This is your weekly E-news from IGS.
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

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
IGS 2022 Spring Conference
Iowa Genealogical Society is pleased to announce registration for the 2022 Spring Conference!
  • 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
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.
  • Meets Saturday, March 12th at 11:00 a.m. at IGS

Genealogy Basics Workshop

  • Meets Saturday, March 12th at 11:00 a.m. at IGS
  • Bring your pencil and research questions! Users Group

Family Tree Maker Users Group

Irish Special Interest Group

Legacy Users 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 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 Tuesday evenings and 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.
  • ***The monthly volunteer day is this Wednesday, March 16th at IGS.***
  • 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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