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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

Note: this program will not be broadcast live on the Iowa PBS television channel.  You must register and watch on your computer or other device.  A recorded version will  be available later on YouTube.

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 a special Beginning Genealogy class to get some inspiration!
  • Thursday, April 7th at 6:30 p.m. Central Time
  • Instructor - Kevin Spire
  • Register in advance at
  • 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 
IGS 2022 Spring Conference
Iowa Genealogical Society is pleased to announce registration for the 2022 Spring Conference!
Join us for a day of great genealogical learning with our guest speaker, Alice Hoyt Veen.  Sessions include 
  • Formatting a Narrative Genealogy: Work that Stands the Test of Time
  • Fall in! Militias and Volunteers Answer the Call
  • Defending the Nation: Federal Military Records
  • Fathers & Sons: A Military Tale
  • 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
The kickoff of Tech Talk is postponed indefinitely.  IGS apologizes for the inconvenience.  We still hope to kick the program off later this year with a series about computer storage.  More to follow...
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, March 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 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.
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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