Cemetery Symbols

delong39-150x150Grave 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..

Lock In Saturday

clip art of jailSoon 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.

Researching adoption records

Brick wall imageHave 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.

Great Conference

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.

50th Anniversary Book

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.

Webster Co 1925 Ft Dodge Messenger Index

Webster Co Gen Soc adds 1925 Ft Dodge Messenger Index


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.