Immigrant Genealogical Society

Type: Non-profit 501(c)(3) genealogy society, incorporated in California
Purpose: The IGS was founded in North Hollywood, CA in 1982 to help Americans trace their ancestors’ origins, particularly in the German speaking areas of Europe.
Contact Information:
Membership: Annual $25, Family $30, 1st Class mail $35; Foreign $40/year; Supporting $50/year; Sustaining $100/year. Join IGS
Membership Benefits:
  • newsletter
  • journal (once or twice annually)
  • monthly “researcher Stammtisch” meetings
  • library assistance
Events: occasional special meetings and workshops, with an annual Research Day coinciding with the SCGS Jamboree held elsewhere in Burbank, CA.
Research (or Focus) Areas:  Germany, with a Special Interest Group for Pommern and a database of over 20,000 Mecklenburg emigrants to the U.S. through an agreement with the Institute for Migration and Ancestral Research (IMAR) in Rostock, Germany.  Guides to specific regions
Research Services:  Mail requests can be made for specific searches. More information
Library (or other resources):  The “Immigrant Library” is open to the public and staffed by trained volunteers of the Society.  General hours are:  Wednesdays, Noon to 5pm; 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10am to 5 pm; 2nd & 4th Sundays, Noon to 5pm.  Closed holidays.  About one-third of the collection relates to American genealogy & American immigration.  We also have well over 200 Ortssippenbücher for German towns on our shelves, and an index of those persons named within as having “went to America.”
Store/Publications:  We do not have publications for sale, but visitors to the Library may often find duplicate or unneeded items available free (or for a small donation).