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You will find details about upcoming classes and Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings.
Spring Conference Wrap-up
Thank you to everybody who attended the 2022 Spring Conference last weekend.  Special thanks go to Alice Hoyt Veen for her very informative presentations.  Congratulations to our door prize winners.  The winners are:
  • 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
Our Fall Conference is scheduled for October 7th and 8th.  We'll have Amber Oldenberg, and Diana Elder.  Looking forward to it!
Upcoming Events & Classes

Local Resources for Bridging the 1890 Census Gap

  • This presentation will concentrate on Iowa records and resources available for the 1870-1900 time period.  IGS’ “General Iowa Collection” will be brought to light, and the State Historical Society of Iowa’s research collection will also be discussed; what can be found at your local public library or museum will also be identified.   Information provided in the 1885 and 1895 Iowa State censuses will be formally examined.  Church records, “Old Man’s” draft registration cards, county histories, biographical collections, farm directories, atlases and plat maps will be introduced.  A topical outline will be provided to all attendees which will identify specific publications and where to find them.
  • Saturday, April 23rd at 1:30 pm Central time
  • Instructor - Denise Gripp
  • Register in advance at 

Beginning Genealogy - Free!

  • Did you start your family research but are stuck on where to look for information?  Did you resolve to renew your genealogical research?  Want some new ideas or to be reminded of good processes?  Join us for our free May Beginning Genealogy class to get some inspiration!
  • Saturday, May 7th at 1:30 p.m. Central Time
  • Instructor - Laurie Kolstead
  • Register in advance at
Special Interest Groups (SIG Meetings)
Special Interest Groups (SIG) are a membership benefit.  If you have joined one of our SIG meetings for a couple months, please become a member of IGS.

Irish Special Interest Group

Legacy Users Group

Calendar of Events
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.
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