A Texas Killing Field: Cold Cases, DNA & Genetic GenealogyPolice and FBI have been searching for decades to solve the murders of four women. They appear to have had little in common except that the lives of these four women ended in the same place—a rural field in League City, Texas, halfway between Houston and Galveston. Two of the women found in the remote area off Interstate 45 were unidentified when their bodies were discovered in 1986 and 1991 so they were given the names, Jane and Janet Doe. At the time, this field in League City was a desolate location accessible only by dirt roads. The League City Police Department made numerous efforts to identify the two unknown victims. During 2018, detectives from LCPD had taken a different approach through the use of DNA Genealogy utilizing DNA profiles from Jane Doe and Janet Doe. Needing help to navigate this relatively new investigative technique, LCPD sought the assistance of local experts in the field of genealogy. In January 2019, Nick Cimino, President of the Texas Bay Area Genealogical Society, was contacted by an officer from LCPD asking for his help with genetic genealogy. Two police officers came to the Cimino residence and explained the case. Intrigued by the mystery, Nick volunteered to teach the detectives about genetic genealogy. He agreed to review the family trees that were being built and determine if they were trending in the right direction. Was the search for the identity of Jane and Janet Doe successful? Find out more by attending this presentation.
Saturday, August 27th 1:30 p.m. Central time
$8.00 for members    $18.00 for non-members
This class will be taught online only via Zoom.  Register in advance at https://igs.regfox.com/a-texas-killing-field

Garage Sale in September


Our members are so generous in giving that we are planning another garage and book sale! Septembers 2nd & 3rd.

Drop off your items at IGS between August 15th-26th.  No clothing/shoes.
Volunteers are needed for set-up August 24th – August 31st

Hours of sale

Friday, September 2nd 8:00 to 5:00
Saturday, September 3rd 8:00 to 2:00

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.