Special Interest Groups
First, a quick announcement.  In light of the Spring Conference falling over this weekend, the Special Interest Group meetings that would normally happen on Saturday and Sunday are cancelled for the month.  The RootsMagic Users Group will meet as normal on Tuesday, April 12th at 7:00 Central.  Register in advance at
IGS 2022 Spring Conference
**Last Chance**

Iowa Genealogical Society is inviting one and all to register for the 2022 Spring Conference with guest speaker, Alice Hoyt Veen!  After a 2-year long pandemic, we are happy to open our doors for in-person attendence at our library from where Alice will be speaking.  A virtual option is available for those who cannot travel to Des Moines.

IGS is located at 628 E. Grand Ave. in Des Moines, IA.  The event is Saturday, April 9th at 9:00 a.m. Central Time.  Contact IGS to reserve your seat.  Those opting for virtual attendance can log in to the Zoom meeting starting at 8:30 a.m. Central Time.

The cost for this event is $75.  Members can register for a discounted price of $55.  Lunch will be provided as an optional add-on.  Just make your selection during registration.
Alice Hoyt Veen, a sixth-generation Iowan, has been a dedicated family historian for more than forty years.  She is a Board-certified genealogist, professional researcher, and genealogical educator.
 She believes family history success lies in truly understanding the records our ancestors created.  Alice has spoken at national, regional, and state conferences, and for numerous local organizations.  She is a past trustee for the BCG Education Fund, a charitable trust advancing the educational aims of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
Here is the list of sessions to help you decide.  The sessions will be presented in the following order.  
You can do it!  Write an engaging family narrative and meet genealogical standards for excellence.  Narrative genealogies demonstrate a line of descent and kinship across multiple generations.  Learn the structural components of organization and presentation.  Discussion includes decisions of project purpose and scope, genealogical numbering systems, and NGSQ and Register formats.  Your research results deserve the best presentation -- create a quality written work that stands the test of time.
America’s first line of defense has always been her citizen soldiers.  Whether through voluntary or compulsory service, colonies and states have trained and contributed troops for local and federal military conflicts, and they have rewarded their soldiers’ service.  Discover the wealth of state and local records that document your ancestor’s military experience.
From the Revolutionary War to 21st Century conflicts, federal military enlistments, draftees, and state volunteers have mobilized to defend the nation.  Federal military records not only document your ancestor’s service, 
they may contribute to solving genealogical puzzles.  Explore federal military records: where they are preserved, 
how to access them, and how to understand and use what you find.
Research identifies our ancestors by linking individuals to families and families to generations.  But to truly understand their lives we must discover and share their stories.  Explore tools and techniques for developing life stories and effective storytelling through “Fathers & Sons,” one family’s multi-generational experience of war, hardship, and the ultimate price of freedom.
Register in advance by visiting
Calendar of Events
We're having a garage sale at IGS April 28-30.  This is a great time for you to do some Spring cleaning around your house, and bring us your stuff.  We will accept donations of gently used household goods as soon as this Saturday.  No clothes.
Other Items of Interest
  • IGS is looking for submissions for the Hawkeye Heritage.
  • If you have a written any of the following, please consider submitting to to be considered as part of our Hawkeye Heritage publication.
    • A family history or sketch
    • Genealogical proof of a few pages or more
    • How-to articles
    • Transcribed records sets
  • IGS is looking for volunteers for additional library attendants for Saturdays.
  • IGS is also seeking anyone who might be interested in presenting classes.  You need not be located in Des Moines or even in Iowa!
  • Please reach out to Tony at if you are interested in volunteering.
  • Just a reminder that IGS is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library.
  • Affiliate libraries have enhanced access on-site to FamilySearch’s digital genealogical collections, providing access to some databases that would otherwise be accessible only through a FamilySearch family history center.
  • FamilySearch also provides its affiliates with the latest tools and tips for genealogy reference librarians.
  • To access the additional collection you need to be physically at IGS and utilize their computers or login to the FamilySearch website from your personal computer using IGS' Wi-Fi.
Our mailing address is:
628 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-1924

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