Our Mission

The mission of the Washington County Genealogical Society (WCGS) is to create and foster an interest in genealogy; to gather and preserve genealogical and historical data; to aid individuals in family history research; and to establish and maintain a genealogical library through contributions, donations, and exchanges. The WCGS was established in 1983.

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Website Update

Details of Washington County Naturalization Records are available below!

WCGS Projects

The WCGS purchased a new book scanner. This scanner has a cradle that will protect the spines on the old courthouse books as we scan them. It scans eight pages per minute and makes the process so much easier. Also, we've set up a new section that features the new items donated to the library. The new items will be kept in this section for 3 months and then moved to the appropriate collection in the library.

The Library

Phyical Location

Charles & Isabelle Grayson Archives Room in the Washington County Public Library
115 W. Washington St
Washington, IA 52353

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 446
Washington, IA 52353

Hours

Are regular Washington County Public Library hours
Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm
Friday 8am-5pm
Saturday 8am-1pm

Research Assistance

Society Members offer assistance with library research. Members do not have set hours for being at the library, but may be available on a random basis while the library is open. For phone or email inquiries there is a $10 per hour charge plus cost for copies and postage.

Contact the WCGS for assistance via email: genealogy@washington.lib.ia.us

Collections and Records

The Collection focuses on Washington County and includes historical record archives, books, microfilm, and CDs, inlcuding:

Other Resources

Various information regarding the other 49 States
Free computer access to popular genealogy websites & other electronic data, including:

Access to microfilm/microfiche reader/printers
Access to standard copy machine

The Society

Meetings

Are held the 1st Tuesday of each month @ 7pm in the Genealogy Library (may vary as noted on program schedule). Visitors are welcome to attend our programs and meetings.

Programs

Are conducted during regular meeting times. Topics usually include a presentation on a genealogical or historic interest.

2016 Program Schedule:
February 2 (10:00 am), “The Scofield Family History” – Mike Kramme
March 1 (10:00 am), “What’s In Our Library?” – Susan Clark and Mike Kramme
April 5 (7:00 pm), “Mission to Poland and Polish Genealogy” – Alexandra Antczak
May 3 (7:00 pm), “Orphan Train in Iowa” – Margie Lasek
June 8 (9:30 am), “Step Back in Time” – A fascinating field trip to the Kalona Historical Village and Museums
July 5 (7:00 pm), “An African American Story” – Linda Wenger
August (7:00 pm), “Working 30 Years as a Border Patrolman” – John Brinning
September 6 (7:00 pm), “Our Own Antiques Roadshow” – show and tell about one of your antiques
October 4 (7:00 pm), “When Irish Eyes are Smiling – Irish Genealogy” – Joanne Breen
November 1 (7:00 pm), “The History of Railroads in Washington County, Iowa” – Pete Weller
December 6 (7:00 pm), “Speaker’s Choice” – Bob Kennedy

Newsletters

Are published quarterly and distributed to members via USPS or email. A typical newsletter contains local history items, list of donations to the library, messages from the Board, information on current WCGS projects, and often some general genealogical news items and tips. Contributions are welcomed!

Volunteers

Are welcomed and encouraged, please…..

Membership

Members will receive the quarterly newsletter. Membership dues is $10 per calendar year. We request members provide a five generation pedigree chart. Contact the WCGS about joining via email: genealogy@washington.lib.ia.us

WCGC webpage is maintained by Joanne L. Breen
Last update 10 January 2016