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Programs 2014

June 2

Karold Yearnes

  • Photos and comments on a May-June 2013 genealogy trip to Germany, Poland, and Switzerland. It expanded my family’s knowledge of our background and it left some questions unanswered.

July 7

Linda Enghausen and Diane Green

  • They will lead a round-robin discussion on “Have you made out your genealogical will?” We will plan to follow up with a short “show and tell” round to let members tell us what they’ve found so far on their summer research trips.

August 4

David Bartholmy

  • Finding records from previous Prussia areas that are now considered Poland can be a challenge. David’s great-grandfather and 2nd gr-grandparents immigrated in 1873 to the Minnesota from Pomerania (Kreis Demmin) and he’s had success this year in finding his family.

September 8 TBA

October 6 TBA

Tammy Getting and Waukee High School German language students will discuss their class, last trip to Germany and more

November 3

Tom McGarvey on researching his Luxembourgh ancestors.

December 1

Annual Holiday party/potluck


GERMANS TO AMERICA Because of the many generous donations from German Interest Group members and others, IGS now has the complete set of Germans to America, consisting of 74 volumes.The Germans to America series lists passengers arriving at U.S. ports from 1840 through June 1897.

For a small fee, ALL OF WHICH WILL GO TOWARD ADDITIONAL GERMAN RESEARCH MATERIALS FOR THE LIBRARY, a German Interest Group member will look up your surname in the appropriate volume(s).

Include $10.00 for a search, any additional information which may help the researcher find the right person (especially the probable year of immigration and the names AND AGES of anyone likely to be traveling with your ancestor).

NOTE: Some resources added to the IGS Library through these services:

+++ Meyers   Orts-und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs, 3 volumes

+++ subscription to several German genealogical magazines


Address all requests and include a SASE to:
German Interest Group
628 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA  50309-1924 | 515-276-0287 | FAX: 515-727-1824 |
Send us an e-mail.
General information about the group. The German Interest Group (GIG) was formed about 1992 and meets on the first Monday evening of each month. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the Iowa Genealogical Society (IGS) library and have a freewill offering. (Meeting moves to second Monday if a holiday would conflict.) The December meeting is our traditional potluck with entertainment afterwards. Anyone interested in German research is welcome to attend, although regular attendees are requested to be Iowa Genealogical Society members. After a short business meeting there is usually a program, varying from helping each other with brick walls, members who have traveled to Germany, how to use books in the German section, internet tips, putting your history into book or scrapbook form, etc. For a small fee we offer research services using the Germans to America series.
IGS’s extensive collection of German resources is due to the efforts of this group. The GIG has held many conferences in the past and will continue to do one every three-four years. Several members have also given a “Searching for Your German Roots” class at IGS. The more we learn about good research tips, the more interesting our ancestors’ lives become.