Classes and Events

Class and Event Schedule 2015

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,  515 276-0287.

Descriptions follow the schedule. $5 for IGS members and $10 for non-members

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

Date
TimeClassInstructorCost
Aug 1, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmHow to Start Writing Your Family HistoryDonna Anderson$5 members
$10 non-members
Aug 5, Wednesday12 noon - 1:00 pmProbate Records
Lunch & Learn
Theresa Liewer$5 members
$10 non-members
Aug 6, Thursday6:30 pm - 8:30 pmBeginning GenealogyJennifer BarsettiFree
Aug 10, Monday6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFamily Search Services
Members Only
Members Only
Free
Aug 15, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmGPS - class 3Alice Hoyt Veen & Linda Greethurst$35 members only for series.
Includes book. Class limited to 12.
Preregistration required
Aug 15, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmFederal Census: Pathway to the Past$5 members
$10 non-members
Sep 1, Tuesdaynoon - 1:00 pmHeritage Quest
Lunch & Learn
Mary Lohr$5 members
$10 non-members
Sep 5, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmBeginning GenealogyDonna AndersonFree
Sep 17, Thursday6:30 pm - 8:30 pmIowa Vital RecordsTheresa Liewer$5 members
$10 non-members
Sep 19, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmGPS - class 4Alice Hoyt Veen & Linda Greethurst$35 members only for series.
Includes book. Class limited to 12.
Preregistration required
Sep 19, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmSpecial Federal Schedules: Beyond PopulationAlice Hoyt Veen$5 members
$10 non-members
Sep 21, Monday6:30 pm - 8:30 pmWidow Smith
Members Only
Jennifer EwingMembers Only
Free
Sep 26, Saturday10:00 am - 12 noonSociety Management WorkshopIGS Officers & Trainers/SpeakersFree
Sep 26, Saturday4:00 pm - midnightLock InResearch until midnight$tbd
Oct 3, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmBeginning GenealogyDonna AndersonFree
Oct 24, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmGPS - class 5Alice Hoyt Veen & Linda Greethurst$35 members only for series.
Includes book. Class limited to 12.
Preregistration required
Oct 24, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmState Census Records: Genealogical JewelsAlice Hoyt Veen$5 members
$10 non-members
Nov 4, Wednesdaynoon - 1:00 pmNaturalization
Lunch & Learn
Theresa Liewer$5 members
$10 non-members
Nov 7, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmBeginning GenealogyJennifer BarsettiFree
Nov 9, Monday6:30 pm - 8:30 pmRoundtableMembers Only
Free
Nov 14, Saturday9:30 am - 4:30 pmSwedish DayKathy Meade from ArkivDigital$40 members or $50 non-members.
Lunch included
Nov 21, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmBecome a Legal Eagle! Law and GenealogyAlice Hoyt Veen$5 members
$10 non-members
Nov 21, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmBeginning Swedish ResearchDonna Anderson$5 members
$10 non-members
Dec 12, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmBeginning GenealogyTheresa LiewerFree
Dec 12, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmInternet GenealogyTheresa Liewer$5 members
$10 non-members
Dec 14, Monday6:30 pm - 8:30 pmDo Overs, Research Plans and Brick Wall BustingMembers Only
Free
Jan 1, 2016, Fridaynoon to 4:00 pmMembers only research dayMembers Only

 

Become a Legal Eagle! Law and Genealogy

21 November 2015 10:30 a.m.

What’s a relict? What does escheat mean? Why didn’t my great-grandmother inherit the farm when great-grandpa died? Understanding legal terminology and historical law is a necessary part of deciphering the records genealogists study and leads to a deeper understanding of our ancestors, their motivations and actions. This class introduces basic legal terminology and examines historical legal conventions. We’ll look at a few historical laws commonly encountered in genealogical research and identify resources for locating laws specific to your ancestor’s life and times. Preregistration required. Cost: $5 IGS members/$10 non-members.


 

Beginning Genealogy

Find out how easy it is to get started in this popular and fascinating pursuit.  Your family has a story to tell. Learn the basics to begin your journey of discovery for your family history project. Open to the public – FREE, preregistration is required.

 


 

Federal Census Records: Pathway to the Past

15 August 2015 1:30 p.m.

The federal government has numbered its people every ten years since 1790. Each census is unique, and dedicated family historians will want to collect every available year for their family. Learn more about how to access the federal census, explore the information requested in each census year, and understand how to evaluate what you find. Preregistration required. Cost: $5 IGS members/ $10 non-members.


