Story County Genealogical Society
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Story County Genealogical Society
Story County, Iowa, USA
Helping You Connect With Your Heritage
Welcome To The New Website of
Story County Genealogical Society
Whether you are a first time visitor or a return visitor
You may ask why we changed the website
  • Provide a more secure website that is also easy to look at
  • Offer more opportunities for genealogists to interact with each other
  • Provide more genealogical information in an easy to navigate format
We would really like to hear your feedback.
This website will be constantly changing and your feedback will help
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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!

Genealogy Research Fundamentals Class to Begin January 12
Genealogy Research Fundamentals Class
Four part series begins January 12 and continues Jan 19, 26, Feb 2nd
10 am to noon, Ames Public Library. 

Genealogy Plus! Help Session

Wednesday, December 20th

10 am - noon, Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa

Please join us for our annual holiday Genealogy Help Session.

Holiday treats and research help too.

Please bring a specific research issue and we'll do our best to help you solve your ancestor mystery!


Genealogy Book Corner

by Bonnie Samuel

Genealogy books are highlighted on the "Staff Picks" at the Ames Public Library, 2nd floor, near the Adult Services help desk. There you'll find not only how-to methodology topic books, but also some on specific historical events, or histories of pioneer movements, ethnic groups or maps.


Elizabeth Shown Mill's Evidence Explained is there too, and can be checked out. And genealogical mystery books - thrillers involving genealogists who solve current day dilemmas or even help police solve crimes by research of family and past suspicious events! Featured on the Staff Pick shelf, "Bonnie's Picks," are two books by Don Waddell, The Blood Detective and Blood Atonement. Check 'em out!

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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
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 8
SCGS January 2018 Meeting
DO YOU KNOW?,,,,about the members and membership in the Story County Genealogical Society?  Come share your interest in genealogy.   Our members are a ...
January 12
Genealogy Research Fundalmentals Class
Genealogy Research Fundamentals Class Four part series begins January 12 and continues Jan 19, 26, Feb 2nd 10 am to noon, Ames Public Library.    Genealogy is ...
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 12
Preserving Your Family History
Scrapbooker Fidella Marty will show us some techniques of scrapbooking to preserve family history.  Anyone can do it.  You don't need special skills or a ...