Upcoming Meetings and Events

All meetings are free and open to the public!

Regular Meetings: (7 pm, Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa)

Monday, October 12, 2015
Dennis Allen: "Funeral Home Documents"

Monday, November 9, 2015
Annual meeting and election of officers

No Monday SCGS Evening Meeting in December

Monday, January 11, 2016
Jim Lohr: "BillionGraves Links Families"

Monday, February 8, 2016
Suzanne Kelly: "Sleuthing 30 Years Ago and Now"

Monday, March 14, 2016
Dr. Laurent Hodges:  "Deep Ancestry Genealogy from a Personal DNA Analysis"

Monday, May 9, 2016
Ken Mahler: "Signs of the TImes: Towns in Iowa"
Genealogy Plus (Third Wednesday, 10 am-noon, Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas, Ames, Iowa)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Dennis Allen, family researcher: "Online Genealogy Database and Software Programs"

What online database or software is “right” for you? Dennis Allen will take you through the features of several programs and talk about how to select an online database or software that will meet your needs. As an added bonus, Dennis will also share his experience with cemetery research and how to clean a tombstone to reveal the information often hidden by time.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Dr. Paul Lasley, Professor and former Chair Departments Anthropology and Sociology, ISU: "American Farmers--Plowing Through History

From Colonial times through the 1800s, 90% of Americans were farmers. Many of us today descend from rural men and women. Understanding how agriculture evolved, the shifts of related businesses, crisis, and movements also gives clues to possible records of your ancestors who worked the land. How land was acquired, migrations, crop reports, organizations, county histories, WPA records—all are possible records to discover more about the lives of your rural ancestors.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Holidays, History and Help Session

Enjoy traditional holiday treats and share traditions. Bring your computer (or use a library computer) and enjoy a little research time, with help from our researchers, while you listen to holiday tunes…even the chipmunks!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
David Connon, research and writer: "Confederates from Iowa: A Few Stories Plus my Research Methods"
(This program provided through funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.)

76,500 Iowans fought for the Union, but a very few fought for the South. Why? Iowans had varying views on slavery, to abolish or not. Race riots did happen in Iowa and Abolitionists were at work in the state. David Connon will explore the pre-war, war-time, and post-war experiences of Iowans, including why some joined the Confederate Army, as well as the records of Iowa Civil War soldiers of both sides. Mr. Cannon will be available to help individuals during our second hour research time.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Mary Lohr and Bonnie Samuel, family researchers
"Learning Opportunities for Family Researchers"

Resources and materials studied in the genealogical certification process are available to anyone. Tracking your ancestors involves finding original records, knowing where or how to find data, and then analyzing the data for accuracy. In this session, Mary Lohr and Bonnie Samuel will present on historical data resources, finding aids online and off, and classes available to further your knowledge and skills. You can do it….just like the pros!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Theresa Liewer, President, Iowa Genealogical Society:
"Land Records and Family History"

Theresa Liewer, President, Iowa Genealogical Society Land records tell a story and leave a trail back to the beginning of settlement of a place. Land records cite names, dates, descriptions of property, and conditions of sale or purchase. For example, sale of property may list family, descendants, a divorce, the in-laws, etc. Owning land required the paying of taxes, allowed you to vote, produced assessment records—all historical records of your ancestors. Theresa Liewer returns to our podium to talk about the wealth of information to be found in land records

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Sharon Avery, Archivist, Iowa Historical Society:
"U.S. and State Census Records"

Census records, national and state, are a source of data about your ancestors, the places they lived, demographics, migrations of people, and more. Each census was developed by a governmental body with specific questions, and the results give researchers data to better know relatives and the lives they lived…with many a surprise as well!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Mary Lohr, family researcher"
"HeritageQuest: Census, PERSI, Revolutionary War"

Heritage Quest is a giant of a resource available for free through your library.  Mary Lohr will explain what resources Heritage Quest holds, how to access them, and what you may find.


© 2015 Story County Genealogical Society