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!

***SCGS is offering two genealogy classes this fall.  Both are four part series and begin in September.  Registration is now open and class size is limited  MORE INFORMATION.***
SCGS Meeting, Monday, September 2017
Phyllis Schrag will present "The Underground Railroad" on Monday,  September 11, at the SCGS meeting (6:30 pm at the Ames Public Library).
What was the Underground Railroad?  What risks did people encounter by becoming involved with it?  What role did a slave catcher play?  Phyllis will address these questions and more.  This educational and thought-provoking program brings focus to slavery in modern times as well.

Phyllis Schrag is an accomplished actor and living history performer who, with husband, Larry, recently moved to Ames from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  She holds a M.S.S. degree from the University of South Dakota in speech, drama, and gifted education.  A retired teacher, Schrag has taught public and private school, as well as at the University of Sioux Falls.   She was the first recipient of the South Dakota Education Association Teacher of Excellence Award in 2001. Schrag remains a SD Humanities Scholar where her talks  continue to be in high demand. Schrag enjoys storytelling in a variety of forms, additionally, she loves to speak, act, sing, quilt, and read, that is, when not spending time with her grandchildren, the real reason for moving to Iowa.

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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
September 11
"The Underground Railroad"
The Underground Railroad served to help slave escape to freedom by a series of safe houses and passages.  Iowa played a part in this ...
September 20
"Using Facebook for Genealogy: Education, Collaboration, Connection"
Even though great-, great-, great-grandmother probably did not use a computer, most likely her descendants do.  Have you tapped into the resources available to you ...
September 26
Genealogy Computer User Group
Formerly the RootsMagic User Group, the focus of this group has been expanded to include users of other types of genealogy software.  Additional topics will ...
October 9
"What Will You Do With Your Genealogy Stuff?"
When the times comes you are no longer actively doing genealogy research, what will become of your files, both paper and online documents?  What about ...
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.