Story County Genealogy Resources

This is not a complete list.  There are also church anniversary books, centennial books, and other topical items.
The sources we check are those that are pertinent to what the requester is searching.  (Searching is limited to locations in Story County, Iowa.)

Research request form  (To use, download, fill out, and mail with a check for $15 to Story County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 692, Ames, Iowa  50010).

Vital Records began in Iowa July 1, 1880.  Some marriage records in Story County began in 1854.  (The early marriage records usually contain only the names of the bride and groom, date of marriage, and person who officiated.)

 Vital records in Story County are open for public inspection (with some exceptions), but Court House staff cannot answer specific question by phone or email.   We can check the records in the Recorder's Office but cannot make a copy of the original record.  However, staff can extract the information and provide a non-certified statement of what the record contains.  Fees vary.

Another source for Story County vital records is the Iowa Genealogical Society or the State Historical Society of Iowa.  They have microfilmed copies of birth, marriage and death record up to approximately 1930.

Some resources we can search on-site:

    Microfilmed copy of the Ames newspapers.  These date from Jan. 1877 to the present (some issues are missing).
    Ames High alumni directory : 1878-2001.

    Ames City directories; 1899 to the present.  (Scattered coverage of some years.)

    Ames High School Spirit (yearbook, from 1912, some years missing)

    Ames telephone directory, (from 1916, some years missing)

    Probate files in Story County (up to about 1941)

    Microfilmed death records (to 1941)

    Story County Grave Marker Inscriptions, v. 1-14