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About Us

The Imperial Polk Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing family history. Our society was founded in 1981 with the goal of promoting genealogy research and helping individuals trace their ancestry. Our membership ranges from beginner to advanced researchers, and we even have a professional genealogist on our team to provide guidance and support.

Our Projects

Our society engages in numerous projects dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of family history. These initiatives range from digitizing ancient records to hosting community gatherings, all with the goal of making genealogical research universally accessible. Explore our Projects to discover ways you can contribute!

Calendar

Jul 14:  Take a tour of Goldiemay. Accelerate your research, sort out difficult tangles in your family tree, and keep organized. Boost your family history work in your FamilySearch or Ancestry tree.

Aug 10:

DNA - Discover the differences in ethnicity reports between the 5 major DNA companies. Ancestry, 23 and Me, Living DNA, MyHeritage, and FamilyTreeDNA

Get Involved

Join our community of genealogy enthusiasts and get involved with the Imperial Polk Genealogical Society! We offer a variety of membership options, including access to our resources and events, as well as opportunities to volunteer and give back to the community. Learn more about our membership options and start getting involved today!

Education Opportunities for June

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Digging Up Your German Roots: Finding Ancestors from Germany (Genealogy Speaker Series) Are you one of the millions of Americans who has German ancestry? How do you find out more about your ancestors who came from Germany? What were their lives like coming to America? This talk will set the stage by describing social, cultural, historical and economic factors for emigration from Germany to the United States. Learn about useful resources in the U.S. for identifying towns or regions of origin in Germany. Finally, explore what we can learn through digital collections of civil and religious historical records from German-speaking regions. Sarah Busse Spencer holds a doctorate in sociology and has taught sociology and research methods in many universities across the U.S. and in Russia. Spencer has lived in Germany and Russia, speaks German and Russian and reads German, Russian, Latin and French. She has been practicing genealogy research for six years with a specialty in 18th and 19th century German and French records. She loves to help clients find and translate German records and use them to assemble ancestors into family groups.

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Tuesday, June 18 1 p.m. ET - Alien Files (A-Files): Researching Immigrant Ancestors at the National Archives Elizabeth Burnes is a Subject Matter Expert for Immigrant Related Records and an archivist at the National Archives at Kansas City Audience skill level: beginner to experienced (all are welcome!) Learn about the Alien Files (A-Files), a rich source of biographical information for family research. The A-Files contain United States immigrant documents generated and collected since the mid-20th century with a wealth of data, including visas, photographs, applications, correspondence, and more. Participants in this session will understand who should have an A-File, discover online search methods to determine whether records are available at the National Archives, and gain the skills to successfully place a request.

Upcoming Event:

July 11, 2024

Beginning Genealogy

Interested in discovering more about your family’s history? Find out what it takes to get organized, what resources to use and chart a path for your genealogy.

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