German SIG

German Interest Group

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The group meets on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

628 E Grand Ave
Des Moines IA 50309-1924

Offers the opportunity to share knowledge of German research. You will find experienced researchers, translators and travelers with extensive personal knowledge of the various regions in Germany.

GIG Coordinator Diane Green

For more information on the German Interest Group, contact Diane Green at

Programs 2022

May 2nd  at 7:00 pm –  Zoom

TopicMike Schrader – Travelogue on our 2021 Trip

Facilitators:  Mike Schrader and his wife visited Germany in 2021.  He will talk about his plans, what he saw and who he visited while sightseeing in his ancestor’s area.


Jun 6th  at 7:00 pm –  Zoom

TopicShow ‘n Share Session

Tonight will be a “Show and Share” session.  Those attending are invited to bring a photo of an ancestor and tell what is known about the person and why they are interesting and important to you.  Also, share where you got your information and what supporting documents you have (bring one document if possible).  These brief personal “case studies” may inspire someone else to look for clues in new and interesting places!

Speakers:   all members


Jul 8th  or 15th

No meeting on July 4.  We’re looking to do a road trip to the Manning Hausbarn around July 8 or 15.


GERMANS TO AMERICA Because of the many generous donations from German Interest Group members and others, IGS now has the complete set of Germans to America, consisting of 74 volumes.The Germans to America series lists passengers arriving at U.S. ports from 1840 through June 1897. For a small fee, ALL OF WHICH WILL GO TOWARD ADDITIONAL GERMAN RESEARCH MATERIALS FOR THE LIBRARY, a German Interest Group member will look up your surname in the appropriate volume(s).Include $10.00 for a search, any additional information which may help the researcher find the right person (especially the probable year of immigration and the names AND AGES of anyone likely to be traveling with your ancestor).NOTE: Some resources added to the IGS Library through these services:+++ Meyers   Orts-und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs, 3 volumes+++ subscription to several German genealogical magazines


Address all requests and include a SASE to:
German Interest Group
628 E Grand Ave
Des Moines IA  50309-1924 | 515-276-0287 | FAX: 515-727-1824 |
Send us an e-mail.
General information about the group. The German Interest Group (GIG) was formed about 1992 and meets on the first Monday evening of each month. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the Iowa Genealogical Society (IGS) library and have a freewill offering. (Meeting moves to second Monday if a holiday would conflict.) The December meeting is our traditional potluck with entertainment afterwards. Anyone interested in German research is welcome to attend, although regular attendees are requested to be Iowa Genealogical Society members. After a short business meeting there is usually a program, varying from helping each other with brick walls, members who have traveled to Germany, how to use books in the German section, internet tips, putting your history into book or scrapbook form, etc. For a small fee we offer research services using the Germans to America series.
IGS’s extensive collection of German resources is due to the efforts of this group. The GIG has held many conferences in the past and will continue to do one every three-four years. Several members have also given a “Searching for Your German Roots” class at IGS. The more we learn about good research tips, the more interesting our ancestors’ lives become.