Upcoming Meetings and Events


All meetings are free and open to the public!

Regular Meetings: (6:30 pm, Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa)

 

Story County Genealogical Society Programs 2016-2017


Oct 10, 2016
Using the Library Catalog
Mary Lohr, SCGS Librarian & Genealogist

Find it at the library! Learn the secrets of effective and successful searches in the library catalogue. Knowing how to use the digital catalogue will find the valuable information at your library.


Nov 7, 2016
SCGS Annual Meeting – Election of Officers and Treats too!


December- no SCGS meeting. Genealogy Plus will host a help session however.


Jan 9, 2017

Shared Stories,” Ames Historical Society Oral History Project Teresa Larson, Historian and facilitator of the Oral History Project

The AHS Oral History project is an effort to collect memories from people who lived, worked in Ames in the 1930’s and 40’s. The project includes memories from people in all walks of life, their stories recorded.

Feb 13, 2017
Finding Your Ancestors on FamilySearch.org
Annette Anderegg, Genealogist



FamilySearch.org holds millions of records about our ancestors. Learn how to access the records, the nature of records, the value of using the Wiki and other finding aids on the site.


Mar 13, 2017
Railroad Development :

Hoboes, Gandy Dancers and Train Crews in Iowa”

Bob Bourne, Railroad Historian


The railroads helped towns grow, aided migration and employed many, including specific ethnic groups recruited for specific tasks in different regions of the country. Learn how the railroads impacted your ancestors’ lives in Iowa and where you can learn more about railroads. 


April 10, 2017
Writing Your Family Story
Shellie Orngard, Adjunct Professor, English Department, ISU



Many of us dream of writing our ancestors’ stories –but how do you get started, outline and organize our research to tell the story. How does one publish? We will give you the basics, some ideas, and get you started in writing a short story which about your ancestor. Your memoir may be selected to be read at the May meeting.


May 8, 2017
Members share their stories
Shellie Orngard, Adjunct Professor, English Department, ISU



In April, our speaker introduced basic concepts of composition related to writing family stories. Now you can submit your story and four will selected to be read at this month’s meeting.

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SCGS is a membership organization, meeting the 2nd Monday of the month, September – May, at 6:30, Ames Public Library auditorium. Genealogy Plus is the expanded genealogical education series created by SCGS and meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month also in the library auditorium. Our meetings and programs are open to the public. Join us!





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Genealogy Plus (Third Wednesday, 10 am-noon, Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas, Ames, Iowa)


Genealogy Plus – Wednesday, September 21, 10 am, Ames Public Library:   

 

Genealogy Plus! 2016-2017

Sept 21, 2016


Beginning Genealogy

Dennis Allen, Family Researcher

Want to get started on your family history? Learn about resources and techniques to use to find your ancestors. Even the experienced researcher will pick up new tips!

Oct 19


Genealogy Proof Standard

Alice Hoyt Veen, Certified Genealogist



Proof is a fundamental concept in genealogy. In order to merit confidence, each conclusion about an ancestor must have sufficient credibility to be accepted as “proved.” Learn the five elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard and hear a case study.

Nov 16


Great Depression Years

Lisa Ossian, Professor of History, DMAC

Humanities Iowa speaker

The early depression years, October 1929 –November 1932, in President Herbert Hoover’s administration, marked the depths of the Great Depression. For Iowa and the Midwest States, this time marked the middle of two decades of agricultural depression. Desperate times, but Iowans met the challenges often with wit, humor and intelligence.

Dec 21

Holiday Study Session

GP Help Session…with holiday treats!

Jan 20


Migration Patterns-

Which Way Did they Go?

Paul Lasley, Professor of Sociology, ISU


Our ancestors moved for economic, social reasons, seeking better lives. When and where our ancestors migrated tells us a lot about why they moved – adventure, bounty land, gold rush, or land deals. Records were kept, letters written, some survive and have a story to tell.

February 17

Making Sense of the Shambles:

Organizational Tools for Genealogy

Alice Hoyt Veen, CG

Family historians amass piles of research about ancestors. Learn how to organize your findings in a way that enhances your research and creates an easy reference system and accessible storage.

Mar 16

History of Education in America

Carol Alexander Phillips,

Phd in Education, University of Iowa

Learn about the birth of public education system in the U.S. Who went to school, what was the norm for grades completed, what did they study, what records can be helpful to your genealogy?

April 20

Secrets of Ancestry.com

Richard Wolfe, Retired Educator and Genealogist

Focus on Ancestry.com, it’s strengths, weaknesses, and recent updates. Learn how to effectively use the Ancestry search feature and used the educational tools and resources.

May 18

Civil War Records

Sharon Avery, Archivist, Historical Society of Iowa

The records of the Civil War hold vast genealogical value for soldiers of the North and South. Learn about these military records, what info they hold, where they may be found and how to access.


    





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