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Story County Genealogical Society
Story County, Iowa, USA
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BLOG article. COPYRIGHT © 2017 LISA LOUISE COOKE’S GENEALOGY GEMS -
Last Updated: 20 December 2017   [Located in Category: Ancestry.COM]
Family Tree magazine Premium Article by David A. Fryxell June 10, 2018.
Last Updated: 10 June 2018   [Located in Category: Ancestry.COM]
BLOG article by Kimberly Powell Updated March 03, 2017
Last Updated: 25 June 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
BLOG Posted by Ancestry Team on July 7, 2015 in Research.
Last Updated: 18 October 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
BLOG article by 4YourFamilyStory.com 16 Jan 2016: ... put your ancestors in a time and a place — very helpful when you can't seem to find them in more-used records like the federal population census....your ancestors' school records... may reveal their parents' names or siblings. So while not an exhaustive list, the following 11 places may yield school records for your ancestors.​....
Last Updated: 9 October 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
Article from FAMILY TREE MAGAZINE: To help you break the habit of sticking with the same sites, we’ve come up with a list of 23 “nongenealogy” websites that can help you solve genealogy research problems, find valuable new resources and connect with cousins. Which ones should be next on your list?
Last Updated: 18 August 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
BLOG article by Sunny Jane Morton 11/11/2016. If you're just starting out researching your family history, start at these 25 best genealogy websites for beginners.
Last Updated: 27 June 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
Blog Apr 25, 2017 | Posted by Diana Elder | DNA, Research Tips: Have you taken the Ancestry DNA test and now you’re wondering what to do with your results? Besides discovering your ethnicity, you also want to connect with cousins that will help you fill in missing branches of your family tree.
Last Updated: 31 December 2017   [Located in Category: Ancestry.COM]
BLOG by melanie August 31st, 2010: Here’s how you print out your family tree template as a poster.
Last Updated: 24 October 2017   [Located in Category: Charts, Forms, and Templates]
Article from Family Tree Magazine by David A. Fryxell August 18, 2016.
Last Updated: 3 December 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
BLOG Article by Amie Bowser Tennant: Number 1: Research Plans: A research plan can keep you focused and organized. Your research plan may look different than another’s and that’s okay.
Last Updated: 5 September 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
Blog on Tenacious Genealogy, by Laura Nelson, Posted on October 9, 2017.
Last Updated: 2 December 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
Article from Family History Daily: To locate the correct parents for our ancestors we must find a source that is reliable and that lists enough information for us to be SURE that we have the right person.
Last Updated: 5 September 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
How do you know if your genealogy research is successful? There is a lot of guesswork and uncertainty in genealogy.
Last Updated: 1 July 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
Article by Sunny Jane Morton with Cheryl Felix McClellan July 26, 2017: Follow these tips to capture—and keep—a young person’s family history focus.
Last Updated: 29 October 2017   [Located in Category: Category 1 (Public)]
Blog article Posted on April 12, 2018 by Trevor Hammond on Fishwrap, the official blog of Newspapers.com
Last Updated: 14 April 2018   [Located in Category: Skills]
Family History Daily article.
Last Updated: 12 July 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
BLOG article by Lisa Lisson. Sometimes we just need to know the records to find. Sometimes we need to know who to ask.
Last Updated: 29 October 2017   [Located in Category: Vital Records]
My Heritage guest post by Jennifer Mendelsohn. December 20, 2017. Professional genealogists actually have clear standards for how they conduct research. The professional bible known as Genealogy Standards, published by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, lays out a five-point protocol known as the Genealogical Proof Standard. And, while it might be unrealistic to expect that every casual user working on an online family tree can be held to that professional standard, especially when they’re just getting started, it’s worth looking at what the Genealogical Proof Standard entails and how beginners can learn from it.
Last Updated: 14 January 2018   [Located in Category: Skills]
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: A little-known program of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides genealogy information that may be difficult or impossible to obtain elsewhere. The records include naturalization files, visa applications, and citizenship tests, and may reveal family secrets and mysteries. In addition to relatives, historians or researchers can also request files. Under the USCIS Genealogy Program, which started in 2008,...
Last Updated: 24 December 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
**Ancestry.com Library Edition (FREE) is available at the Ames Public Library.** At homepage (amespubliclibrary.org)>Research>Genealogy>databases... ALSO at Iowa Genealogical Society Library(http://iowagenealogy.org/?page_id=24) in Des Moines, Iowa. ALSO at Family History Center(https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Ames_Iowa_Family_History_Center) at 2524 Hoover Ave. Ames, IA 50010
Last Updated: 29 October 2017   [Located in Category: Ancestry.COM]
Article from Family History Daily: Excerpt from Lesson 5: Avoiding Location Search Traps in Your Ancestry.com Searches. How to be more effective in SEARCH by narrowing results by avoiding " the location autocomplete." When searching a record collection, whether you are using exact or inexact locations (or other fields), take the time to make sure your locations match those in the collection you are targeting.
Last Updated: 29 October 2017   [Located in Category: Ancestry.COM]
short video from Ancestry Academy
Last Updated: 29 October 2017   [Located in Category: Ancestry.COM]
This site is for both the beginning and experienced genealogist. It has links to many types of resources and includes help for beginners. Anne Livingston teaches genealogy classes.
Last Updated: 28 June 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
Article by Nancy Hendrickson February 21, 2018: Not getting the results you want on Ancestry.com? Our close look at the site’s search options will help you refocus those off-target searches to find your ancestors’ records.
Last Updated: 29 March 2018   [Located in Category: Skills]
Article by David A. Fryxell July 22, 2014 at Family Tree Magazine.
