Story County Genealogical Society
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Story County Genealogical Society
Story County, Iowa, USA
Helping You Connect With Your Heritage

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 Civil War Cannon "1861 Rifled Cannon captured at the Battle of Shiloh. Gifted to Story County by the Jason D. Ferguson Grand Army of the Republic Post #31.  Ferguson was Story County's first fatality in the Civil War.  Killed April 6, 1862 at the Battle of Shiloh."--Dedication plaque at Story County Administration Building, Nevada, Iowa.
SCGS offers three series of programs.  All are held at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa:
  • Society Meetings, 2nd Monday (Sept.-Nov., Jan.-May) 6:30 pm
  • Genealogy Plus!, 3rd Wednesday (Sept.-May) 10 AM-noon
  • Genealogy Computer User Group,  4th Tuesday (Sept.-Nov., Jan.-April) 10 AM- noon
Our meetings are free and open to the public.  Guests are welcome. Come join us and meet a group of friendly genealogists!

Family Secrets
(Reprinted with permission.  This story appeared in the September 13, 2017 issue of The Weeklly Genealogist.)
John Olson of Ankeny, Iowa: In 2009 I made one of my most interesting family history research discoveries when I found that my great-grandmother was murdered in 1920. No living members of my family were aware of the facts. My mother (1932-1999) was told that her grandmother died in a train accident. She didn't: she was shot in Dunlap, Iowa, by her estranged second husband (not my great-grandfather), who committed suicide with the same rifle minutes later. The secrecy about this incident and the impact on the family members present at the murder scene--all children--cascaded through several generations and families.


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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
November 28
Genealogy Computer User Group
  The Dynamics Duo of Dennis Allen and Cris Nagla return to the Genealogy Computer User Group on Tuesday, November 28. Bring your genealogy and ...
December 20
Holiday Genealogy Help Session
The holiday season is a great time to remember...and research the ancestors.  The Chipmunks are on tour this year, Sinatra, Crobsy, and Glenn Miller will ...
January 17
Technological Changes in Farming and It's Impact on Farm Families
Dr. Paul Lasley returns for the first Genealogy Plus session of the 2018.   American agriculture has experienced four major technological revolutions, which have not ...
February 21
Swedish Research
Paul Martsching
March 21
Dearly Departed ...Cemetery and Funeral Home Records
Dennis Allen, Genealogist   Valuable records are kept of our final departure.  Cemetery files hold info about the burial or cremation, perhaps the bio, the ...