The
Immigrant Genealogical Society

1310-B W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506

The Immigrant Genealogical Society (IGS) was founded in 1982 to help Americans trace their ancestors' origins, particularly in the German speaking areas of Europe and the places in the world to which they migrated. The society maintains a genealogical research library, publishes a newsletter and two periodical journals, and offers searches of its holdings for users worldwide.

The Immigrant Library

The Immigrant Library serves as the IGS headquarters and houses a collection of materials related to German and American genealogy. The collection began with the extensive personal libraries of Elisabeth Sharp and Gerda Haffner. The collection has grown over the years as society members and others contributed their materials and money to the library. Presently, about half of the library holdings cover German speaking areas of Europe and half cover America. more.

IGS Library Hours are:
- Wed. 12 noon - 5 p.m.
- 1st and 3rd Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- 2nd and 4th Sun. 12 noon - 5 p.m.
- Closed Holidays

IGS Publications

The IGS Newsletter - produced monthly, contains brief but useful news items related to genealogical research as well as references to other resources.

You may click here to find a list of newsletters that can be viewed online.

Die Pommerschen Leute - produced quarterly, is a genealogical resource for descendants of the Baltic Duchy of Pomerania.

German American Genealogy - produced semi-annualy, contains articles related to the migration of Germans to America.

Research Services

Volunteers make the information in the Immigrant Library available to researchers who are not able to use the library's resources in person. For a small donation, they will use their experience with each resource to locate data of interest, make copies and forward the information to you.

Click here for a listing of the searches currently offered.


The Immigrant Genealogical Society serves researchers in the greater Los Angeles area in many ways:

  • Invites genealogists to speak at general meetings of the IGS held on the second Sunday of each month.
  • Maintains the Immigrant Library for public use.
  • Publishes a monthly newsletter.
  • Publishes the German-American Genealogy twice a year.
  • Sponsors the Pomeranian Special Intrest Group (PSIG) who publish Die Pommerschen Leute.
  • Holds classes that teach the basics of American and German genealogy.

The Immigrant Genealogical Society is an IRS recongnized 501(c)(3) organization. Donations of cash and books are tax-deductible. Cash donations for the purchase of library materials and supplies are always welcomed.

We invite you to become an IGS member by printing and sending in this Membership Application.

  • Regular Membership -- US$25.00 per year. (Publications sent bulk mail.)
  • Contributing Membership -- US$35.00 per year. (Publications sent 1st class mail.)
  • Family Membership -- US$30 per year. (Two persons at same address.)
  • Foreign Membership -- US$40 per year. (Publications sent airmail.)
  • Supporting Membership -- US$50 per year.
  • Sustaining Membership -- US$100 per year.

Please Note: Your membership year begins when your dues are received by IGS.

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