Last Updated: 23 November 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
The full manuscript contains a condensed history of the state of Iowa, a number of biographies of distinguished citizens of the state of Iowa, a descriptive history of Story county and 229 selected biographical sketches of the citizens of Story County, Iowa.
Last Updated: 4 July 2017   [Located in Category: Story County]
Article from Family History Daily: FamilySearch.org has created new Facebook groups. I joined them all.
Last Updated: 2 November 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
Ever try entering extracted census data into your genealogy program’s text editor? You probably noticed that it isn’t set up for the kind of information recorded in census tables. The mess and frustration led to the creation of our first spreadsheet in 2001 so the data could be electronically preserved in an easy to view format. 40+ genealogy spreadsheets later, CensusTools provides researchers with quality tools to electronically record, preserve and archive family history data. Includes spreadsheets for Iowa census. $$
Last Updated: 13 June 2017   [Located in Category: Charts, Forms, and Templates]
From ANCESTRY.COM: Download these charts and forms to organize your research. Organize your family on blank census forms.
Last Updated: 1 July 2017   [Located in Category: Charts, Forms, and Templates]
The “Secret” Codes on Death Certificates That Can Tell You How Your Ancestors Died. To find the list of codes visit this page and then choose the revision that encompasses the year of your certificate. Because updates were/are made to the database about every 10 years you will need to access the correct revision. Information can change dramatically from revision to revision, so making sure you have the correct one is very important.
Last Updated: 15 June 2017   [Located in Category: Vital Records]
Article by Bill Dollarhide Posted on April 6, 2012: Here are ten places to look for a death record. All ten sources should be obtained for every ancestor on your pedigree chart, and every member of a family on your family group sheet.
Last Updated: 23 August 2017   [Located in Category: Vital Records]
Story City Herald (1894-2013) 64,967 Pages/ The Messenger (1897-1901) 750 Pages/ Story City News (1887-1889) 416 Pages/ South Hamilton News (1970-1970) 12 Pages.
Last Updated: 19 April 2018   [Located in Category: Story County]
Article from Family History Daily. BACK IT UP.
Last Updated: 27 November 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
Whether you have photographs, documents, articles, books, transcriptions or other materials that you'd like to share with others, Genealogy Today can assist in cataloging and publishing (i.e. hosting) them online.
Last Updated: 6 February 2018   [Located in Category: Category 1 (Public)]
BLOG By Denise May Levenick | March 22, 2017. ..a file naming scheme...E – A – S – Y Eliminate Special Characters, Avoid Spaces and Periods, Short is Better, Year First for Dates.
Last Updated: 5 August 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
View websites of other Family, Historical, and Genealogy societies by selecting portfolio from the menu at EasyNetSites. EasyNetSites is a web-based application designed to provide needed tools for today’s genealogical, family, and historical societies and organizations. If you can work with a word processor and fill out web forms, you can build a powerful and attractive site....Cemetery and Funeral Home Research Specialists: https://gentreasures.com
Last Updated: 9 July 2017   [Located in Category: Category 1 (Public)]
Blog article by jessaroni "Do As I'm Doing" multiple posts that can be found here: Part 2 – Materials; Part 3 – Dividers; Part 4 – Photos; Part 5 – Timelines and Maps; Part 6 – Documents.
Last Updated: 2 October 2017   [Located in Category: Charts, Forms, and Templates]
From MID-CONTINENT PUBLIC LIBRARY: Note on fillable PDFs: Many of the forms have been designed as fillable PDFs. To use the fillable functionality, right click on the title and choose "Save link as" or "Save target as." Once you've saved the file, you can open it with Adobe Reader and fill in the form.
Last Updated: 13 June 2017   [Located in Category: Charts, Forms, and Templates]
Family history stories revealed through the memories of your relatives bring a level of colour and detail to your genealogy research that you won't find elsewhere.
Last Updated: 10 September 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
Welcome to Course 1. This course will cover some of the basics of getting ORGANIZED.
Last Updated: 1 July 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
More than 100 family tree templates you can download and print for free. Or, download customizable versions for just $4.
Last Updated: 12 June 2017   [Located in Category: Charts, Forms, and Templates]
A Free Downloadable E-book with Tips on Organizing Your Genealogy
Last Updated: 13 July 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
This free, printable family history table is a great alternative to a family tree. More information can be entered, like the husband and wife's names, birth and death dates, marriage, birth and death places, and children. Perhaps take several copies to a family reunion for collecting information from your living relatives.
Last Updated: 22 July 2017   [Located in Category: Charts, Forms, and Templates]
Family History Books is a collection of more than 325,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications... from partner institutions
Last Updated: 13 June 2017   [Located in Category: Online Books]
Basic beginning information of How to Use the Pedigree Chart & Family Group Sheet.
Last Updated: 10 September 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
Find A Grave is a free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members. With millions of names, it's an invaluable tool. You may want to register to have privilege of editing, linking, and requesting photos, and/or contributing as a volunteer. A mobile app is available.
Last Updated: 12 June 2017   [Located in Category: Vital Records]
Article from Family History Daily:
Last Updated: 29 October 2017   [Located in Category: Ancestry.COM]
Make key discoveries generation by generation with the full collection of US Census records from 1790 to 1940 at findmypast.com FREE
Last Updated: 21 June 2017   [Located in Category: Vital Records]
From B&F: Jewish Genealogy and More! These forms are designed to work together. For example, you can use a Sibling form to add children to a Family Form, or use it as a list of siblings of a Source Person or one of their parents on the Ancestor Form. When you fill out a Family Form for parents that are in an Ancestor Form, you can link the two by adding the number of the Family Form to the Ancestor form (between the names of the parents).
Last Updated: 22 July 2017   [Located in Category: Charts, Forms, and Templates]