This is your weekly E-news from IGS.
You will find details about upcoming classes and Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings.  Please be sure and go to the bottom.  We have a lot going on in July!
3/4 of genealogy is done in libraries, archives, or other repositories of information.  Send an email to IGS.  Tell us what discovery you made in IGS' research center.  Your response could be chosen to appear in the next newsletter.
Upcoming Events & Classes
Our members are so generous in giving that we are planning another garage sale! September 1st, 2nd & 3rd.

Drop off your items at IGS between August 15th-26th.  No clothing/shoes.
Volunteers are needed for set-up August 24th - August 31st

Hours of sale
Thursday, September 1st 10:00 to 6:00
Friday, September 2nd 10:00 to 4:00
Saturday, September 3rd 10:00 to 2:00

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?
  • Saturday, July 9th at 1:30 p.m. Central
  • Instructor - Laurie Kolstead
  • This class will be taught online only via Zoom.  Register in advance at

Iowa Vital Records

  • Iowa researchers are extremely fortunate when it comes to vital record resources.  Ours start earlier than many states and the documents contain valuable information not recorded by many other states.  The icing on the cake is the partnership between the State Archives of Iowa, FamilySearch and Ancestry to get indexed images online.  We'll explore the rules controlling access, the evolution of the records and their content, and finally, where to find them, whether online, in a library or in person.
  • Saturday, July 16th at 1:30 p.m. Central
  • Instructor - Theresa Liewer
  • $8.00 for members    $18.00 for non-members
  • This class will be taught online only via Zoom.  Register in advance at
Capture an Oral History - Free!
  • This class will explore all the exciting possibilities available to capture an oral history.  We will build off the example of the Woodland Cemetery History Quest, and incorporate a hands-on demonstration.  We'll also cover what's next once you have collected the history.
  • July 23rd 10:30 a.m. Central time
  • Instructor - Kristine Bartley
  • This class will be taught in person only at IGS in Des Moines.  Call IGS at 515-276-0287 or email to sign up.
Have you stuck your toe in the 1950 census?
  • The 1950 US Federal Census was released in April 2022.  Did you get your toes wet?  Indexes are being slowly rolled out.  This class will cover some things you can do to craft your searches, and resources that will help you find yourself or your family.
  • Instructor - Sheri Snodgrass
  • Thursday, July 28th 6:30 p.m. Central time
  • $8.00 for members    $18.00 for non-members
  • This class will be taught online only via Zoom.  Register in advance at 
A Texas Killing Field: Cold Cases, DNA & Genetic Genealogy
  • Police and FBI have been searching for decades to solve the murders of four women. They appear to have had little in common except that the lives of these four women ended in the same place—a rural field in League City, Texas, halfway between Houston and Galveston. Two of the women found in the remote area off Interstate 45 were unidentified when their bodies were discovered in 1986 and 1991 so they were given the names, Jane and Janet Doe. At the time, this field in League City was a desolate location accessible only by dirt roads. The League City Police Department made numerous efforts to identify the two unknown victims. During 2018, detectives from LCPD had taken a different approach through the use of DNA Genealogy utilizing DNA profiles from Jane Doe and Janet Doe. Needing help to navigate this relatively new investigative technique, LCPD sought the assistance of local experts in the field of genealogy. In January 2019, Nick Cimino, President of the Texas Bay Area Genealogical Society, was contacted by an officer from LCPD asking for his help with genetic genealogy. Two police officers came to the Cimino residence and explained the case. Intrigued by the mystery, Nick volunteered to teach the detectives about genetic genealogy. He agreed to review the family trees that were being built and determine if they were trending in the right direction. Was the search for the identity of Jane and Janet Doe successful? Find out more by attending this presentation.
  • Saturday, August 27th 1:30 p.m. Central time
  • $8.00 for members    $18.00 for non-members
  • This class will be taught online only via Zoom.  Register in advance at
$10 ages 16 and over
Summer Pass for 3 months (June, July & August)
to the
Iowa Genealogical Society Research Library
628 E Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309-1924

Free Beginning Classes
    Resources for original 13 colonies & westward migration
    Resources for all US states
    Resources for international searches

Great hours: open 6 days and 2 nights
Mon, Weds, Fri, Sat 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues & Thurs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Free off street parking in front of our building

An easy walk to local restaurants or bring your sack lunch to enjoy in our lunchroom.
Special Interest Groups
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.

African-American SIG

  • Meets Saturday, July 9th at 11:00 a.m. at IGS

Genealogy Basics Workshop

  • Meets Saturday, July 9th at 11:00 a.m. at IGS
  • Bring your pencil and research questions! Users Group

Family Tree Maker Users Group

RootsMagic SIG

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
    • Genealogical proof of a few pages or more
    • How-to articles
    • Transcribed records sets
  • IGS is 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.
Our mailing address is:
628 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-1924

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