Classes & Conferences

Class Schedule 2018


Apr 10, Tuesday6:00 pm - 8:00 pmBeginning GenealogyKevin SpireFREE
Apr 28, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmGetting to Know Computer Apps
Google/Evernote/Snipping Tool
Kevin Spire
Lori Meyer
Dennis Davies
$5 members
$15 non-members
May 12, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmBeginning GenealogyFREE
May 12, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmTwitter for GenealogyTasha Jackson$5 members
$15 non-members
May 19, Saturday10:00 am - 4:00 pmOpen HouseFREE
Jun 9, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmBeginning GenealogyLori MeyerFREE
Jun 9, Saturday4:00 pm - 6:00 am
Slumber Party$20.00 includes pizza
Jun 16, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmOnline BooksTheresa Liewer$5 members
$15 non-members
Jul 10, Tuesday6:00 pm - 8:00 pmBeginning GenealogyTheresa LiewerFREE
Jul 14, SaturdayHow to Use the Allen County LibrarySue Claman$5 members
$15 non-members
Jul 21, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmIowa Ethnic HeritageTasha Jackson$5 members
$15 non-members
Jul 21, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmNaturalizationsTheresa Liewer$5 members
$15 non-members
Aug 4, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmBeginning GenealogyTheresa LiewerFREE
Aug 4, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmHow to Use SHSI WebsiteTheresa Liewer$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

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.