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 Help Session, 4th Wednesday (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!
-->The Ames Cemetery Walk scheduled for Sunday, October 21 has been postponed until spring 2019.<--
Tuesday, November 20th, 2018
Research trip to the Iowa State Historical Library
600 E. Locust, Des Moines, Iowa
SCGS has arranged an informative tour of the State Historical Museum Library Archives in Des Moines on November 20th, 2018.
This is an opportunity not only to learn about the holdings in our state archival library, but also to do research of your own with the able assistance of the librarians. At the October Genealogy Plus session (October 17th), attendees will learn about pre-planning and preparation for such a research trip, such as review of the archive catalog online and selection materials to search.
All are welcome to take the tour on November 20th. Please let us know if you will be participating. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-290-8751. Everyone is responsible for their own transportation to the historical library. Participants will meet in the lobby on the first floor of the State Historical Museum of Iowa (directions below) at 10:00 am. If you arrive late, proceed to the elevator, go to the 2nd floor to the Library.
Helpful Information for Trip
Story County Genealogy Society's
Genealogical Education Programs, 2018-2019
SCGS and Genealogy Plus Program Theme:
"Writing Your Ancestor's Story"
You have done the research, and have a mound of files full of documents and photos. Now how do you turn that into "the story?"
The genelogical education programming of SCGS and Genealogy Plus, beginning again in September, will be coordinated around the theme of "Writing Your Ancestor's Story." The anchor event is a four-part writing "course" January-April, taught by Dr. Alissa Stoehr, Iowa State University. These classes will be held at the monthly SCGS meetings, January - April, 2019.
Dr. Stoehr has helped in the development of this writing course, designed specifically for genealogists, who may have no writing experience, but do wish to use their family research, documents and photos to create a narrative that tells the story of their ancestors. Whatever your writing experience, this class is for you!
Genealogy Plus and SCGS monthly programs will offer supporting courses on various elements of the writing process, such as organizing related research and images, story genealogical structures, historical research in the time and place your ancestor lived.
The monthly GP Help Session (4th Wednesday morning of each month) will offer assistance to those taking the four-part writing course. And the line-up of classes for SCGS and GP, as always, offers helpful programs and great speakers too, including: Professor Paul Lasley, Alice Hoyt Veen CG, Linda Greethurst, Dr. Alissa Stoehr, Mary Logsdon, and Dennis Allen and Cris Nagla.
A research trip to the Iowa State Historical Library is also scheduled for Tuesday, November 20th. The GP program the month before the trip, Mary Logsdon, will explain how to prepare for research at an archive, to get the most out of your research time. Sherry Stelling, Librarian at the Research Center, will give us a tour of the library when we arrive on November 20th….then it's research time!
SCGS Programs 2018-2019
Computer and Research Help Genealogy Group
Meeting 4th Wednesday, September through May
10 am - Noon
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa
Many people have asked for more research help sessions. Often requests for research help are about understanding how to use their genealogy software effectively, as well as research techniques to find their elusive ancestor!
So…each month (4th Wednesday) we will meet in the auditorium at the library. If we have a software presentation and others want to get assistance with a specific research problem, we are able to divide the room and meet everyone's needs. Our super genealogy sleuth helpers will be on hand to help you.
We encourage you to bring your own computers, but we will have library computers available too.
Story County Genealogical Society and the Ames Public Library are pleased to offer this genealogical assistance along with our other monthly program, Genealogy Plus.
The next Computer & Research Help Genealogy Group will be Wednesday, October 24.
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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.
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