African American Interest Group

February is African American month, join the African American Interest Group, Tuesday, February 3, 2015 @ 7 p.m. at IGS, 628 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA  and let us help you locate your ancestor(s) living in America from 1870 to 1940.

To research, bring with you the name, year and location of your ancestor(s).  We also invite you to become a member of the Iowa Genealogical Society.  Membership is $35 per year for an individual, $45 for a family. (people living in the same household).

Upcoming classes

Winter cabin pictureGot Cabin Fever? Join us Saturday, Jan. 17 for Beginning Genealogy (10:30 a.m., free) and Land Records (1:30 p.m. $5 for members, $10 non members). Call 515-276-0287 to preregister.

Ancestry Special Interest Group

Announcing Ancestry SIG

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

You are invited to the organizational meeting for the NEW Iowa Genealogical Special Interest Group. The meeting will be held at the IGS library on Sunday, January 11, 2015, at 1:30 pm. Discussion will include what is and what it is not. Discussion will also center on where and when to plan future meetings, the experience level of the group and what to include and prioritize in future meetings.

Advance registration is recommended to make sure enough materials are available and also for contact in case of inclement weather. There is NO registration fee for this group.

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.