Genealogy

2015 Annual Genealogy Workshop
The 13th annual workshop features Thomas MacEntee on Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11. Registration is now open for the 13th annual genealogy workshop!

2015 Genealogy Workshop Registration

List of Events and Descriptions

*Beginner's Guide to Genealogy
Have you wanted to research your family's history but did not know where to start? Join us for this class to learn the basics. We will cover what kind of information you can find on birth, marriage, death and census records as well as a brief overview of military records.
 
*Iowa's Territorial Papers
Learn what kind of information can be found in Iowa's Territorial Papers. 

It Is Well With My Soul: Finding Ancestors Amid the Rubble of Disaster and Misfortune
Our ancestors persevered in spite of disaster and misfortune so that we could be here today to tell their stories. Learn how to locate evidence of their experiences and how to add their first-hand accounts to that body of evidence.

10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Genealogy
Whether stuck in a rut with genealogy research for the past year or just wanting to expand the ways in which family history can be pursued, follow these 10 touchstones and you’ll be surprised at the results. Covering every aspect of genealogy and even those you never considered, your genealogy research will not just jump, it’ll leap!

Got Illinois Ancestors? A Guide to Prairie State Genealogy
While Illinois genealogy research is no easier or more difficult than other states, there are special resources with which many genealogists are unfamiliar. Learn about the history of the Prairie State and its migration patterns to understand how your ancestors lived and how to find them!

Become a Genealogy Blog Reader
If you’ve always been wondering how you can use any of the hundreds of genealogy blogs on the Internet to enhance your research, this demo is for you.  Learn the ABCs of how to use blogs, the types of genealogy blogs and more in this basic introductory demo.  You’ll leave this session with a list of great genealogy blogs to read, tips on how to best use the information found in blogs, and then wonder why you didn’t start following blogs sooner!

Family History Trippin': Planning a Successful Genealogy Trip
No matter what time of year, the opportunity for a trip where you can incorporate family history research and education can present itself. Learn how to plan for different types of trips and incorporate your specific travel habits.

* These classes are free and open for anyone to attend. If you are interested in attending one or both of these classes but not the workshop you can register here

Friday Afternoon Tours
Tours of the Des Moines County Heritage Center as well as Phelps House Museum are currently being finalized. More information coming soon! 

Please take a moment to fill out this quick survey regarding the tours. 

Hotel Information
Hotel rooms are available through Fairfield Inn and Suites. They are located at 1213 N. Roosevelt Ave., Burlington, IA

To reserve a room, please call them at 319.754.0000 and mention that you are booking under the Genealogy Workshop group block. This will insure you get the group rate. Rooms are available at the group rate for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. There are a limited number of rooms available and reservations need to be made by March 20th for the group rate.

Rates: 
King Bed - $99.95
Two Queen Beds - $99.95
King Executive - $109.95

Des Moines County Genealogical Society (DMCGS)
The Des Moines County Genealogical Society was formed in 1973 to foster the preservation and utilization of historical and genealogical records found in Des Moines County. The society’s goals included helping those with Des Moines County roots to trace their heritage, as well as to preserve the genealogical and history records of the county.

Meetings
The DMCGS meets on the first Tuesday of each month in a meeting room at the Burlington Public Library, 210 Court Street, Burlington, Iowa 52601. These gatherings provide the opportunity to listen to and converse with informative speakers on genealogical topics and to share research successes and pitfalls.

Reference Materials
DMCGS also sponsors a collection of genealogical reference materials at the Burlington Public Library. These collections include published materials, indexes to local resources, cemetery readings, and many other local records.

For more information, visit the Des Moines County Genealogical Society