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Story County, Iowa, USA
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Zachary Campbell and Kelley Cemetery
Wednesday, October 24
Zachary Campbell and Kelley Cemetery  (Genealogy Help Session)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa

 

 

Zachary Campbell was 12 years old when he first met with Dennis Allen, well known genealogist with expertise in software technology. Zach's mother has asked Dennis to talk to her son about a project that might generate interest in history via technology.

 

Zachary and Dennis hit it off well from the start! in the fall of 2016, Dennis gave Zachary his first assignment. "His original assignment was to make a cemetery program that I could virtually walk through and see each headstone.  We stated he could do more with it, such as make it a game for kids as well or be able to click on it and pull up documents from various places," said Dennis.

 

With Dennis, Zachary started walking and measuring the cemetery in the winter 2016/2017. They discussed various components of such a program and Zachary took it from there!

 

"I was very proud of him since he taught himself the coding as he moved through the program build," commented Dennis proudly! Zachary's cemetery program far exceeded expectations. And he finished it for the 2018 Story County Fair, where he won, Special Science, Engineering and Technology Award and "Judge's Favorite" with 4H.

 

A genealogist always wonders what is the future for genealogy.  Many times we are frustrated that our children seem to take no interest in family history, even their own!  We are not the first generation of genealogist and will not be the last.  If you are curious about ways to interest your child or grandchild in genealogy, Zachary Campbell will be showing us his amazing project on October 24th, 10 am at the Ames Public Library, Auditorium.

 

Children love technology and can be self taught in many cases.  Come walk through a virtual cemetery created by 14 year old Zachary Campbell. And see how he has made a simple walk through program fascinating, functional and very helpful to researchers. Programs like this can make visiting a cemetery as simple as putting on your slippers and turning on the computer. Your grandchild can get involved, just encourage them and be creative.  Genealogy's future is in good hands!

 

 

 




Monday, November 12
Annual meeting  (SCGS Meeting)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa
Annual meeting and election of officers.
Display of writing and report examples in genealogical format.


Tuesday, November 20
Road Trip! State Historical Society of Iowa  (Genealogy Plus!)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
State Historical Society of Iowa
Sherry Stellinhg, Librarian, State Historical Society of Iowa
We learned about prepping for a research trip last month -- now we are off to the State Historical Society of Iowa Library to research.  We'll plan to meet there at 10AM, have a library tour by staff, and then get to work.


Wednesday, November 28
Genealogy and Computer Help Session  (Help Session)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa
Bring your genealogy and computer questions and we'll try to help you find a solution.



Wednesday, December 19
Annual Holiday Help Session  (Genealogy Plus!)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa
Holiday treats and research assistance provided ... along with some holiday music.



Monday, January 14, 2019
Getting Ready to Write an Ancestor's Story  (SCGS Meeting)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa
Speaker: Dr. Alissa Stoehr
Take a deep breath!  What is the story you want to tell?  Where do you start your story?  Do you have your research, images, and documentation organized and easily accessible?  Who is your audience?
 
(Assignment: write a synopsis, or preface to your story, along with an Ancestor profile fo rthe main character(s) of your story.)


Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Changing Demographics in Your Ancestors' Time  (Genealogy Plus!)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa
Speaker: Dr. Paul Lasley
 
Dr. Lasley returns to discuss change and shifts in social strata: how lives changed due to influences and pressures of advertising, urbanism, consumerism, emerging professions and technology


Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Genealogy and Computer Help Session  (Help Session)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa
Bring your genealogy and computer questions and we'll try to help you find a solution.



Monday, February 11, 2019
Study Boards and Outlines  (SCGS Meeting)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa
Speaker: Dr. Alissa Stoehr
This presentation will deal with breaking down your story into segments or chapters to create the flow.
Is further research needed to color a segment?
 
(Assignment: Write a brief paragraph for each segment.)
 


Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Writing Joy! Emma's Story  (Genealogy Plus!)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa
 
Speaker: Alice Hoyt Veen, CG
 
Research identifies our ancestors by linking individual to families and families to generations.  But to truly understand their lives we must discover and share their stories.  This case study presentation explores techniques for reconstructing the past and effectively tell a family's multigenerational history.  This is "Emma's story."


Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Genealogy and Computer Help Session  (Help Session)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa
Bring your genealogy and computer questions and we'll try to help you find a solution.



Monday, March 11, 2019
Write!  (SCGS Meeting)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa
Speaker: Dr. Alissa Stoehr
Write!  Now you have your ancestor profile, the preface, astory board which describes the content and flow of your story ... time to write.  Let's practice a bit ... 


Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Scanning and Storing Documents and Images  (Genealogy Plus!)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa
Speakers: Cris Nagla, Dennis Allen
 
Cris and Dennis will be bring their scanners and demonstrating how to scan and store your valuable images on your computer.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Genealogy and Computer Help Session  (Help Session)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa
Bring your genealogy and computer questions and we'll try to help you find a solution.



Monday, April 8, 2019
Questions? Hit a Block? Help is Here.  (SCGS Meeting)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa
Speaker: Dr. Alissa Stoehr
This session will focus on compiling and printing your story.  What about self-publishing?
Question and answer, discussion.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019
"Remember the Ladies," said Abbigale to John...  (Genealogy Plus!)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa
Speaker: Dr. Alissa Soehr, Iowa State University
 
It is challenging to find out much about our female ancestors due to legalities and norms of the times in which they lived.  Women were allowed to ...lots of things!  Women were "respectable roles" in lifes, roles were dicated by men, beliefs and law.  Some women rebelled, most didn't.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Genealogy and Computer Help Session  (Help Session)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa
Bring your genealogy and computer questions and we'll try to help you find a solution.



Monday, May 13, 2019
Telling Your Story: Wrap-up  (SCGS Meeting)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa
We've worked hard all year on "telling our story" and now it's show time!  Selected stories will be read.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Ask the Experts!  (Genealogy Plus!)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa
Bring your questions about genealogical research, documentation, writing your family story, how-to-do this or that, where to write for a resourc, where to find a resource and more.


Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Genealogy and Computer Help Session  (Help Session)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa
Bring your genealogy and computer questions and we'll try to help you find a solution.



Sunday, October 20, 2019
Genealogy Workshop  (Genealogy)
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Stanhope Community Center, 600 Main Street, Stanhope Iowa 50246