Book and Jewelry Sale

Don't miss it! The second annual sale begins Thursday, May 16th at 10 a.m. Free parking in front of IGS at 628 E Grand Ave in Des Moines.
Thursday May 16th 10 am - 6 pm  
Friday May 17th 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday May 18th 10 am - 2 pm


Visiting A Repository

Visiting a Repository—Plan Before you Go  
Have you considered visiting a courthouse, history center, library or archive but you're not sure how to prepare? Get all the tips and tricks from an experienced researcher and ensure that you make the most of the time you have at the repository.
Register here:
Have you considered visiting a courthouse, history center, library, or archive but not sure how to prepare?  Join us to learn tips and tricks on preparing your next trip to a repository‚Äč
  • Instructor: Stacy Weaver
    • Stacy has over 25 years of genealogy experience and is working towards accreditation throught ICAPGen
  • Location: Zoom only
  • Cost: Members - $15     Non-Members - $25
    • Note: 2024 prices are in effect

Widow Smith

"Widow Smith" — Finding that Elusive Ancestor  
It's tricky to confirm female ancestors when their only identity is the "Widow Smith" with no sign of a first name or maiden name. This class will give you the tips and tricks you need to find the illusive "Widow Smith."Register here: 
We all have those female ancestors with no first name or maiden name.  This class will provide you with tips on how to find the "Widow Smith".
Instructor: Jennifer Ewing
Cost: Members - $15          Non-Members - $25
Location: Zoom only

Summer Pass 2024

Considering membership to the Iowa Genealogical Society?

Why not dive into your genealogy research with our 2024 Summer Pass!
Our Summer Pass will grant you access to the same benefits our members enjoy when researching at the library, such as:
  • Unlimited library visits
  • Subscription free access to
  • Affiliate library access to locked files found on
  • All other resources the library has to offer in advancing your research
  • Help and support from our helpful volunteers
All this for the one-time price of $10!
Ask at the library front desk for your 2024 Summer Pass.
All Summer Passes expire August 31, 2024.
Non-members can still visit the library after Aug 31, 2024, however they will be asked to pay a $10/day usage fee.

Have you checked our calendar recently? 
It's the way to stay current with what's
happening at the Iowa Genealogical Society
Just click on the link found at the left side of your screen that says "Classes & Events". 
You'll find information about upcoming classes, conferences, Lunch & Learns, sales, and more!  You can even find some of our FREE OFFERINGS availalbe to members and non-members alike. (After clicking on the link for "Classes & Events", then check the left side of the screen again for these FREE offerings.)
Come back frequently for new updates.  There's always something going on throughout the year. 

Certificate Program

Do you know about our Certificate Program? Pioneer, Centennial and
Statehood Certificates contain pedigree charts and other documentation
which verifies that the Indexed Pioneer was in Iowa either since 1846, 1856
or for the last 100 years.
To apply, click here.  

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