An afternoon session for the DNA SIG has been added for those who can not attend at night. It will be on the 1st Tuesday at 1:30 – 3:30 pm in the IGS Conference Room.
Because of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, Oct. 29, Grand Avenue will be closed in front of our building until approximately 11 a.m. You will need to enter the free state parking ramp from Des Moines St (north side). This ramp is free and open to the public.
Grave markers and headstones often have beautiful carvings and images. What is the meaning behind these images and what is the message it is intended to communicate? See if this is another approach to understanding your ancestors. Join us, Saturday, Oct 29, 10:30 – 12:30, at the Iowa Genealogical Society in Des Moines, IA. Contact us for more information and to get registered at 515 276-0287..
Soon it will be Halloween! Reconnect with your dead ancestors by joining us for the IGS Fall Lock In, Saturday, October 29 from 4 p.m. to midnight. This event is for Members Only, but if you are not a member, you can join at the door. Who knows, we might try a séance or two. Cost is $15 and we will order pizza. Call 515 276-0287.
Have you tried to research ancestors that are adopted, only to hit a brick wall? Join us on Sunday, Oct. 30th @ 1:30 p.m. to hear Michelle Spear talk about her experience in researching adoption records.
Cost is $10 for non-members or $5 for members. Please register for this workshop at 515-276-0287.
What a great IGS Fall Conference! D. Josh Taylor was a wonderful, knowledgeable speaker. There were opportunities to shop our book sale and network. A special thanks to Toad Valley for accommodating us and providing wonderful service with a wonderful view. A special thanks to Mike Vogt, from the Camp Dodge Gold Star Museum, and Alice Hoyt Veen CGSM for her presentation on Land Records.
The Grand Avenue bridge has closed for bridge replacement for at least a year. View the city of Des Moines IA website for more info and a downloadable map.
Use Locust or Walnut Streets if coming from the west to get to IGS.
We are pleased to announce the entire Webster County Genealogical Society library catalog is now on line. Go to our webpage, www.wcgsiowa.org, select the Catalog tab, then click Library List_final and enjoy!
Susan M. Olson, secretary, for the Webster County Genealogical Society in Fort Dodge, IA.
Judy McClain, IGS Librarian, has compiled a wonderful history of the first 50 years of IGS. The book is available in PDF format or in four separate files as it is quite long. Click here to view this very special tribute to our first 50 years.
Once again Webster County Genealogical Society has added to their Ft Dodge Messenger Index series with the year 1925. It contains 181 pages and sells for $29.00. It may also be ordered by mail or phone from IGS. It includes adoption, birth, anniversaries, death, family events, guardianship, homestead, illness, land records, marriages, naturalizations, divorce, military, and many other categories that are coded for easy finding.