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Upcoming Events & Classes

Local Resources for Bridging the 1890 Census Gap

  • Last Chance!!!
  • 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
  • This class will highlight some lesser known genealogical databases and collections. Including brief overviews of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI),  Journal Storage (JSTOR), National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) and online digital collections (libraries and Museums). 
  • Saturday, May 21st at 1:30 p.m.  Central Time
  • Instructor - Stacy Weaver
  • Register in advance at


Reminder IGS Garage/Book Sale
Thursday, April 28th 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
     Friday, April 29th 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
 Saturday, April 30th 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

IGS is accepting donations of household items* to sell.  Please have all items delivered to IGS no later than Tuesday, April 26th.
*Housewares, games, puzzles, pictures, small furniture, books, crafts, holiday decorations.  No clothing or large appliances.
YOU ARE INVITED to the Full Board meeting on Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 a.m. in the West Wing here at IGS. We are excited for this opportunity to gather and socialize as well as to inform everyone about the latest happenings here at IGS. This invitation is going out not only to our Full Board members, but also to committee members, special interest group leaders, and any member that would like to attend.  The library will be open on Sunday for those who would like to do research since you are here in Des Moines. We sincerely hope you will join us.

Please use the parking garage so we leave our lot open for anyone wanting to do research and for the African-American Special Interest Group that will be meeting that morning. We will start at 10:00 with reports from the Executive Committee. At 11:00 have the Regional Representative give their reports. Break for lunch at 12:00. Then at 1:00 have reports from the various committees. Finally, we will do a Regional Representative education and review where we want to talk about duties and issues that you may be having.

Please register by May 11th so we know how many to expect for lunch.  Click to RSVP.
    IGS is sponsoring a road trip to the Midwest Genealogy Center library (MCG) in Kansas City.  The MGC is ranked as the best genealogy library and research center in our area and is also ranked among the best in the nation.  Many of our members have expressed an interest in going to this library, so IGS is putting together this road trip in response. Not only does this trip afford our members and friends a great research opportunity, but it affords us all time together to get to know local people, like ourselves, with a strong interest in genealogy.

    The MGC will have extra volunteers on these days ready to assist our travelers as they use MGC resources to search for family information. 

    The date for this road trip is Monday, June 20 through Tuesday, June 21, 2022.  Our transportation will leave from the IGS library on Monday morning and return us late on Tuesday evening.

Tentative Schedule:
              7:30 a.m. -        Leave on our Charter bus.
            10:45 a.m. -        Arrive at Midwest Genealogy Center.
            12:00 noon -      Break for lunch at the library (included in cost of the trip).
              1:00 p.m.          Start researching your family tree with help of MGC volunteers.
            5:50 p.m. -         Dinner will be catered at the library. (included in cost of the trip).
            9:00 p.m. -         MGC closes and we go to our hotel.                                                            
            6:30 – 8:30 a.m.     Breakfast at the hotel (included with your room) and pack
            9:00 a.m.           Return to Midwest Genealogy Center
            12:00 p.m.         Lunch will be at the library (included in cost of the trip).
            1:00 p.m.           Finish up your research
            4:30 p.m.           Load buses for return to Des Moines
            5:00 p.m.           Stop before leaving KC area for dinner
 (we will make reservations but cost is on your own).
            9:00 p.m.           Arrive back at the IGS library facility.
Cost of the trip:
            We would like to fill a 56 passenger charter bus, but we must have 35 participants to make this trip work at these prices: 
                                 Passengers               30-39               40-49               50-56  
 Adult (w/ double occupancy hotel room)    $290                $265                $255
 Adult (w/ single occupancy hotel room)      $355                $330                $320
Included in the above amount: 
Charter bus transportation door-to-door;  3 meals at MGC;  one night hotel stay (including breakfast);  all taxes and gratuities.
Trip registration and payment deadline is May 23, 2022
            In order to get our rooms reserved and finalize other arrangements, we need to know numbers by this date.  This trip is also limited to a maximum of 56 participants.
Miscellaneous Notes:
                If you have physical limitations, it is recommended that you bring someone along to assist you.  Please contact the IGS office for specific information.
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.

Publishing and Preserving SIG

Norwegian SIG

  • Meets Tuesday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • Contact Linda Greethurst at for details.


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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