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.

Regular meetings are normally 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 normally include a presentation on a genealogical topic. Meeting notices and cancellations will be emailed to all members and can be found on our Facebook page


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 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. 


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: 

Individual, per year:  $10

   Family, per year: $13

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 _ _ _ _/_ _ _ _/_ _ _ _ _ _


Address___________________________________        Phone________________________________


City___________________________           State__________________       Zip code______________


E-mail address________________________________________________________________________

(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
Attn.:  Membership

P.O. Box 822

Iowa City, IA 52244-0822


updated 5 Feb 2022