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You will find details about upcoming classes and Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings.
$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.
Upcoming Events & Classes

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, June 25th at 1:30 p.m. Central
  • Instructor - Michelle McClure
  • This class will be taught in person only at IGS in Des Moines.  Call IGS at 515-276-0287 or email to sign up.  The remote iteration will return in July.

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
  • Register in advance at
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.

Irish Special Interest Group

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 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.
Our mailing address is:
628 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-1924

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