Union County Genealogical Society

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to the new Union County Genealogical Society website, a work in progress.  Check back with us often as new information will be added by our volunteers.
 
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.  

IGS to hold Virtual Spring Conference

The Union County Genealogical Society will not be holding their First Saturday Seminar in May but is instead encouraging local genealogists to attend the Iowa Genealogical Society’s Virtual Spring Conference, Plant Your Genealogy So You Will Know What Will Grow with Thomas MacEntee on Saturday May 1st You need tools and a plan to grow your Family History Research Garden.  Join IGS to add some tools to your tool box and gain some new ideas for how/what you want to create to refine your plan.  This conference will provide the way forward. 
 
MacEntee is a genealogy professional specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogy research and to connect with others in the family history community.  He has over 42 years of experience in family history research.  Following a 25-year career in the information technology field, he started his own genealogy-related business called High-Definition Genealogy. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at Abundant Genealogy as well as running the popular Genealogy Bargains and DNA Bargains websites!
 
Sessions will be recorded, and handouts will be provided prior to the Conference with Zoom meeting details. The conference will be available for online viewing for 30 days after the conference for anyone registered for the conference.  For thouse that are not able to watch at home, limited seating will be available at the Iowa Genealogical Society Library, 628 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines.  For those that are unable to pay by credit card contact Debi at 515.276.0287.  To register https://igs.regfox.com/2021-spring-conference or contact IGS with any questions.  See the full day's detailed schedule under Events.

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.
 

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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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May 24
Monthly Society Meeting