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!

What Will Become of Your Genealogy Stuff?
Four members addressed this issue at the October SCGS meeting.  Among the suggestions:
Have written instructions with your will about disposition of your files and material.  Be aware of museum guidelines if you are donating to them (advisable to donate in your lifetime to enusre your instructions are followed).  Distribute printed copies of your pedigree charts and family sheets to various relatives ("far and wide.")  Upload a copy to an online site, but avoid making this your only copy.  Read the terms of service (TOS) for all online accounts.
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 and donations are 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
October 18
Source Evaluation: Is It Reliable, Maybe a Good Hint, Or ?
Introduction to Source Evaluation: Is it Reliable, Maybe a Good Hint, Or?   Dennis Allen will lead us this presentation on genealogy source evaulaiton. 
October 24
Genealogy Computer User Group
We'll discuss technology, computers, and genealogy.  Sometimes they all play nicely together, other times not so much. We'll try to unravel some of the problems, ...
November 13
Annual Meeting
Annual meeting with treats, conversation, and election of officers..
November 15
Documentation & Citation: Cite Your Sources
Presented by Alice Hoyt Veen, CG   Keeping track of the soruce of the family data you collect is vital to the research porcess ...and ...
November 28
Genealogy Computer User Group