Summer Fun with Your Ancestors!

$10 for ages 16 and over

Summer Pass for 3 months of June, July, and August

Iowa Genealogical Society Research Library

628 E Grand Ave
Des Moines IA  50309-1924
515 276-0287


  • Free Beginning Classes
  • Resources for original 13 colonies & westward migration
  • Resources for all US States
  • Resources for international searches


We are a FamilySearch Affiliate Library

Sign up to attend Special Interest Groups library edition available to our patrons

Free off street parking in front of our building for IGS patrons only


  • Great hours: Open 6 days and 2 nights
  • Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 10 am to 4 pm
  • Tue & Thur 10 am to 9 pm

Bring your sack lunch to enjoy in our lunchroom or an easy walk to local restaurants

Iowa Vital Records

Iowa Vital Records

Saturday, July 17th at 1:30 p.m. Central Time

Iowa is blessed with great vital records.

We’ll walk you through their historical development, their contents, and where to access them.

You may find just the right clue in a birth. marriage or death record to help you over your brick wall.

Theresa Liewer will be teaching this online Zoom program.


Learn FamilySearch

Book coverWant to improve your use of IGS is offering monthly classes that follow the book: Unofficial Guide to How to Find Your Family History on the World’s Largest Free Genealogy Website Revised Edition. You may purchase the book on if you wish a copy for reference. It is not required for the class but is the foundation for the class. Each month a new chapter from the book will be taught/discussed. Continue reading

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.