clip art of sign FreeJun 25 – Beginning Genealogy IN PERSON ONLY

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Instructor: Michelle McClure

FREE to members and non-members alike

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.

Summer Pass

$10 ages 16 and over
Summer Pass for 3 months (June, July & August)
to the
Iowa Genealogical Society Research Library
628 E Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309-1924
Free Beginning Classes
Resources for original 13 colonies & westward migration
Resources for all US states
Resources for international searches
Great hours: open 6 days and 2 nights
Mon, Weds, Fri, Sat 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues & Thurs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Free off street parking in front of our building

Spring Conference Results

The 2022 IGS Spring Conference was a great success. Alice Hoyt Veen presentations on the military were well received. Door prizes were awarded to:

Lois Williams — Elements of Genealogy Analysis by Robert Charles Anderson

Judy Guinn — “Genealogy at a Glance” – Pennsylvania Genealogical Research by the late John Humphrey

Lora Phearman — Genealogy Standard by the Board of Certification of Genealogists

Catherine Bennett — Family Tree Maker

Carol Grant — The Female Frontier-A Comparative view of women on the Prairie and the plains by Glenda Riley

Renee Cue — “Genealogy at a Glance” – Pennsylvania Genealogical Research by the last John Humphrey

Elizabeth Fisher — Guide to Naturalization Records of the US by Christina K Schaefer

Thank you for signing up for the conference.

Nancy Kirchner

2022 Upcoming Events

2022 Take Your Research to the Next Level

For updated information and registration for any of these check Events, your newsletter, eNewsIGS website or call (515) 276-0287.

In addition to the monthly Beginning Genealogy classes. IGS has other classes. Also check events.

Historical newspapers provide a unique insight into the culture of the times.  They add context for a more complete and interesting picture of your ancestors’ lives.  In some instances, you may be able to break through your brick wall!  Using live demonstrations and step-by-step instruction, Renee Cue will share her process and organization using historical newspapers and texts as resources to identify and discover the rich stories about her ancestors and their families.  Renee will go into detail about finding newspaper sites (both free and paid), capturing articles, and attaching them in popular genealogy software.  This is an expanded discussion with an opportunity for you to bring up questions.  Attendees will receive a reference sheet with valuable resources.

The 1950 Census has been released without an index, have you found yourself?

Two new special interest groups, Beginning Genealogy and African American, and a new Mastering Genealogical Proof class are also be available.

For updated information and registration for any of these check Events, your newsletter, eNewsIGS website or call (515) 276-0287.

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.

Genealogical Name Tag

Genealogical Name Tag

Let others know your family

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.