Classes & Conferences

Class Schedule 2017 / 2018

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.

Dec 9, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmBeginning GenealogyDonna AndersonFREE
Jan 13, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmDanish ResearchJennifer Ewing$5 members
$15 non-members
Jan 24, Wednesdaynoon - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Learn
Iowa Journal of History and PoliticsTheresa Liewer$5 members
$15 non-members
Feb 17, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmBeginning GenealogyTheresa LiewerFREE
Feb 17, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmOnline NewspapersTheresa Liewer$5 members
$15 non-members
Mar 3, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmBeginning GenealogyTheresa LiewerFREE
Mar 17, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmState CensusAlice Hoyt Veen CGSM$5 members
$15 non-members


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.



Czech Research

Whether you’ve already begun your Czech research or are just starting, there’s always something new you can learn! Learn some tips and tricks we’ve discovered from FamilySearch, newspaper articles, the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI), and Facebook, just to name a few. Maybe there are a few resources you haven’t discovered yet!



Intermediate German Genealogy

“Taking A Second Step in German Genealogy”

So you think you have German heritage—what clues have you found to help you prove your link to German-speaking areas? Can you place your immigrant ancestor in both the U.S. and across the pond? Speakers will give tips to work on collecting knowledge of your immigrant ancestor, finding the place of origin, what useful books are on the IGS shelves and what to look for or stay away from on the internet.



Introduction to the Genealogical Proof Standard

Recommended, especially for beginners, but not required for GPS Course participation. Not sure the GPS course is right for you? This introduction to the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) looks at the development of modern genealogical standards, their importance for all genealogists, and provides an overview of the step-by-step research process. Discussion includes what to expect in the upcoming GPS Course. Open to all. Preregistration required.



Researching Federal Records

Federal records, preserved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), can provide new insights into your ancestor’s life experiences. What are the records and how are they accessed? Bring your lunch and learn with IGS! Preregistration required. .