Story County Genealogical Society
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Story County Genealogical Society
Story County, Iowa, USA
Helping You Connect With Your Heritage
**The Ames Public Library is making the Ancestry Library Edition available at the present time to patrons at home who have an APL card.  Click here for instructions on how to connect.**  (We're not sure how long this will be available.)
SCGS will be meeting via Zoom until we can meet again at the Ames Public Library.
Until we can meet at the Ames Public Library, the monthly meeting (second Monday) will be for members only.
The Genealogy Plus! meetings on the third Wednesday will be open to the public.  Registration required for Genealogy Plus.  See the registration link and directions in the "Upcoming Events." 
We invite you to join our Society.  Members have access to surname listing, Members' section of the website, newsletter, and more!  Join or renew
Story County Research:
If you're reseaching ancestors in Story County, Iowa this page at the FamilySearch Research Wiki will be helpful.
Internet Archive:
Have you used the Internet Archive for genealogy research?  It's a terrific source for family histories, books, census records (through the 1930 census) immigration records, and more!  The Wayback Machine preserves copies of web sites (especially useful if the site is no longer available).  Here are several Youtube videos that detail how to make the use of the site:
Free Internet Archive & WaybackMachine (Constance Knox) (5 min. 44 sec.)
Internet Archive for Genealogy  (Fountaindale Public Library) (68 min.)
Research with Internet Archive  (Allen County Public Library) (46 min.)
Here is a direct link to the Genealogy Section on the Internet Archive:  Genealogy 

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The Story County Genealogical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.
Financial contributions are used to purchase genealogy materials which are housed at the Ames Public Library, provide programs and speakers at our regular meetings and Genealogy Plus!, and fund education programs.  Your donation helps us to continue providing quality educational genealogy. programs and offerings.

The Story County Genealogical Society, a charter member of the Iowa Genealogical Society, was formed in 1968 in central Iowa.  Membership is open to all persons interested in genealogical, biographical, and historical research.

Upcoming Events
January 20
Ancestry and DNA Testing (Genealogy Plus!)
Pete Peterson and Kathy Jones will describe what is involved in DNA testing and how it can be used to find family connections.     ...
January 27
Genealogy Help Session
Genealogy Help Session   Meeting link will be sent to SCGS members Non-members can register by emailing   This session will begin with a ...
February 8
A Look at 50 Plus Years of SCGS
Did you know the Story County Genealogical Society has a past?  Fifty plus years and counting.  Join us as we take a walk down memory ...
February 17
"Was My Ancestor in the Civil War?" and "I Have a Civil War Ancestor, Now What?" (Genealogy Plus)
"Was My Ancestor in the Civil War?" "I Have a Civil War Ancestor, Now What?" Presenter: Brian Rhinehart     Researcher Brian Rhinehart discovered  his ancesotr ...
March 8
A Look at Rootstech
The world-wide RootsTech conference will be discussed.