Ancestry Library Edition

IGS has received a donation to add Ancestry Library Edition for patron use. It is now available on the patron computers.

Ancestry Library Edition iconAncestry Library Edition, the largest online family history resource available, provides unprecedented access to family history via documents that record the lineage of individuals from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more. It brings the world’s most popular consumer online family history resource to the IGS Library.

Has your research turned cold like the weather in Iowa? winter clipart iceWe have a great research team that can help you melt those brick wall and heat up your research again. Research fees are discounted for members. Check out our Research area ( for more information.

50th Anniversary Announcement

All during 2015 we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Iowa Genealogical Society. To commemorate our anniversary, throughout the year you’ll be treated to a roundup of events focused around the theme “Sharing Family History for 50 Years.”

One event that will be held during the months of February, May, June, August, November and December is a family history story contest. The different story categories for these months and the rules that apply are listed below.

As we embark on this 50th year celebration, we extend our deep appreciation and gratitude to our members past and present, our volunteers and our team members. We look forward to serving you and the community for the next 50 years.

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2014 IGS Fall Conference

What a great fall conference! Our speaker, Kathleen Brandt, presented information on Civil War Ancestors, Technology Toys for Genealogists (some people were making their Christmas Lists), Military Research, Leaping over Brickwalls, How We Were Freed, and Sharing Our Ancestors. Kathy Gourley presented information on Indian Tribes in Iowa and SAPIC also presented information on their organization.

Thank You

Thank You

Kathleen also shared her experiences of working on TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are” and PBS’s “Finding Your Roots”.

There was a lot of camaraderie and sharing of ideas and tips with all of the attendees. We also sold a lot of books (duplicates of those in our collection).

The conference could not happen without the help of all of the volunteers. A huge thank you goes out to everyone that helped in any way! Your generosity and gift of time is much appreciated.

Annual Conference 2014

Speaker, dates and registration for the Annual Conference were announced today.

Kathleen Brandt

Kathleen Brandt


Kathleen Brandt will be our main speaker. She has appeared on TLC and NBC: “Who Do You Think Your Are?” She is also a researcher on PBS: Finding Your Roots, and AARP and Jet Magazine. More info, topics and registration. It will be held October 10 & 11, 2014, at the St Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Johnston.

Library Cataloger Volunteer

The Iowa Genealogical Society needs a volunteer to place new catalog cards in the cabinet drawers.  This person needs to be detail oriented using the alphabet.  Training will be provided.  You may do this at your convenience during the library’s open hours.  Estimated time needed is about 4 hours per month.

Contact Jennifer Ewing @ or 515-276-0287

View library

You can now see our library. Go to the main menu: Library-Library Facility where you will find an image of the library. Click and drag your mouse to change the view.

For a view of the Woodland Cemetery Receiving Vault area in Des Moines click on the By Dennis Allen in the top right corner of the library image and select the second image.