The Immigrant Genealogical Society and Library

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. Read our history.

Some of the ways that IGS continues to serve researchers in the Greater Los Angeles area, and worldwide are:

The Immigrant Library

Located in Burbank, CA, the Immigrant Library serves as the IGS headquarters, whose members are dedicated to researching their German-American ancestry.

Plan your visit to the library…

Research Services

Volunteers make information from resources in the Immigrant Library available to researchers worldwide, who are not able to visit the library in person.

Explore our collection and look-up services

Meetings and Events

IGS holds monthly virtual Second Sunday meetings, annual membership meetings, and periodically sponsors educational workshops and events.

See upcoming meetings and events

Follow us on Mastodon #immigrantgensoc


Thinking of becoming a member? Your membership entitles your free use of the Immigrant Library, a monthly newsletter full of the latest highlights of news from the genealogy world, and discounted access to our remote look-up services and some events.

Being a member of IGS is being a member of a community to support you in your quest to find your German ancestors. Join other members online in our Second Sunday meetings for tips and advice, or just to chat.


IGS has teamed up with our partner societies to help connect German genealogical researchers worldwide.


IGS is a proud member of DAGV since 2019

Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände e. V.


IGS is a proud member of IGGP since 2018

The International German Genealogy Partnership

Read the IGGP Partner Zeitung Newsletters.

Support the Immigrant Genealogical Society and Library

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, IGS relies on the generosity of its members and donors across the country for financial and volunteer support. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation, or check out other ways that you might be able to support us.