Welcome To Iowa Genealogical Society


We are here to help and guide you through your endeavors of looking for your family history. We can help as much or as little needed but to always be able to give you guidance. We offer educations features with local and international instructors. We have access many resources in the in and out of house.

Within our facility, we have Ancestry Library Addition and we are a FamilySearch Affiliate, We have thousands of local, state and international books and microfilm.


West Wing

The west wing has gone through a few changes.  New tables and chairs along with new carpeting, sound panels for better sound and matching cabinetry.  A big thanks to all those who have donated time and money.  Also a big thanks to Guide One Insurance and Ideal Floors for their helpful donations.

Spring Conference 2023

Saturday, April 15
2023 Spring Conference with Melissa Barker
Starting at 9:00 am
Iowa Genealogical Society is excited to announce this year's spring conference being held virtually using Zoom.
Member's cost $55.00
Non-Member's cost: $75.00
Limited in-person sitting will be available at the library.  Please contact IGS@iowagenealogy.org to check for availability.
We have added a lunch option for those who want to attend in person.
Welcome to the 2023 Spring Conference - Join us for a day of great genealogical learning with guest speaker, Melissa Barker, The Archive Lady.  Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager and Public Historian currently working at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives.  She is affectionally known as The Archive Lady to the genealogy community.  She lectures, teaches, and writes about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation.  She conducts virtual presentations across the United States and Canada for various genealogy groups and societies.  She writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archives and is a well-known genealogy and history book reviewer.  She has been a Professional Genealogist for 19 years with expertise in Tennessee records.  She has been researching her own family history for the past 33 years.

Your DNA Secrets Revealed

Join us at the Iowa PBS studios for a special DNA workshop entitled “Your DNA Secrets Revealed:  Discovering Your Family History Thru DNA” on Saturday, June 3, 2023 from 1:00-4:30 p.m.

At 1:00 p.m., Kathleen Brandt from a3Geneaology will headline the workshop.  DNA is a versatile tool used to solve our genealogical brickwalls.  As we address common DNA questions, this presentation will equip the researcher with tips, possibilities, and expectations of working with DNA as a genealogical tool.  

Kathleen has worked as a researcher and as a consultant for PBS’s fan-favorite series Finding Your Roots. 

At 2:30 p.m. Dennis Allen, Kevin Spire and Theresa Liewer from the Iowa Genealogical Society will host two sessions:

Session #1 is entitled “What to Test and Who to Test With”.  In this session you will learn more about the types of DNA tests available, the DNA testing companies on the market, and how to transfer your DNA data from one company to another. 
Session #2 is entitled “You’ve Tested, Now What?”.  In this session, you will discover more about ethnicity results, family matches, creating family trees, and DNA website comparisons. 
The information contained in this workshop is designed to have something for everyone.    

For a $72 donation to PBS, you will receive one admission ticket to this June 3 workshop.  For more information and sign up for this workshop, visit https://www.iowapbs.org/events.  

2023 Not Everything is Online!

For updated information and registration for any of these check Classes & Events, your newsletter, and eNews, or call (515) 276-0287.
In addition to the monthly Beginning Genealogy classes. IGS has other classes. Chief among them are our conferences.  Also check events to learn about the Spring Conference with The Archive Lady, Melissa Barker.  She will present on the topic of preserving your own family history as well as strategies for researching offline in libraries and archives. 
We are also hosting a number of Lunch & Learn presentations with librarians and archivists speaking about what resources they have to aid you in your family history research.  The speakers represent the State Historical Society of Iowa, Davenport Public Library, Iowa State University Library Special Collections & University Archives and more!

Grant Received

Thank you to the State Historical Society of Iowa for providing Historical Resource Development Program funding to the Iowa genealogical Society.
IGS is using the grand funds to purchase supplies for preserving records pertaining to the Pioneer Certificate program, and for processing and preserving information in our new manuscript collection.
Funding for the Historical Resource Development Program is made possible by an annual appropriation from 
the Iowa Legislature to the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program. The Iowa Department of 
Cultural Affairs receives 5% of that appropriation.

Genealogy 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.

Grant Received

Thank you to the Iowa Arts Council for providing Emergency Relief funding to the Iowa genealogical Society.