About Us

Location
Hours
Staff
Special Interest Groups
Social Media
Board of Directors
Board Minutes
Standing Committees
50th Anniversary Book

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

The purpose of the Iowa Genealogical Society is to meet the educational needs of its members and the general public through the acquisition, preservation and dissemination of genealogical, historical and cultural information.

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

Location

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.

Hours

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.

Staff

Executive Director

Jennifer Ewing    ExecDir@iowagenealogy.org

Administrative Assistant

Debra Chase    igs@iowagenealogy.org

Librarian

Debra Chase

Assistant Librarians

Sue Claman

Curt & Tasha Jackson

Karen Voss

Special Interest Groups

Click on highlighted interest groups for more information about them.

Ancestry Interest Group: Second Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. Free

DNA Interest Group: Two identical sessions First Tuesday of every month at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Attend at a convenient time. Free

English/Welsh and Scotts/Scott-Irish Interest Group Meeting: Second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. Free.

German Interest Group Meeting: First Monday of every month at 7 p.m. Free.

Irish Interest Group Meeting: Third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Free

Italian-American help: Fourth Tuesday of every month 5 – 9 pm. Free

Legacy Interest Group Meeting: Third Thursday of every month at 1 p.m. Free

Norwegian Interest Group Meeting: Fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Free

RootsMagic Interest Group: Fourth Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. Free

Social Media

You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Board of Directors

The Society is a membership organization, governed by a Board of Directors that is composed of 16 Regional Representatives and 5 Officers that comprise the Executive Committee. To see the Regional Representatives counties click here.

President – term ends Oct 2018

Kevin Spire

president@iowagenealogy.org

1st Vice President – term ends Oct 2017

Jennifer Barsetti
vp1@iowagenealogy.org


2nd Vice President – term ends Oct 2018

Tasha Jackson
vp2@iowagenealogy.org

Secretary – term ends Oct 2018

Maureen Wilkins
secretary@iowagenealogy.org

Treasurer – term ends Oct 2017

Carol Bowers
treasurer@iowagenealogy.org

 

 

Board Meeting dates 2017.
Conf Rm Saturdays at 10:30
Feb 11
May 13
Aug 12
Nov 11
Exec Committee Meeting dates 2017.
Conf Rm Thurdays at 10:30 unless otherwise noted.
Jan 14
Apr 1 at 1:00 pm
Jul 8
Oct 14
Regional Representatives

Region 1 – term ends Oct 2017

David Lamb

diggeroneztab@gmail.com

Region 2 – term ends Oct 2018

Harold Williamson

Region 3 – term ends Oct 2017

Pat Border
pat_border@hotmail.com

Region 4 – term ends Oct 2018

Curt Jackson

cjackson.genealogy@gmail.com

Region 5 – term ends Oct 2017

Judi Pohorshy

 

Region 6 – term ends Oct 2018

Alan Neve

geniekid@gmail.com

Region 7 – term ends Oct 2017

vacant

 

Region 8 – term ends Oct 2018

Jack & Fran Mauldin

prairiefm@yahoo.com

Region 9 – term ends Oct 2017

Deborah Barker

Region 10 – term ends Oct 2018

Saundra Leininger
saundra.leininger@gmail.com

Region 11 – term ends Oct 2017

Ron Gruber
rgruber@q.com

Region 12 – term ends Oct 2018

Martha Schmidt
mschmidt@goldfieldaccess.net

Region 13 – term ends Oct 2017

Virgil Karstens
vkarstens@yahoo.com

Region 14 – term ends Oct 2018

Linda & Mary Cae Madden
Lynjmd@longlines.com

Region 15 – term ends Oct 2017

Donna Kelly
ldke@iowatelecom.net

Region 16 – term ends Oct 2018

Carolyn DeLay

 

Board Minutes

Full copies of the minutes and attachments for the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee are available for member inspection at the librarians desk at IGS during normal library hours. The Executive Committee carries out Board of Directors policies between Board meetings. Board Minutes list.

 

Standing Committees

  • Publicity Volunteer needed!
  • Finance: Carol Bowers, Ch
  • LibraryVolunteer needed!

 

 

50th Anniversary Book

As we embarked on our 50th year in 2015 we extended our deep appreciation and gratitude to our members past and present, our volunteers and our team members. We look forward to serving you and the community for the next 50 years.

Judy McClain, IGS Librarian, compiled a wonderful history of the first 50 years of IGS. View this very special tribute to our first 50 years or by sections for smaller downloads.

50th Anniversary Book

50th Anniversary Book in sections:

Pages 1 – 46, Pages 47 – 92, Pages 93 – 135 and Pages 136 – 178.