Class Schedule 2020

Class descriptions are at the end of the class table.

 Time Class Instructor Cost
Not scheduledat this time

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, 50309-1924. Phone 515 276-0287. Subject to change.

$5 for IGS members and $15 for non-members unless otherwise noted.

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

July 18th, Saturday

GPS Workshop

9:00-4:00pm        Instructor: Alice Hoyt Veen

$20 members/$30 non-members


Producing high-quality, reliable genealogies requires thoughtfulness and thoroughness during the research process. Testing our work against recognized standards helps us accomplish these goals. The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) is the application of fundamentally sound standards to the research process. Genealogical projects achieve a higher level of excellence, resulting in credible, source-cited work that stands the test of time.


9 A.M. – NOON

Introduction to the Genealogical Proof Standard: Steps to Success

This brief introduction examines the development of modern standards, their importance for all genealogists, and how anyone, at any level of experience, can effectively apply these common-sense concepts to their personal projects.

Research Plans, Research Logs, and “Reasonably Exhaustive Research”

Your genealogical journey is more satisfying and successful if you set out with a solid research plan, then track your progress in a research log. Learn to develop and use effective research plans and logs. We’ll work through a typical research problem, applying the concepts for “reasonably exhaustive research.”

Documentation & Citation: Keep Calm & Cite Your Sources!

Documenting and citing information sources are important steps for successful research, creating a “breadcrumb trail” for yourself and others to follow. Learn the basics including identify key elements for source documentation and how to construct standard source citations. Session includes practical examples and step-by-step practice.

NOON – 1 P.M. Lunch on your own. Alice will be available for one-on-one questions.

1 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Analyzing Sources, Information & Evidence

Careful evaluation of sources, information, and evidence leads to dependable answers to family questions. Learn to effectively analysis research findings for reliability, credibility, and relevance.

Correlating Evidence & Resolving Conflicts

Different sources may provide different answers (evidence) for the same question. It’s important to address significant conflicts. Explore tools and techniques for correlation: comparing and contrasting evidence found in sources; and investigate strategies for resolving evidence conflicts.

Written Conclusions: Share What You Know

Share your genealogical discoveries through source-cited written work. Learn the basics of recognized genealogical formats and numbering systems, including structures for lineages, pedigrees, and family history compilations.