Iowa City Genealogical Society (ICGS)


The Iowa City Genealogical Society in Johnson County, Iowa, was founded in 1967 by a group of people interested in tracing their roots and in helping others who wanted to research family history. As the Society developed, additional broader objectives evolved to include general promotion of genealogy by preserving and disseminating historical data, acquiring genealogical references, and supporting the Iowa Genealogical Society and the State Historical Society Library in Iowa City.

Regular meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month at the LDS Library, 2730 Bradford Drive, Iowa City, Iowa. Meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. The meetings usually include a presentation on a genealogical topic of general interest. 


ICGS publishes a newsletter ten times a year and it is mailed to all members.  A typical newsletter contains our presidents message, announcements of ICGS meetings as well as conferences and national meetings, a short description of queries received, information on current projects of ICGS, and often some general genealogical news items and tips.


The Iowa City Genealogical Society has published many Johnson County records such as marriage records from 1839 to 1903, gravestone records of all cemeteries, indexes for some county histories, early land map records, and the 1840 and 1856 censuses. The publications are available through the Iowa Genealogical Society in Des Moines. For a list and prices of these publications see:






The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) Library at 402 Iowa Ave in Iowa City holds many genealogical resources, including those published through IGS by ICGS.  The SHSI Library is open Thursday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Other libraries in Iowa City that have somewhat fewer genealogical resources are the Iowa City Public Library, main University of Iowa Library, and University Law Library.  Another useful source is the local Church of Latter Day Saints which features many records on Microfiche and CD-ROM. 


The Iowa City Genealogical Society welcomes into membership those persons interested in researching their own family roots, those interested in general family history, those interested in developing and sharing tools for genealogical research, and those who just like genealogical research.

Membership dues per calendar year, are based on the type of newsletter delivery you choose:                 

Individual, per year:

USPS: $20

E-mail: $10

Family, per year:



To become a member, complete the form below and mail it along with membership dues.


Iowa City Genealogical Society Membership form for the calendar year 2021

Dues and new memberships are not being charged for 2021 due to COVID-19.


Name(s)___________________________________        Date _ _/_ _/_ _ _ _


Address___________________________________        Phone________________________________


City___________________________           State__________________       Zip code______________


E-mail address__________________________________ (for electronic delivery of newsetter and meeting updates/ cancellation notices)


ANNUAL DUES ________________  (Check type of membership)    Individual $10.00*____    Family $13.00*____


*Add $10.00 if you want printed newsletters mailed to your home rather than electronic delivery


Print out this page and mail it with your check to:

Iowa City Genealogical Society
Attn.:  Membership

P.O. Box 822

Iowa City, IA 52244


updated 15 Jan 2021