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

April 10, 2017

"Basic Computer Security"
Sam Wormley

Genealogists are spending more time online for their research, but how do we ensure that our computers are safe?  How do we stay ahead of the "bad guys" who want to infect our computers and mobile devices and do us harm?  The first line of defense is knowledge and human behavior.  These will be addressed by Sam Wormley, expert in computer security.

May 8, 2017



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!

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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