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.

        Fall Conference 2023

Save The Date
14 Oct 2023  
Iowa Genealogical Society Fall Conference
Kathleen Brandt of a3Genealogy
More to Come.

Get Your Summer Pass Today!

Try out these IGS member benefits for $10 this summer!
• Unlimited access to the IGS library
• Open Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat – 10am to 4pm • Tues and Thurs – 10am to 9pm
• Free Beginning Genealogy and Beginning DNA classes
• Private free off-street parking by our front door or in the free parking ramp adjacent to our building
• Purchase your pass below or stop by the IGS library and sign up in person
• Note: There is a $2.50 processing fee for online purchases

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.  

West Wing and Spring Conference

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.

It was nice to hear the ladies of DAR enjoyed the new west wing.  Letting us know the echo has been reduced tremendously, the visual appeal and comfort level was much better. So with a little more work, we will have an extremely nice room.  And it looks like the Spring Conference was a big hit.  Let's keep the momentum going.

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.