 

Genealogical Proof Standard I


IGS instructor Linda Greethurst teams up with Certified Genealogist Alice Hoyt Veen to present a series of five classes introducing the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) and how to apply it to genealogical research situations.
Goals: to help dedicated beginners understand and apply sound genealogical principles to their new projects and inspire them to reach higher in their goals; to provide experienced researchers with tools that take their projects to new levels of discovery, understanding, and excellence.
What is the GPS? Quite simply, it is a TOOL, comprised of fundamentally sound research STANDARDS, that can be applied to any genealogical question. The application PROCESS involves five basic STEPS. Completion of those five steps helps you reach a well-reasoned CONCLUSION about your research question.
Learn the basics for using this exciting, powerful tool:
Understand what is meant by a “reasonably exhaustive search.” Gain critical thinking skills in analyzing sources and learn basic source-citation requirements. Identify and resolve conflicting evidence through comparison and correlation techniques. Learn how to concisely and credibly share your conclusions with others.
Classroom instruction includes hands-on activities and application examples. Take home assignments will let participants apply what they’ve learned to their personal research. Classes will be challenging and thought-provoking but user-friendly: perfection is not expected.
Participants must have some genealogical research experience or have completed the IGS “Introduction to Genealogy” class. Participants registered for the full class series are requested to commit to attending every class.

 

Instructors: Linda Greethurst and Alice Hoyt Veen, CG

The 5-part GPS series is comprised of one 2-hour class per month beginning in June and running through October 2015. Sessions meet on Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., IGS meeting room:

June 20:               Introduction to the GPS                                                                                                                                                

                              Constructing a Research Plan and Conducting

                              Conducting a  “Reasonably-exhaustive Search”

July 18:                Analysis & Correlation

August 15:       Resolution of conflicting evidence

September 19: Writing a well-reasoned conclusion

October 17:      Final class wrap-up and sharing

Preregistration for Source Citation and the separate GPS class series is required.

Cost:

Documentation and Source Citation class: $5 IGS members/$10 non-members. Class size unlimited.

5-part GPS I class series: $35 IGS members only; includes book Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case, 4th ed., by Christine Rose. Class size limited to 12 participants.


 

Getting Started on Writing Your Family History

1 August 2015 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Once you have your information how do you write into a family history. Hints, suggestions, examples of family histories.


 

Heritage Quest

1 September 2015 12 Noon  Lunch and Learn Series

Come and learn more about this free source available through many public libraries.

 


 

Iowa Vital Records

17 September 2015 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Learn when records for a given state began. What information they contain, where to find them & what is the state’s law about access.


 

Naturalizations

4 November 2015  12 Noon  Lunch and Learn Series

How did your ancestors become a “naturalized” citizen? Where can naturalization records be found?


 

Probate Records

5 August 2015 12 Noon  Lunch and Learn Series

Veterans schedules, mortality schedules, agricultural & industrial schedules, statistical schedules, and more! Explore the possibilities for your family in often-overlooked federal special schedules. Learn what’s available, how to access special schedules, and understand the significance of what you may discover. Preregistration required. Cost: $5 IGS members/$10 non-members.

 


 

Special Federal Schedules: Beyond Population

19 September 2015 1:30 p.m.

Veterans schedules, mortality schedules, agricultural & industrial schedules, statistical schedules, and more! Explore the possibilities for your family in often-overlooked federal special schedules. Learn what’s available, how to access special schedules, and understand the significance of what you may discover. Preregistration required. Cost: $5 IGS members/$10 non-members.


 

Swedish Day

14 November 2015 9:30 a.m. – presented by Kathy Meade from ArkivDigital

There will be three sessions:

Have Swedish Roots and Don’t Know How to get started?
Using Swedish Church Records—A Case Study
Swedish Records Online with Arkiv Digital

Kathy Meade has been assisting persons with their Swedish research for more than ten years. She is the North American representative for ArkivDigital. She has given many presentations on Swedish genealogy throughout the country as well as written genealogy articles for the Nordstjernan newspaper. Kathy serves on the advisory board for the Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago and volunteers at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library helping patrons with their Swedish research.

In Kathy’s previous life, she worked for more than 20 years in the information technology sector including six years in Sweden and Norway where she learned to read both Swedish and Norwegian. Kathy has a degree in History from the University of San Francisco.

Cost is $40 for members and includes lunch – non-members is $50.00 and includes lunch+


 

State Census Records: Genealogical Jewels

17 October 2015 1:30 p.m.

Thirty-seven states have enumerated their citizens in years separate from the federal census. Iowa has conducted sixteen statewide censuses and was included in several territorial counts. These genealogical jewels fill the gaps between federal decennial years and provide a wealth of information about your family. Learn which states have extant records, how to access these jewels and what information you might discover. Preregistration required. Cost: $5 IGS members/$10 non-members.