Union County Genealogical Society


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The Union County Genealogical Society is dedicated to meeting the educational needs of their members through the preservation of the county's public records, cemetery records, newspapers and family histories for research by future generations.
UCGS is a 501(c)3 non-profit and contributions are tax deductible.  Contributions are used to purchase genealogy materials housed at the Matilda Gibson Public Library in Creston, provide additional offerings on our website and assist in providing quality educational genealogy programs.  UCGS is a member of the Iowa Genealogical Society.  
Monthly Membership Meetings
UCGS meets on the 4th Monday of each month except December at 6:00 PM in the Genealogy Room at the Matilda Gibson Memorial Library located at 200 West Howard Street in Creston, Iowa and beginning 26 April 2021 via Zoom. For information on additional educational opportunities in genealogical research, check out our Events page.  

Saturday Seminar Date Change

To avoid the Fourth of July weekend celebrations, the Union County Genealogical Society will host their First Saturday Seminar on the second Saturday this month.  Alice Hoyt Veen of Prairie Roots Research will present a “Reasonably Exhaustive Research: Are We There Yet?” from Noon to 3:00 on Saturday, July 9, 2022 in the Genealogy Room at the Gibson Memorial Library, Creston. The program, open to the public, will also be made available over Zoom.  For additional details, see the July 9th Events tab.  To register and prepay or register and pay at the door, go the the Roots Seller Gift Shop Tab.

Iowa's Territorial and State Census Records

Last month's seminar was Hidden Gems: Iowa State Census Records presented by Theresa McCormick Liewer.  Check out a new blog to see more information on what is on these valuable records and where to find them.

Preservation Oaks Interview Aired 09 May

The Union County Genealogical Society has been invited to participate in Preservation Oaks programming.   Preservation Oaks is an international syndicated original talk program on Micro Stream Radio, where they feature interviews with professionals from Museums, Cultural and Heritage Institutions, Historical and Genealogical Societies across the United States.  Their main platform is preservationoaks.podbean.com.  The program  aired on 09 May 2022 with an interview of UCGS President, Saundra Clem Leininger.

Membership in IGS

 Your membership in the Iowa Genealogical Society contributes to the preservation of genealogical and family history records.  Benefits of membership are:
  • Access to IGS research facility
  • Access to FamilySearch affliage records when in the IGS Library
  • Access to Ancestry Library Edition when in the IGS Library
  • Bimonthly newsletter
  • Discounts on classes and conferences and research fees
  • Networking opportunities
  • Join a Special Interest Group
  • Email notification of upcoming events and classes
  • Access to genealogy interest groups
  • Access to free queries in Hawkeye Heritage
There are annual spring and fall conferences with lectures, workshops, and vendors.  To become a member of IGS go to IowaGenealogy.org and click on membership. 

Free Genealogy Help

Check out our Research Links page for 91 FREE websites that can help you with your reseach from the comfort of your home .  Do you have a good site link that you would like to share?  If so, please email it to the webmaster for consideration.  If you find a link that is no longer working,  please let us know so that we can correct it, 

UCGS Celebrates Ruby Anniversary

40th Anniversary Picture
                                                                   Charter members at the 40th Anniversary of the Society organization.

BEHOLD the Work of the Old…..
Let your Heritage not be lost.
But bequest it as a Memory,
Treasure and Blessing…..
Gather the lost and hidden,
And preserve it for thy Children.
                    Christian Metz, 1846

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July 9
First Saturday Program
Program: Reasonably Exhaustive Rsearch: Are We There Yet? Presenter: Alice Hoyt Veen, Prairie Roots Research
July 22
Union County Fair
August 6
Research Trip
August 22
Field Trip to Mount Pisgah
Program: Mount Pisgah Mormon History Presenter: Jane Briley
September 10
First Saturday
Program: It Started with a Pathic Obit Presenter: Linda Greethurst