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.  

01 October First Saturday Seminar

The Union County Genealogy Society will host popular genealogist Dennis Allen of Genealogical Treasurers on Saturday 01 October 2022, from Noon to 2:30 pm in the Genealogy Room at the at the Gibson Memorial Public Library, 200 West Howard Street, Creston.  His presentation will be Funeral Home and Cemetery Records.  He and his wife Cris currently take care of five cemeteries. Unfortunately, in four of the cemeteries, the former sextons did not keep records of the burials in them.  Allen’s focus will be on how they are recreating the records using anything they can find such as obituaries, death certificates and funeral home records. 
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 for the speaker.  Registration and payment for the seminar can be made through the gift shop, The Roots Cellar. If registering to attend the seminar over Zoom, be sure to include an email address to receive the link and information on how to join.

Legacy Family Tree Seminars

You might want to explore the upcoming webinars on Legacy Family Tree Webinars at https://familytreewebinars.com/upcoming-webinars/  They are free the day of the webinar and for the next seven days so you can fit them into your schedule when convenient. They can help you learn new techniques and resources.  
Also check out our Research Links page for more FREE websites that cah assist you with your research from the comfort of your home.  Do you have a good site link that you would like to share?  If so, please emai it to unioncgs.org for consideration.  If you find a link that is no longer dworking, please let us know so that we can correct it. 

Ghost Town Blog

Check out our lastest Blog on the Ghost Towns oif Union County.

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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October 24
Monthly Meeting
Roll Call: Share a Family Veteran's Story Program: Union County Veteran's Records Presenter: TBD
November 5
First Saturday
Program:  Resolving Conflicts: Therapy for Troubled Evidence Presenter: Alice Hoyt Veen
March 28
Monthly Meeting