Classes & Conferences

Conferences

Spring, 8 Apr 2017    Back To Your Roots

Class Schedule 2017

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. 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.

Date
TimeClassInstructorCost
Apr 8/9, Friday/SaturdayAll day Spring ConferenceJay H Fonkert SMRegister at
http://iowagenealogy.org/?page_id=246
Apr 15, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pm Beginning GenealogyDonna AndersonFree
Apr 19, Wednesdaynoon - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Learn
FamiilySearch Wiki
Lunch and Learn
Jennife Ewing$5 members
$15 non-members
Apr 22, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pm Czech ResearchTasha Jackson &
Curt Jackson
$5 members
$15 non-members
Apr 22, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Prepare for a Trip to the CemeteryLinda Greethurst$5 members
$15 non-members
May 17, Wednesdaynoon - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Learn
Heritage QuestTheresa Liewer$5 members
$15 non-members
May 27, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pm Documentation and
Source Citation
Alice Hoyt Veen GC$5 members
$15 non-members
May 27, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Intro to the Genealogical
Proof Standard (GPS)
Linda Greethurst$5 members
$15 non-members
Jun 10, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pm Beginning GenealogyTheresa LiewerFREE
Jun 10, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Sanborn MapsTheresa Liewer$5 members
$15 non-members
Jun 17, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pm Documentation and
Source Citation
Alice Hoyt Veen GC$5 members
$15 non-members
Jun 19, Monday5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Beginning GenealogyJennifer EwingFREE
Jul 12, Wednesdaynoon - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Learn
DAR Website for
Genealogy
Jennifer Ewing$5 members
$15 non-members
Jul 15, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pm Beginning GenealogyTheresa LiewerFREE
Jul 15, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pm English Census, Vital Records & Church RecordsTheresa Liewer$5 members
$15 non-members
Aug 19, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmFacebookMary Lohr$5 members
$15 non-members
Sep 20, Wednesdaynoon - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Learn
Researching Federal RecordsAlice Hoyt Veen GC$5 members
$15 non-members

 

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.

 

Beginning Irish Genealogy

Learn about basic Irish records and an overview of Irish history to explain why some of the records you expect just aren’t there

 

Czech Research

Whether you’ve already begun your Czech research or are just starting, there’s always something new you can learn! Learn some tips and tricks we’ve discovered from FamilySearch, newspaper articles, the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI), and Facebook, just to name a few. Maybe there are a few resources you haven’t discovered yet!

 

Documentation and Source Citation

Prerequisite for the GPS Course. Keeping track of information sources is an important step in the research process, and it’s not as difficult as you might think. Learn the basics for documenting the sources you access and learn why documentation is necessary. Discussion includes the key elements of source documentation, how to construct a standard source citation, and basic, practical examples with step-by-step practice. Open to all.

 

Heritage Quest

Come and learn more about this free source available through many public libraries.

 

How to Write Your Family History

This workshop will guide you through a process that will help you plan your family story. The following topics will be discussed: Stop Procrastinating!, types of histories, scope and focus, style, tone and handling “family stories”, examples of family histories and stories, your plan for action.

 

Introduction to the Genealogical Proof Standard

Recommended, especially for beginners, but not required for GPS Course participation. Not sure the GPS course is right for you? This introduction to the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) looks at the development of modern genealogical standards, their importance for all genealogists, and provides an overview of the step-by-step research process. Discussion includes what to expect in the upcoming GPS Course. Open to all. Preregistration required.

 

Preparing to Go to a Cemetery – While You’re Still Alive!

This class will help you put together your “Cemetery Kit”. There is nothing more frustrating than to go on a road trip and discover essential “tools” have been left behind; or what you need is in the car which is parked on the other side of the cemetery; or the one day you have for cemetery work turns out to be cold, windy and threatening rain.

 

Researching Federal Records

Federal records, preserved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), can provide new insights into your ancestor’s life experiences. What are the records and how are they accessed? Bring your lunch and learn with IGS! Preregistration required. .

 

Resolving Conflicts in Evidence: Making the Case

Different sources often supply different answers to the same question. How do you determine which answer is correct? We’ll identify what is meant by “conflicting evidence,” discuss the various ways evidence may disagree, and explore strategies for resolving inconsistencies. We’ll also learn how to explain our “well-reasoned” conclusion.

 

Sanborn Maps

We’ll talk about the history of Sanborn maps and how to locate them online, including the collection of Iowa maps at the State Library of Iowa and other states available through the Library of Congress website.

 

Using FamilySearch.org

Learn tips and trick to finding more information with FamilySearch.org.  Join us at the Iowa Genealogical Society in Des Moines, IA.  Contact us for more information and to get registered.

 

Using Find A Grave

Learn how to get the most out of this free site. It’s more than just pictures of gravestones. Join us at the Iowa Genealogical Society in Des Moines, IA.  Contact us for more information and to get registered.

 

WorldCat

What is WorldCat and how do you access it? The best ways to use the information that you find on WorldCat for your genealogical research will be discussed.