Classes and Events

Class and Event Schedule 2015

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,  515 276-0287.

Descriptions follow the schedule. $5 for IGS members and $10 for non-members

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

Date
TimeClassInstructorCost
July 11, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmBeginning GenealogyTBDFree
July 11, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmRevolutionary War RecordsTBD$5 members
$10 non-members
Preregistration required
July 13, Monday6:30 pm - 8:30 pmDNAIGS Members Only
Bob Haskins
Free
IGS Members Only
July 18, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmGPS - class 2Alice Hoyt Veen & Linda Greethurst$35 members only for series.
Includes book. Class limited to 12.
Preregistration requiredrequired
Aug 1, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmHow to Start Writing Your Family HistoryDonna Anderson$5 members
$10 non-members
Aug 5, Wednesday12 noon - 1:00 pmProbate Records
Lunch & Learn
Theresa Liewer$5 members
$10 non-members
Aug 6, Thursday6:30 pm - 8:30 pmBeginning GenealogyJennifer BarsettiFree
Aug 10, Monday6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFamily Search Services
Members Only
Members Only
Free
Aug 15, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmGPS - class 3Alice Hoyt Veen & Linda Greethurst$35 members only for series.
Includes book. Class limited to 12.
Preregistration required
Aug 15, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmFederal Census$5 members
$10 non-members
Sep 1, Tuesdaynoon - 1:00 pmHeritage Quest
Mary Lohr$5 members
$10 non-members
Sep 5, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmBeginning GenealogyDonna AndersonFree
Sep 17, Thursday6:30 pm - 8:30 pmIowa Vital RecordsTheresa Liewer$5 members
$10 non-members
Sep 19, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmGPS - class 4Alice Hoyt Veen & Linda Greethurst$35 members only for series.
Includes book. Class limited to 12.
Preregistration required
Sep 19, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmNon-population SchedulesAlice Hoyt Veen$5 members
$10 non-members
Sep 21, Monday6:30 pm - 8:30 pmWidow Smith
Members Only
Jennifer EwingMembers Only
Free
Sep 26, Saturday10:00 am - 12 noonSociety Management WorkshopFree
Sep 26, Saturday4:00 pm - midnightLock InIGS Officers & Trainers/Speakers$tbd
Oct 3, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmBeginning GenealogyDonna AndersonFree
Oct 24, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmGPS - class 5Alice Hoyt Veen & Linda Greethurst$35 members only for series.
Includes book. Class limited to 12.
Preregistration required
Oct 24, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmIowa CensusAlice Hoyt Veen$5 members
$10 non-members
Nov 4, Wednesdaynoon - 1:00 pmNaturalization
Lunch & Learn
Theresa Liewer$5 members
$10 non-members
Lunch & Learn
Nov 7, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmBeginning GenealogyJennifer BarsettiFree
Nov 9, Monday6:30 pm - 8:30 pmRoundtableMembers Only
Free
Nov 21, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmGenealogy and the LawAlice Hoyt Veen$5 members
$10 non-members
Nov 21, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmBeginning Swedish ResearchDonna Anderson$5 members
$10 non-members
Dec 12, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmBeginning GenealogyTheresa LiewerFree
Dec 12, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmInternet GenealogyTheresa Liewer$5 members
$10 non-members
Dec 14, Monday6:30 pm - 8:30 pmOvers, Research Plans and Brick Wall BustingMembers Only
Free

 

Beginning Genealogy

Find out how easy it is to get started in this popular and fascinating pursuit.  Your family has a story to tell. Learn the basics to begin your journey of discovery for your family history project. Open to the public – FREE, preregistration is required.


 

Documentation and Source Citation

May 30, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

This class is a prerequisite for the full GPS series. Exceptions are made for participants who have completed the NGS Source Citation course or American Genealogy home study course; or Boston University’s Genealogical Research program. Open to anyone, attendees are not committed to participating in the full GPS series.

 


Genealogical Proof Standard I


IGS instructor Linda Greethurst teams up with Certified Genealogist Alice Hoyt Veen to present a series of five classes introducing the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) and how to apply it to genealogical research situations.
Goals: to help dedicated beginners understand and apply sound genealogical principles to their new projects and inspire them to reach higher in their goals; to provide experienced researchers with tools that take their projects to new levels of discovery, understanding, and excellence.
What is the GPS? Quite simply, it is a TOOL, comprised of fundamentally sound research STANDARDS, that can be applied to any genealogical question. The application PROCESS involves five basic STEPS. Completion of those five steps helps you reach a well-reasoned CONCLUSION about your research question.
Learn the basics for using this exciting, powerful tool:
Understand what is meant by a “reasonably exhaustive search.” Gain critical thinking skills in analyzing sources and learn basic source-citation requirements. Identify and resolve conflicting evidence through comparison and correlation techniques. Learn how to concisely and credibly share your conclusions with others.
Classroom instruction includes hands-on activities and application examples. Take home assignments will let participants apply what they’ve learned to their personal research. Classes will be challenging and thought-provoking but user-friendly: perfection is not expected.
Participants must have some genealogical research experience or have completed the IGS “Introduction to Genealogy” class. Participants registered for the full class series are requested to commit to attending every class.

 

Instructors: Linda Greethurst and Alice Hoyt Veen, CG

The 5-part GPS series is comprised of one 2-hour class per month beginning in June and running through October 2015. Sessions meet on Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., IGS meeting room:

June 20:               Introduction to the GPS                                                                                                                                                

                              Constructing a Research Plan and Conducting

                              Conducting a  “Reasonably-exhaustive Search”

July 18:                Analysis & Correlation

August 15:       Resolution of conflicting evidence

September 19: Writing a well-reasoned conclusion

October 17:      Final class wrap-up and sharing

Preregistration for Source Citation and the separate GPS class series is required.

Cost:

Documentation and Source Citation class: $5 IGS members/$10 non-members. Class size unlimited.

5-part GPS I class series: $35 IGS members only; includes book Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case, 4th ed., by Christine Rose. Class size limited to 12 participants.


 

Using Newspapers in Genealogy

(Lunch and Learn Series)

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


 

Using Facebook in Genealogy

 (Lunch and Learn Series)

Did you know that Facebook can be a useful addition to your genealogy toolbox? This class will demonstrate how using Facebook can help you in your genealogy research. Emphasis will be on common sense social media practices, navigation of Facebook, examples of Facebook genealogy groups and pages, as well as Facebook etiquette and best practices.