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.
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. For information on additional educational opportunities in genealogical research, check out our Events page.
First Saturday Seminars
First Saturday Seminars is an educational program UCGS added in addition to the regular monthly meetings in 2018. On the first Saturday of each month, a seminar is presented at the Matilda Gibson Memorial Library, in the Genealogy Room from Noon to 3:00 pm. Each seminar is on a special topic given by a presenter with extensive knowledge in genealogy and history. Following the seminar, guests are invited to receive assistance with any research questions that they may have from volunteers of UCGS. The seminars are open to the public at a nominal fee which can be paid on-line or at the door. Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes by clicking on The Roots Seller, contacting the President, Tessa Hull at email@example.com or by calling 515.868.1415. For information on upcoming new seminars and monthly programs for 2020, check out the EVENTS page on this website.
The Genetic Detective premiers May 26
ABC News presents a new prime-time series, The Genetic Detective, that follows investigative genetic genealogist CeCe Moore and her work with DNA technology company Parabon NanoLabs. In the series, Moore and her team are revolutionizing crime solving by working with police departments and accessible crime scene DNA to help trace the path of a criminal suspect’s family tree, uncover their identity and bring them to justice. The Genetic Detective premieres Tuesday, May 26, 9:00 to 11:00 pm on ABC.
For the past decade, Moore, a self-trained genetic genealogist, has pioneered genetic genealogy techniques utilizing a growing body of genetic data in conju8nction with traditional genealogical records to help adoptees find their birth parents and to solve family mysteries. Since 2018, Moore has used her unique research skills to transform the face of crime solving, helping to identify more than 100 violent criminal suspects.
While we are unable to be together for our monthly meetings and the First Saturday Seminars to inspire our continued quest to find our family's history, we will strive to assist you through our Facebook page and our website Blog page. Check out the current blog by President Tessa Kelly Hull on Memorial Day.
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.
UCGS Celebrates Ruby Anniversary
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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First Saturday Seminar
Roll Call: Your County Fair Exhibit Program: Preparing Your Exhibits! Presenters: Fair Committee
First Saturday Seminar
Program: Military Bounty Land Records Presenter: Alice Hoyt Veen Sign up on the Root Seller page below.
Union County Fair
First Saturday Seminar
Program: Newspaper Research Presenter: Renee Cue Sign up on the Root Seller page below.