All meetings are free and open to the public!
Regular Meetings: (6:30 pm, Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa)
County Genealogical Society Programs 2016-2017
Mar 13, 2017
Gandy Dancers and Train Crews in Iowa”
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
April 10, 2017
"Basic Computer Security"
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
Holiday Study Session
GP Help Session…with holiday treats!
Did they Go?
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.
Sense of the Shambles:
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
Education in America
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?
Richard Wolfe, Retired Educator and
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.
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
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