ancestors.  Take a moment to discover what we can offer you…

Extensive Research Facility

Library facility

Library Facility

Our state-of-the-art facility integrates technology with traditional research.  Library layout map. A bank of computers has high speed internet access.  A wireless network allows researchers to use their laptop computers or PDA’s to access the internet from anywhere in the facility.  A digital reader-printer gives the ability to scan microfilm images direct to CD-ROM.

The traditional resources within the library include our 20,000 volumes and 15,000 microforms covering the United States as well as many other countries.  These vital records, histories, federal and state census records, military records, and other information combined with our extensive family history collection provide you, the researcher, with an abundance of sources—many are one of a kind.

Help When You Need It

Our knowledgeable librarians and volunteers will help you get started.  Later, call on their years of experience when you need help with those brick walls.  This is help you won’t readily find on the internet.  Need assistance in a specific Iowa county?  Call on our network of local county chapters.  Unable to visit the library yourself?  We offer research services for a very reasonable hourly rate.  Let our experts do the work for you!

Take In A Conference

Genealogists thrive when they’re surrounded with others whose eyes don’t glaze over at the mention of census records!  Our Fall Annual Conference provide the  perfect opportunity to network with others, learn from nationally known speakers, shop our vendor area, and just plain have fun! The Spring Technology Conference theme is technology and how genealogists can use it.

Purchase a Publication

We publish over 2,000 soft cover books covering a wide variety of records compiled by our county chapters.  A catalog is available online or in print.

Peruse our Periodicals

Periodicals section

Periodicals

We publish a newsletter filled with IGS news, pictures, and interesting info.  Our journal, the Hawkeye Heritage, covers Iowa and other research topics in more depth.

Outreach Programs

Classes covering a variety of research topics, exhibits at a variety of venues, and our popular speakers bureau are all methods we use to educate the public and entice those hesitant beginners to start tracing their family tree.

Accentuate Your Ancestor

We offer three certificates suitable for framing to honor your early Iowa ancestor— the Statehood, for those in Iowa by 1846; the Pioneer, for those in Iowa by 1856; and the Century, for those whose ancestors settled in Iowa 100 years ago.  Certificate information is on file in the library and an index is online.

Special Interest Groups

We are very proud of our “specialists”- the German Interest Group, the Irish Interest Group, the African-American Interest Group, and the Norwegian Interest Group.  Legacy is our newest interest group. If you need specialized help in these areas, you are welcome to attend their meetings and talk to the experts!