Union County Genealogical Society


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 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. For information on additional educational opportunities in genealogical research, check out our Events page.  
First Saturday Workshops in 2019
Is 2019 the year you start on your journey investigating your family heritage to find information and stories that make you uniquely you?
Then you will want to join us as the Union County Genealogical Society kicks off ten months of First Saturday programs on Saturday, February 2nd  from Noon to 2:45pm in the Genealogy Room, at the Matilda J Gibson Memorial Library in Creston.  Popular speaker, Dennis Alllen from Genealogical Treasurers is back with a two-hour program, "Beginning Genealogy 101" followed by a Q & A. So whether you are starting your journey in the world of genealogy, wanting to get back to your journey after taking a detour, or are needing a map to find your way on down the road, please let us help you.
The theme for this year's First Saturday educational workshops, held in addition to UCGS's monthly meetings, is "Around the World with Genealogy".  The workshops are held on the First Saturday of each month from Noon to 3:00 pm at the Library in Creston.  The June First Saturday Program will be replaced with the Southwest Iowa Genealogy Conference on Saturday the 15th. The programs include a presentation by a speaker experienced in genealogy or history followed by time for questions, research and help available by voluteers from the Society.  Workshops are open to the public with cost for members set at $5.00 and $10.00 for non-members which can be paid on-line or at the door.  Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes.   For more information on the program and the speaker, click on View Full Listing in the column to the right.

UCGS Celebrates Ruby Anniversary

40th Anniversary Picture
Several hardy souls brave the inclement weather on Saturday, 01 December 2018 to help the Union County Genealogical Society celebrate their Ruby Anniversary of 40 years as an organization with an Open House from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm in the Genealogy Room at the Matilda J Gibson Memorial Library in Creston. 
A short program conducted by President Tessa Hall was held at 1:00 pm recognizing the charter members with red and white carnations and a certificate from the society.  Roger Nurnberg gave a presentation on the use of the new website.  David Hargrove, Director of Gibson Memorial Library, spoke on the capital campaign the library is holding to expand the current library, and Wally Miller, President of the Union County Historical Society spoke on the records of interest to genealogist that are housed at the Union County Historical Village at McKinley Park in Creston.  Door prizes were awarded to 6 lucky winners.  Genealogy 101 Beginners Kits were give to new members. 
In 1978, an exploratory meeting was held at Matilda J Gibson Memorial Library in Creston with the purpose of forming a genealogy society for the Creston area.  The meeting, organized by Kathy Parmenter, Polly Hulse, and Irma Miller, was attended by 22 persons.  Kathy Parmenter and Karlene Kingery were elected to co-chair a steering committee to organize the new organization to be known as the Union County Genealogical Society.  Other members to the  committee were Carol Cheers, Rev Thomas Coenen, Dennis Kingery, Alfred Lucas, Irma Miller, and Pauline Parrott. 
 Charter members to the new organization in addition to the steering committee included: Beth Barnes, Dorothy S Brown, Lucille Carey, Shirley Carey, Maxine Cedarburg, N. Leona Hetzel Chapman, Dorothy Cook, Rose Culbertson, Elizabeth Custer, Celia Davis, Shari Davis, Dorothy Cook, Marilyn Everman, Orpha Feeback, George Fillian, Nellie Hainline, Amy Heidebrink, Mrs. Russell Henry, Marcella Howe, Polly Hulse, June Kaster, Gladys Kiburg, Saundra Clem Leininger, Frances Miller, Irma Miller, Eldon Mills, Roger Nurnberg, Kathy Parmenter, Richard Provost, David Pugh, Ruth Richards, W. B. Richards, Melodee Roberts, Dorothy Roeder, Harry Schrader, Velma Schrader, Lois M Shaffer, Florence Siegfried, Karen Tussey, Doris Glade Vogel, Joan Waske, Helen White, and Roberta Wilson. 

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January 28
Monthly Meeting
Roll Call: Favorite or least favorite section of the website. Program: Website Navigation Presenter: Website Committee
February 2
First Saturday
Program: Beginning Genealogy 101 Presenter: Dennis Allen, Genealogical Treasures
February 25
Monthly Meeting
Roll Call: Share a Favorite Marriage Record Program: Marriage Records Presenter: Tessa Hull
March 2
First Saturday
Program: Researching Your Irish Roots Presenter: Theresa McCormick Liewer
March 25
Monthly Meeting
Roll Call: Share a Church Record Program: Church Records Presenter: TBD