Iowa City Genealogical Society (ICGS)
The Iowa City Genealogical Society (ICGS) 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 (IGS) and the State Historical Society of Iowa library (SHSI) in Iowa City.
ICGS publishes a newsletter ten times a year and it is distributed via e-mail to all members. A typical newsletter contains 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.
ICGS has published many Johnson County records such as marriage records from 1839 to 1903, gravestone records of all cemeteries (published mid-to-late 1980's), indexes for some county histories, early land map records, and various censuses. The publications are available for purchase through the IGS https://iowagenealogy.org/ in Des Moines. For a list and prices of these publications see pages 16-17 of the IGS catalog available for viewing at the following link: IGS Catalog
The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) library at 402 Iowa Ave in Iowa City holds many genealogical resources, including those published by ICGS through IGS. The SHSI Library is open Thursday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Library hours are listed on the SHSI website.
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 Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (2730 Bradford Drive, Iowa City) which has a limited number of computers with access to FamilySearch and other databases.
BECOMING A MEMBER
ICGS welcomes into membership individuals interested in researching their own family roots, in general family history, in developing and sharing tools for genealogical research, and those who just like genealogical research.
Membership dues per calendar year are:
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 202__
Name(s)___________________________________ Date _ _ _ _/_ _ _ _/_ _ _ _ _ _
City___________________________ State__________________ Zip code______________
(for electronic delivery of newsletter and meeting updates/ cancellation notices)
ANNUAL DUES _________ (Check type of membership) Individual $10.00____ Family $13.00____
Print out this page and mail it with your check to:
Iowa City Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 822
Iowa City, IA 52244-0822
updated 5 Feb 2022