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      Story County Resources

      NEW Library Edison is now available (free) at the Ames Public Library.  Access is availalbe in the computer lab.  You will need your library card and pin number.

      The Southern California Genealogical Society offers free webinars on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of the month.

      The Iowa State University Library has an updated online genealogy guide.  Worthwhile!

      Social networking caught your eye?  Ready to try something other than Facebook?  Genealogy Wise is a genealogy social network and is part of the FamilyLink network.  The site features discussion groups, blogs, videos, photos, and a newsletter, all of which are free.

      Another alternative is the Members Section of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

      If you are just beginning your family history search, Lisa Louise Cooke's Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast is a great place to start.  And be sure to visit the FamilySearch site where you'll find research guidance, lessons, software, databases (including the 1880 US Federal Census), and access to the Family History Library catalog.  Family Search Beta, a site under construction, contains millions of records indexed by volunteers and has many images of original records. And Cyndi's List offers over 264,000 links to genealogical sites.

      Other resources to check:

      Ames Historical Society  "The mission of the Society is to identify, record, collect, preserve, and provide access to evidence of the history of Ames and its immediate vicinity from pre-settlement times to the present.  To further this mission the Society collects and preserves artifacts and archival materials, operates an 1860s one-room schoolhouse museum, and plans to create a future Ames History Center and Museum." Part of The Generations Network.  Huge collection of census records, immigration, natuarlization records, family trees, directories nad more.  Databases may be searched without charge, but some records require a paid membership. 

      Eastman's Online Genealogical Newsletter  "The Daily newsletter for genealogy consumers, packed with straight talk -- hold the sugar coating -- whether the vendors like it or not!"
      A discussion group has recently been added to this site.

      Gensoftreviews    "All the genealogy software, reviewed and rated by you."

      Iowa Genealogical Society Located in Des Moines. 

      "Our state-of-the-art facility integrates technology with traditional research. The facility provides a wireless network, high speed Internet access, a bank of computers, and a reader-printer that scans microfilm images direct to CR-ROM. There are 20,000 volumes and 15,000 microforms, including: vital records, histories, federal and state census records, military records, and more."  Monthly classes are held, both free and very low cost.

      State Historical Society of Iowa "The State Historical Society of Iowa has a dual mission of preservation and education."  Has many Iowa newspapers on microfilm.  Recently added: microfilmed records of counties in Iowa.  Find more in the catalog.

      Story County GenWeb  Lots of excellent information on research in Story County, Iowa.

      © 2011 Story County Genealogical Society

      Flowers in a stone wall in Story County, Iowa.

      You might also find these useful:

      Robert Ragan's Treasure Maps Genealogy  "Genealogy and Family Tree How-to Help"
      (Robert is the author of the popular Pajama Genealogy course.)

      Drew Smith and George P. Morgan host a one hour podcast Genealogy Guys with all the latest news and happenings in the field of genealogy.  This is the "oldest regularly produced genealogy podcast in the world."

      Lisa Louise Cooke also hosts Genealogy Gems Podcast (as well as a subscription premium program) and
      Family Tree Magazine Podcast.
      If you want to learn how to harness the power of the Internet, especially Google, to help with your genealogy searching, be sure to visit her site. Lisa has a treasure trove of podcast show notes, newsletter, blog, and videos.

      And, some Google search suggestions.

      Other helpful suggestions?

      Genealogy Tip of the Day  "Quick, Short Genealogy Tips By Michael John Neill"

      But why aren't genealogy records completely free?
      Dick Eastman explains.

      Story County Genealogical Society
      P.O. Box 692
      Ames, Iowa


      Prairie flowers in Iowa.