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Upcoming Events & Classes

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.

Cost of the trip:
            We are asking for $100 down on the trip now.  The total cost of the trip has not been finalized, but is projected to be under $200.

Registration is online at

Tentative Schedule:
              7:30 a.m. -        Depart from IGS.
            10:30 a.m. -        Arrive at Midwest Genealogy Center.
            11:00 a.m. -       Tour library
            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 – 9:00 a.m.     Breakfast at the hotel (included with your room) and pack
            9:15 a.m.           Return to Midwest Genealogy Center
            12:00 p.m.         Lunch will be at the library (included in cost of the trip).
            5:00 p.m.           Finish up your research
            5:30 p.m.           Depart from MGC.
            9:00 p.m.           Arrive back at the IGS library facility.

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.
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.

  • Last Chance!
  • 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

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!
  • Thursday, June 9th at 6:30 p.m. Central Time
  • Instructor - Kevin Spire
  • Register in advance at
IGS (the other one!) is coming to IGS!
Using PERSI to Take Your Research to the Next Level - Free
How Did They Get Here
  • Discover methods that establish a good foundation with your research. Then sail forward to uncover clues about the people that came to make their home in the USA.  Take a deeper look at record locations and search techniques to get the most out of your research.
  • Thursday, 16 June 2022 -  6:30 p.m.  Central Time
  • $8.00 for members    $18.00 for non-members
  • 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.

Publishing and Preserving SIG

Norwegian SIG

  • Meets Tuesday, May 24th 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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