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.  

Monthly Membership Meetings

The monthly membership meetings are now being held at the Gibson Memorial Library with the option of attending over Zoom for those members that are unable to attend in person.  Vistors are always welcome.  To participate over Zoom, you need to register through the Roots Seller gift shop with an email address so that you can be sent the Zoom link and information for each meeting.

First Saturday Seminar Moved to July 10

First Saturday Seminar
07 August 2021
Noon to 2:00 pm
Researching Naturalization Records
Theresa Liewer
Open to the Public
For more information about the seminar topic and presenter go to the Events tab.  For registration and payment https://unioncgs.org  go to The Roots Seller. If registering to attend the seminar over Zoom, be sure to include an email address to receive your hand-outs and the link with information on how to join the meeting.  Seminars are $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members.

Wanted: Genealogy Exhibits for County Fair

The Open Class Genealogy/History Department would like to invite the Union County public to enter exhibits at the Union County Fair in Afton.  Entries for the genealogy/history department will be accepted Thursday, July 22 from 5:30-6:30 PM as well as from 8:00-11:00 AM and 5:00 PM on Friday, July 23 in the Commercial building on the fair grounds. There are both Adult and Youth classes.  Rules for entries are listed in the Union County Fair Book that can be obtained at the Union County Extension Office in Creston. The open class rules may also be viewed at the Union County Fair website at https://www.unioncountyfairgrounds.com/county-fair-info.html
Judging will begin at 6:00 PM, Friday, July 23. Free special classes in Beginning Genealogy will be offered during the fair in the genealogy/ history department on Saturday, July 24 at 1:00 PM, and on Sunday, July 25 at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM.  Children’s day at the fair is Saturday, July 24 and the history/ genealogy department will be sponsoring a youth coloring contest for ages up to 16 years from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM.
The Union County Genealogical Society is the sponsoring organization for the Genealogy/History Division Open Class.  If you can help out during the day, we could use your assistance anytime from 8:00-11:00 AM on Judging Day, July 23.  Other times that you may sign up to help would be during the following times and days:
Friday, July 23-- 5:00-8:00 PM
Saturday, July 24-- 6:00-8:00 PM
Sunday, July 25-- 9:00 AM-Noon
Monday, July 26--9:00 AM-1:00 PM or 1:00-5:00 PM or 5:00-8:00 PM
Tuesday, July 27--Open Class Exhibits Will Be Released Between 12:00-2:00 PM, for you to pick up your entries.
For more information contact the department chair, Jane Briley at (641) 782-4525 or (641) 202-8734. 

Free Genealogy Help

Legacy Family Tree wants to do their part to help genealogists who are self-isolating at home right now. While they cannot do your grocery shopping or other practical activities, perhaps a genealogy class each day during the month of May will help as a diversion.  Each day they will be unlocking one Legacy Family Tree webinar from their library to be available to watch for free.  Check it out at www.legacyfamilytree.com and click on webinars.
Chech out our Research Links page for 88 websites that can help you with your reseach.  Do you have a good site link that you wouold 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 22
Union County Fair
Adults and Youth, Earn ribbons and premiums by exhibiting your genealogy research in Open Class at the fair.
August 7
First Saturday Seminar
Presenter: Theresa McCormick Liewer Researching Naturalization Records
August 23
Monthly Meetaing
Roll Call: A Russian Ancestor? Program: Russian Research Presenter: Calvin Huffman