Classes & Conferences

Class Schedule 2018

Date
 Time Class Instructor Cost
Sep 8 & 9,
Saturday/Sunday
4:00 pm Saturday - 6:00 am SundaySlumber PartyTasha Jackson$20 Pizza included
Sep 13, Thursday6:00 pm - 7:30 pmBeginning GenealogyKevin SpireFree
Sep 15, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmStretching Your Genealogy DollarsMary Lohr$5 members
$15 non-members
Oct 22, Monday7:00 pm - 9:00 pmBeginning GenealogyTasha JacksonFree
Nov 12, Monday7:00 pm - 9:00 pmTreasures in the Vertical FilesTasha Jackson$5 members
$15 non-members

Unless otherwise noted: pre-registration is required so there will be an adequate number of handouts; all classes and events are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and are at the IGS Library, 628 E Grand Ave, Des Moines IA, 515 276-0287. Subject to change.

Descriptions are below the schedule. $5 for IGS members and $15 for non-members.

Lunch and Learn (L/L) – bring your lunch and learn something new at the same time.

 

Beginning Czech Research

We will talk about your Bohemian and Moravian ancestors, including discussion of how to find out what city or village your ancestors were from, and some perhaps little-known resources that can help you in your search

Beginning Genealogy

Your ancestors are waiting for you to find them…  Learn how to get started with a free class at the Iowa Genealogical Society located in Des Moines, IA.  Classes fill up quickly.  Contact us for more information and to get registered.

Getting to Know Computer Apps: Intro to Twitter for Genealogy

Learn how to use Twitter for genealogy, including how to set up an account, how to ‘follow’ other accounts, and how to use hashtags.

Getting to Know Computer Apps: Intro to Online Books

IGS has a wonderful library full of books but we don’t have them all. So how do you find those valuable books in far away repositories? We’ll work with websites where you can find scanned books and learn how to use their search features as well as how to save or print what you find. This includes Archive.org, Hathitrust.org, Google Books, and FamilySearch.org.

How to Use the Allen County Library

“Learn tips for a successful research trip to Ft. Wayne and procedures that can be used to plan a research trip to any facility.”

How to Use SHSI Website

Learn to navigate the State Historical Society of Iowa offerings within the website of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.  We’ll explore their vital records indexes and links, work with the online catalog to their research collection, find the list of what county records and newspapers they have on microfilm.

Iowa’s Ethnic Heritage 

Learn about the different ethnic groups that have come to Iowa over our nearly 200 year history of settlement, and find out which areas of the state they settled in. Why did they come here, and what did they find when they arrived? We will discuss what elements of their culture have been retained, and how the settling of these groups has impacted searches for local records.

Secret Ingredients for Genealogy Success: Facebook for Genealogy

Part of our ‘Secret Ingredients for Genealogy Success’ series, in this class you will learn how to use Facebook as part of your genealogy research, including different Facebook groups

Secret Ingredients for Genealogy Success: Pinterest for Genealogy

Part of our ‘Secret Ingredients for Genealogy Success’ series, in this class, you’ll learn how to use Pinterest to assist in your genealogy research

Secret Ingredients for Genealogy Success: Webinars

Part of our ‘Secret Ingredients for Genealogy Success’ series, in this class, you’ll learn how to use online webinars to assist in your genealogy research

Stretching Your Genealogy Dollars

We’ll talk about how to maximize your genealogical research with minimal financial outlay.  Topics include software (both genealogical and non-genealogical), research databases, educational resources and much more.