German SIG

German Interest Group

German Flag

German Flag

Programs 2015

January 4   NOTE date change! Sunday


  • What’s your genealogical resolution this year? Or tell of a clue you found in an unexpected place.

February 2

Shirley Munier

  • Province of Saxony as it includes the area that today is Thűringen and the city of Eisenach. This is Shirley’s mother’s ancestral area and she has done research and traveled to this area.

March 2


  • We’ll borrow a page from the famous game show. How well do you know how to do basic German genealogical research? Come prepared for some fun and door prizes.

April 6

Marieta Grissom

  • Marieta was asked to write the Guide for Genealogical Research in Iowa and talked to some of the GIG members last spring. She will be presenting “Iowa: Land of Genealogical Opportunities.”


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.