Classes & Conferences

Class Schedule 2018


Feb 14, Wednesdaynoon - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Learn
Iowa Marriage RecordsTheresa 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$5 members
$15 non-members
Mar 17, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmIowa CensusAlice Hoyt Veen$5 members
$15 non-members
Apr 10, Tuesday6:00 pm - 8:00 pmBeginning GenealogyKevin SpireFREE
May 12, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmTwitter ClassTasha Jackson$5 members
$15 non-members
Jun 9, Saturday4:00 pm - midnightSlumber Party$20.00 includes pizza
Jun 16, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmOnline BooksLori Meyer & Theresa Liewer$5 members
$15 non-members
Jul 10, Tuesday6:00 pm - 8:00 pmBeginning GenealogyTheresa liewerFREE

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 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.


Iowa Marriage Records

Learn the types of marriage records in Iowa and where to find them.

Iowa’s State Censuses: Genealogical Jewels, 1:30 p.m.

From territorial days through 1925, Iowa has regularly counted her people. Of twenty-two authorized state censuses, fifteen survive for use today by family historians. Each of these genealogical jewels is unique, and when combined with federal census research provides perspectives not only for who our ancestors were, but how they lived and interacted with their communities. Content includes a census timeline, available counties, and information found in each census year. We’ll explore resources for accessing the Iowa census and how to understand and use what you find.


Online Newspapers

This class will describe the types of information genealogists will find useful in online  newspapers, where to find those newspapers, and how to access them.  Most of the class time will involve a demonstration of archival newspaper websites.


State Census Records: Genealogical Jewels, 10:30 a.m.

Thirty-seven states have enumerated their citizens in years separate from the federal census. These genealogical jewels fill the gaps between the 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.