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 @ execdir@iowagenealogy.org 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.

Webster Co Gen Soc adds 1923 Ft Dodge Messenger Index

Once again Webster County Genealogical Society has added to their Ft Dodge Messenger Index series with the year 1923. It contains 145 pages and sells for $23.20.  It may also be ordered by mail or phone from IGS. It includes adoption, birth, anniversaries, death, family events, guardianship, homestead, illness, land records, marriages, naturalizations, divorce, military, and many other categories that are coded for easy finding.

Genealogical Name Tag

Genealogical Name Tag

Want to impress your friends?

A Genealogy Name Tag from IGS is a unique conversation starter. Your genealogy at a glance that can be worn with any clothing. Black letters on a white plastic badge (2 1/8 x 3 3/8) with a pin clasp on the back. Font size appropriate for space on badge.