Story County Genealogical Society
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Story County Genealogical Society
Story County, Iowa, USA
Helping You Connect With Your Heritage

GPS Course

Genealogy Proof Standard Course

Ames Public Library, Ames

Instructors: Linda Greethurst & Alice Hoyt Veen, CG


Course consists of 4 sessions:

(March 16, 30, April 13, and 27st).

Sign Up Now! See link below.


What is the Genealogical Proof Standard?

The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) is the application of fundamentally sound research standards to the research process. This disciplined approach involves basic steps. Completion of these steps helps to arrive at reliable, well-reasoned conclusions to research questions.


GPS is a course for Beginners to Advanced genealogical researchers. We do recommend that Beginners have some experience. This course will enhance your research skills and knowledge of the process.


What is the GPS Course?

The GPS Course includes four cumulative sessions.

Each date includes two class sessions with breaks, hands-on activities, and practical examples. Participants apply what they learn to a project selected from their personal research.


Understand the “reasonably exhaustive search.” Gain critical thinking skills in analyzing sources, information, and evidence. Identify and resolve conflicting evidence through comparison and correlation techniques. Learn to concisely, credibly share your conclusions with



Register on the Ames Public Library site: is a course with 4 cumulative sessions. When you sign up, you are registered for the entire course (March 16, 30, April 13, and 27st).


The Story County Genealogical Society, Ames Public Library and the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation are pleased to co-sponsor this course, Genealogy Proof Standards.