This is your weekly E-news from IGS.
You will find details about upcoming classes and Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings.
Upcoming Events & Classes
Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. as the Iowa Genealogical Society and Iowa PBS come together for a special discussion about genealogy.

This event begins with a short preview of curated clips from episodes of the current season of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.  Following the clips, three members from the Iowa Genealogical Society (Kevin Spire, Theresa Liewer, and Tony Cupp) will join the conversation live to discuss how people can begin to access their own genealogy.

Learn about local resources and hear stories from those who have researched their genealogy.  Through this online shared media viewing platform, audience members can discuss their ancestry and ask questions during the live discussion.  For more information and register for this free virtual event, visit
  • Last chance!
  • Discover ways the Internet can support your family history research.  Begin with ways to prepare before conducting your research and move forward to identifying different categories of websites that are potentially useful to genealogists.   Discover how you can improve your research results and make progress with your efforts.
  • Saturday, February 19th at 1:30 p.m. CST
  • Instructor - Kevin Spire
  • Register in advance at
  • Have you always been curious about tech?  Join Nicole Anderson for the first Tech Talk discussion group.  We will focus on a different topic each month.  This month Nicole will discuss computer storage and backups.
  • Thursday, February 24th at 7:00 CST
  • We have decided only to offer this class remotely for the time being.  Zoom registration is at
IGS 2022 Spring Conference
Iowa Genealogical Society is pleased to announce registration for the 2022 Spring Conference!
  • Saturday, April 9th
  • Member's cost is $55.00
  • Non-Member's cost is $75.00
  • Lunch at IGS will be catered by In The Bag.  This is an optional add-on during registration.
  • In-person seating will be available at IGS from where Alice will be presenting.  This will also be streamed on Zoom.  Please contact to check for availability of seating.
  • Register here
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.

Norwegian SIG

  • Meets Tuesday, February 22nd at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • Contact Linda Greethurst at for details
Calendar of Events
Other items of interest
  • IGS is looking for volunteers for additional library attendants for Tuesday evenings and Saturdays.
  • We're planning another garage sale for April 28th-30th.  We need volunteers for set up and to run the sale.
  • Please reach out to Tony at if you are interested in volunteering for either of these.
  • 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
  • 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.
Reminder: IGS is closed when the Des Moines Public Schools are closed due to weather.
Our mailing address is:
628 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-1924

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