Story County Genealogical Society
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Story County Genealogical Society
Story County, Iowa, USA
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BLOG article by Kimberly Powell Updated March 03, 2017
Last Updated: 25 June 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
BLOG aricle 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: 15 August 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 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]
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]
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: 17 July 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
**Ancestry.com Library Edition (FREE) is available at the Ames Public Library.** At homepage (amespubliclibrary.org)>Research>Genealogy>Access HeritageQuest Online. From left menu on this page choose "Ames Public Library" to learn more.
Last Updated: 17 July 2017   [Located in Category: Libraries in Story county]
short video from Ancestry Academy
Last Updated: 9 September 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
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]
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]
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 Ontario Genealogical Society Quinte Branch in Trenton has posted online handouts that were distributed to members of its computer special interest group (SIG) during the past eight months... Tech SIG
Last Updated: 5 August 2017   [Located in Category: Category 1 (Public)]
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]
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)]
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]
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]
BLOG article by Nancy Hendrickson: How to Research
Last Updated: 25 June 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
From St. Louis Genealogical Society. Some of the Free Research Forms are interactive. Alice Hoyt Veen and Nancy like these.
Last Updated: 2 August 2017   [Located in Category: Charts, Forms, and Templates]
BLOG article by Dennis Partridge | Jan 4, 2016 Did you know you’re suppose to actually investigate a genealogical source before you use it?
Last Updated: 4 July 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
Article from Family History Daily: Looking for a simple way to search millions of records from dozens of genealogy websites in one place? This free genealogy search engine allows you to quickly locate documents for your family tree on a wide variety of large research sites, in state and regional archives and on government record pages.
Last Updated: 21 August 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
News about upcoming hangouts, meetings and webinars offered throughout the online genealogy community. GeneaWebinars provides a single place to find out about upcoming events. Imagine, one calendar, and links to information on each webinar presentation in a single, centralized spot on the web.
Last Updated: 27 June 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
Free Genealogy Book Search. it's huge and has only genealogy books from FamilySearch, Internet Archive and others
Last Updated: 13 June 2017   [Located in Category: Online Books]
Search the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books.
Last Updated: 13 June 2017   [Located in Category: Online Books]
HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
Last Updated: 13 June 2017   [Located in Category: Online Books]
Article from Family Tree Magazine 1 Aug 2017
Last Updated: 9 August 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
BLOG article by Genealogy Girl Talks: Pinterest as a place to bookmark my favorite websites that contain valuable information that I would like to come back to. These are referred to as "pins" and they are placed onto "boards" on Pinterest. Pinterest is similar to the Favorites tab on your desktop computer except it is prettier, organized, and filled with images. The pins also contain links to the websites you wish to bookmark.
Last Updated: 15 August 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
"Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources" is an excellent reference tool for all genealogists. As for county records, the book is divided into chapters by states.
Last Updated: 6 July 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
BLOG article by Lisa Lisson: PERSI is the Periodical Source Index and is the locator guide of over 2.5 million publications. FindMyPast hosts the PERSI index (previously found on the Allan County Public Library site). You will need a subscription to the FindMyPast site. Search PERSI by subject or record type – not by individual ancestors’ names. The 22 subject headings include biographies, church records, court records, etc.
Last Updated: 16 September 2017   [Located in Category: Online Books]
Article from Family Tree Magazine
Last Updated: 18 June 2017   [Located in Category: Online Books]
Last Updated: 4 August 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
Last Updated: 13 June 2017   [Located in Category: Online Books]
BLOG article by Michael Booth posted June 28, 2017
Last Updated: 10 July 2017   [Located in Category: Category 1 (Public)]
Most numbering systems are used to display descendants of a given ancestor, while one, the ahnentafel, is used to display the ancestors of an individual.
Last Updated: 10 August 2017   [Located in Category: Skills]
This website is a directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices and registers, obituaries, wills and probate records, and cemetery burials. You can also find information here about searching the Social Security Death Index online....Select a State...
Last Updated: 4 August 2017   [Located in Category: Vital Records]
Research guide from ANCESTRY.COM: Revolutionary War (4 pages)
Last Updated: 1 July 2017   [Located in Category: Vital Records]