About Us

Special Interest Groups
Social Media
Board of Directors
Board Minutes
Standing Committees
50th Anniversary Book

The Iowa Genealogical Society’s mission is to create and foster an interest in genealogy and to aid others in researching their family history.

The purpose of the Iowa Genealogical Society is to meet the educational needs of its members and the general public through the acquisition, preservation and dissemination of genealogical, historical and cultural information.

IGS was founded in 1965 by a small group of dedicated genealogists who met in members’ houses and carried the original collection in an orange crate. Today, our membership is worldwide and the book collection alone spans the length of over 5 football fields.

We are funded entirely by our membership. IGS receives no federal or state funds other than grants nor are we affiliated with or sponsored by any other group or religious organization. Our facility and collection exist due to the generosity of our members.

IGS is a 501 (c)3 non-profit corporation


628 E Grand Ave
Des Moines IA 50309-1924

Phone: 515-276-0287
Email: igs@iowagenealogy.org
FAX: 515-276-0287 ext 125


At the foot of the State Capitol in the historic East Village, we’re conveniently located across the street from the State Historical Library.


Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday
10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Administrative Assistant

Anthony Cupp    igs@iowagenealogy.org


Anthony Cupp

Assistant Librarians

Sue Claman

Special Interest Groups

Click on highlighted interest groups for more information about them.

African American Interest Group: Second Saturday of the month at 11 a.m.

Ancestry Interest Group: Second Sunday of the month at 1:00 p.m. Free Register in advance

Family Tree Maker Group: Second Sunday of the month at 3:00 p.m. Free Free Register in advance

DNA Interest Group: First Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Free Free Register in advance

Genealogy Basics Workshop Interest Group: Second Saturday of every month at 11:00 a.m. Free

German Interest Group Meeting: First Monday of every month at 7 p.m. Free.

Irish Interest Group Meeting: Third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Free Free Register in advance

Legacy Interest Group Meeting: Third Thursday of every month at 1 p.m. Free

Publishing & Preserving Family History: Fourth Sunday of every month at 1:30 p. m.

Norwegian Interest Group Meeting: Fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Free

RootsMagic: Second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. a.m. Free

Social Media

You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Board of Directors

The Society is a membership organization, governed by a Board of Directors that is composed of 16 Regional Representatives and 5 Officers that comprise the Executive Committee. To see the Regional Representatives counties click here.

President – term ends Oct 2022


Nancy Kirchner

1st Vice President – term ends Oct 2023

Lois Trinity

2nd Vice President – term ends Oct 2022

Michelle McClure


Secretary – term ends Oct 2022

Stacy Weaver

Treasurer – term ends Oct 2023

Sheri Snodgrass



Board Meeting dates
Conf Rm Saturdays at 10:00

Feb 12 2022
May 14 2022
Aug 13 2022
Nov 12 2022
Exec Committee Meeting dates.
Conf Rm at 10:00 July 14 2022
Regional Representatives

Region 1 – term ends Oct 2023



Region 2 – term ends Oct 2022

Verlaine Ockenfels

Region 3 – term ends Oct 2023

Pat Border

Region 4 – term ends Oct 2022

Judi Pohorsky

Region 5 – term ends Oct 2023



Region 6 – term ends Oct 2022

Jeanine Wichman

Region 7 – term ends Oct 2023

Alan Neve

Region 8 – term ends Oct 2022

Mo Wilkins


Region 9 – term ends Oct 2023

Deborah Barker


Region 10 – term ends Oct 2022

Saundra Leininger

Region 11 – term ends Oct 2023

Ron Gruber

Region 12 – term ends Oct 2022

Susan M Olson

Region 13 – term ends Oct 2023

Marjorie Brunsting

Region 14 – term ends Oct 2022

Linda & Mary Cae Madden

Region 15 – term ends Oct 2023

Mary Ealy

Region 16 – term ends Oct 2022




Board Minutes

Board Minutes list. These are abbreviated minutes without attachments. Full copies of the minutes and attachments for the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee are available for member inspection at the librarians desk at IGS during normal library hours. The Executive Committee carries out Board of Directors policies between Board meetings.

Standing Committees

  • Publicity Volunteer needed!
  • Finance: Sheri Snodgrass, Ch
  • Library: Volunteer needed!


50th Anniversary Book

As we embarked on our 50th year in 2015 we extended our deep appreciation and gratitude to our members past and present, our volunteers and our team members. We look forward to serving you and the community for the next 50 years.

Judy McClain, IGS Librarian, compiled a wonderful history of the first 50 years of IGS. View this very special tribute to our first 50 years or by sections for smaller downloads.

50th Anniversary Book

50th Anniversary Book in sections:

Pages 1 – 46, Pages 47 – 92, Pages 93 – 135 and Pages 136 – 178.