Classes & Conferences

Class Schedule 2018

Class descriptions are at the end of the table of classes.

 Time Class Instructor Cost
Oct 20, Saturday10:30 pm - 12:30 pmCemetery SymbolsKevin Spire$5 members
$15 non-members
Oct 20, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmMapping Your Family Through Death ChartsTony Cupp$5 members
$15 non-members
Oct 22, Monday7:00 pm - 9:00 pmBeginning GenealogyTasha JacksonFREE
Oct 25, Thursday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pmFamilySearch Open HouseTom Boelling &
Theresa Liewer
Nov 4, Sunday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmWorld War I 50th Anniversary Leo Landis & Tasha Jackson
Nov 10, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmBeginning GenealogyKevin SpireFREE
Nov 10, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmOnline Military RecordsTheresa Liewer$5 members
$15 non-members
Nov 12, Monday7:00 pm - 9:00 pmTreasures in the Vertical FilesTasha Jackson$5 members
$15 non-members
Nov 17, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmVital RecordsKevin Spire$5 members
$15 non-members
Nov 17, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmCensus RecordsTheresa Liewer$5 members
$15 non-members
Dec 13, Thursday6:30 pm - 9:30 pmBeginning GenealogyKevin SpireFREE
Dec 31, Monday - Jan 1, Tuesday4:00 pm - 06:00 amNew Year's Eve Slumber PartyTheresa Liewer
Tasha Jackson
Jan 12, Saturday
10:30 am - 12:30 pmColonial Massachusetts ResourcesTasha Jackson$5 members
$15 non-members
Jan 12, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmTwitter for GenealogyTasha Jackson$5 members
$15 non-members
Jan 19, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmBeginning GenealogyFREE
Mar 9, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmIrish ResearchTheresa Liewer$5 members
$15 non-members
Jun 29, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmBuckle Up and Cite Your SourcesAlice Hoyt Veen$5 members
$15 non-members
Jun 29, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmNew England Colonial ResearchAlice Hoyt Veen$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 Genealogy

*If you’re just starting out, aren’t sure where to start, or just need a little refresher, this class will start you on your way to genealogy success!

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.

Buckle Up and Cite Your Sources!

Keeping track of information sources contributes to the success of any family history project, and it’s not as difficult as you might think. Geared to beginners, this presentation seeks to de-mystify the process by addressing the basics of documenting and citing sources. Presentation includes simple, practical examples and hands-on, step-by-step practice.

Cemetery Symbols

Learn about the different symbols that appear on gravestones, and what they mean.

Census Records

Census records are the very basic building blocks for genealogical research.  Too often we fail to look at every census for our ancestors or ignore responses that have valuable clues.  We’ll explore federal and state census records – what they contain, where to find them online and at the library, and what search tips may help give you results when your family seems to be hiding.

FamilySearch Day

Learn about all the great things you can find while working with

Mapping Your Family Through Death Charts

Learn about how mapping your family through their causes of death can help you learn more about your ancestors.

New England Colonial Research

Many Iowans trace their origins to colonial New England: New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Providence Plantations, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Discover your colonial New England roots!  Discussion includes records and resources, both on and off the web, and strategies for a successful search.

New Years Slumber Party

$20 for both members and non-members – Late night pizza. Ring in the new year with IGS!

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.

Treasures in the Vertical Files

Is there something in our records that you’re missing out on? Come in and find out what our vertical files have to offer! We’ll talk about what is in the vertical files and how to use them in your genealogical research.

Vital Records

How to use viral (birth, death, marriage) records in your genealogical research.

World War I & Iowa: 100 Years Later

Iowa & The Great War: Somewhere In Iowa/Somewhere in France

A look at the service and experiences of Iowans during World War I at home and overseas.

Leo E. Landis is the State Curator for the State Historical Society of Iowa. He has his bachelor of science in History from Iowa State University and a master of arts in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University. He has completed all but his dissertation toward a Ph. D. in History from Iowa State University. His museum experience includes time at Living History Farms in Urbandale, Conner Prairie in Fishers, IN, and eight years as a curator at Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI. He also worked three years as curator and director of education at Salisbury House in Des Moines.