About Us

The Iowa Genealogical Society’s mission is to create and foster an interest in genealogy and to aid others in researching their family history.

IGS was founded in 1965 by a small group of dedicated genealogists who met in members’ houses and carried the original collection in an orange crate. Today, our membership is worldwide and the book collection alone spans the length of over 5 football fields.

We are funded entirely by our membership. IGS receives no federal or state funds nor are we affiliated with or sponsored by any other group or religious organization. Our facility and collection exist due to the generosity of our members.

IGS is a 501 (c)3 non-profit corporation

Where to Find Us

628 E Grand Ave
Des Moines IA 50309-1924

Phone: 515-276-0287
Email: igs@iowagenealogy.org
FAX: 515-727-1824


At the foot of the State Capitol in the historic East Village, we’re conveniently located across the street from the State Historical Library.


Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday
10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.