Story County Genealogical Society
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Story County Genealogical Society
Story County, Iowa, USA
Helping You Connect With Your Heritage
PLEASE NOTE: The April SCGS Society meeting has been moved to Wednesday, April 11 at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium at the Ames Public Library.  There will not be a meeting on Monday, April 9.
In the Member Section of the website, the "Genealogy $$$ and Cents" document has been updated.  This is a handout based on a presentation at an SCGS meeting.  Additionally, these ideas were recommended from members:
* has a search function and a subscription feature, 
*The latest edition of a book may not necessarily have lots more information than an earlier one (exception: technical subjects)
*NARA has a free virtual (online) genealogy fair each fall (previous ones are on
*Join a local or state genealogy society
*Courthouse personnel can be very helpful (sharing chooclate with them is not to be overlooked!)
*Some vital records have been digitized (i.e.; some MIssouri death records; Google search for others)
*If available, a non-certified document may be less expesive than a certified document

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!

Computer and Research Help Genealogy Group

Meeting 4th Wednesday of the Month

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, March 28


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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
March 28
Genealogy and Computer Help Session
This informal help session is for anyone having questions or challenges with genealogy, computers, or software.  Our volunteers will try to help you find a ...
April 11
"The WWII Heavy Water Plant Sabotage in Norway"
Presentator:  Arnhild Hillesland   Norway's contribution to World War II was beyond heroic.  The Norwegian heavy water sabotage was a series of operations undertaken by Norwegian saboteurs during World ...
April 18
German Research
Finding Your German Ancestors by Scharlott Goettsch Blevins   For those who have German ancestors, understanding how to find information can be daunting.  Scharlott Blevins, ...
April 25
Genealogy and Computer Help Sesson
This informal help session is for anyone having questions or challenges with genealogy, computers, or software.  Our volunteers will try to help you find a ...
May 14
SCGS Monthly Meeting