Classes

Class Schedule 2020

Class descriptions are at the end of the class table.

Date
 Time Class Instructor Cost
Mar 7, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmBeginning GenealogyTasha JacksonFREE
Mar 7, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmWhich Software is Right for You?Tasha Jackson$5 Members
$15 Non-members
Mar 14, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmIrish ResearchTheresa Liewer$5 Members
$15 Non-members
Mar 14, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmDiscovering and Using Historical Newspapers to Enrich Your ResearchRenee Cue$5 Members
$15 Non-members
Apr 4, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmIowa's Ethnic HistoryTasha Jackson$5 Members
$15 Non-members
Apr 9, Thursday10:30 am - 12:30 pmBeginning GenealogyTheresa LiewerFREE
May 2, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmIowa Census RecordsTheresa Liewer$5 Members
$15 Non-members
May 2, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmBeginning GenealogyTheresa LiewerFREE
May 30, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmEverNote/OneNoteSheri Snodgrass$5 Members
$15 Non-members
Jun 6, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmBeginning GenealogyFREE
Jun 13, SaturdayFamilySearch
Jun 27, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmGenSmartsSheri Snodgrass$5 Members
$15 Non-members
Jul 18, Saturday9:00 am - 4:00 pmGPS WorkshopAlice Hoyt Veen, CG$20 Members
$30 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, 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.

March 7th, Saturday

Beginning Genealogy

10:30am-12:30pm        Instructor: Tasha Jackson
FREE

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!

 

March 7th, Saturday

Which Software is Right For You?

1:30pm-3:30pm        Instructor: Tasha Jackson

$5 members/$15 non-members

An expanded class on a topic previously referenced in a shorter session, this class examines the three major genealogy software programs out right now (Family Tree Maker 2019, Legacy, & RootsMagic) and discusses good points of each to determine which one will work best for your goals and preferences.

 

March 14th, Saturday

Irish Research

10:30am-12:30pm        Instructor: Theresa Liewer
$5 members/$15 non-members

Celebrate your Irish ancestry by finding out about your family’s origins. The emphasis will be on 19th century records with some detours into earlier times. We’ll talk about Irish history and it’s effect on your family and the records that survived. You’ll also get tips on where to look in American records for clues on where your family came from. We’ll explore Irish websites and send you home with lists of resources.

 

March 14th, Saturday

Discovering and Using Historical Newspapers to Enrich Your Research

1:30pm-3:30pm        Instructor: Renee Cue
$5 members/$15 non-members

Historical newspapers provide a unique insight into the culture of the times. They add context for a complete and interesting picture of your ancestors’ lives. In some instances, you may be able to break through your brick wall! Using live demonstrations and step-by-step instruction, Renee will share her process and organization using historical newspapers and texts as resources to identify and discover the rich stories about her ancestors and their families. Renee will go into detail about finding free newspaper sites, capturing articles, and attaching them in popular genealogy software. This is an expanded discussion with an opportunity for you to bring up questions. Attendees will receive a reference sheet with valuable resources.

 

April 4th, Saturday

Iowa’s Ethnic History

10:30am-12:30pm        Instructor: Tasha Jackson
$5 members/$15 non-members

An expansion of an earlier, shorter version at the 2019 Fall Conference – now with the pictures added back in! This class will examine many of the different ethnic groups that have settled in Iowa and where they made their homes, along with tips for tracking down ancestors from each group, factoring in their cultural differences in areas such as naming, record-keeping styles, and sense of community.

 

Apr 9th, Thursday

Beginning Genealogy

10:30am-12:30pm        Instructor: Theresa Liewer
FREE

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!

 

May 2nd, Saturday

Iowa Census Records

10:30am-12:30pm        Instructor: Theresa Liewer
$5 members/$15 non-members

The census records created by the State (and Territory) of Iowa are treasures, If you haven’t used them before, you have a treat in store. If you have used them, there’s a still a good chance that you’ve missed features buried in the various columns and schedules. Like how long has a family lived in Iowa or what is a person’s citizenship? You’ll learn where to find the records and get tips on searching them.

 

May 2nd, Saturday

Beginning Genealogy

1:30pm-3:30pm        Instructor: Theresa Liewer
FREE

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!

 

May 30th, Saturday

EverNote/OneNote

1:30pm-3:30pm        Instructor: Sheri Snodgrass
$5 members/$15 non-members

We’ve all heard about note taking apps – but which works best for genealogy? This class will compare the apps and discuss their use for your research.

 

Jun 6th, Saturday

Beginning Genealogy

10:30am-12:30pm        Instructor: Tasha Jackson
FREE

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!

 

Jun 13th, Saturday

FamilySearch

TBD

 

Jun 27th, Saturday

GenSmarts

1:30pm-3:30pm        Instructor: Sheri Snodgrass
$5 members/$15 non-members

Ever wanted some help finding the holes in your family tree? GenSmarts is an application that will inspect your tree and provide a list of the missing information and suggest locations for where to find that data.

 

July 18th, Saturday

GPS Workshop

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

$20 members/$30 non-members

GENEALOGICAL PROOF STANDARD FULL-DAY WORKSHOP

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.

SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY

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.