“Getting Ready to Write Your Ancestor’s Story”


Alissa Stoehr will give a presentation on “Getting Ready to Write Your Ancestor’s Story,” at the January Story County Genealogical Society meeting. The theme for the SCGS programs and the Genealogy Plus programs for 2019 is “writing your ancestor’s story.” This January program is the first of four monthly programs by Professor Stoehr, ISU.


Each participant in the writing class will chose their own project to work on through the classes. That project may be a short story about a particular event or a longer narrative about generation of your family. The project will help put the writing skills learned into practice.


Dr. Stoehr, of the ISU sociology department and herself a published author, will conduct four classes on writing basics and these classes will be held during the SCGS monthly meetings, January-April, which meets the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.


Alissa will also attend SCGS’s monthly help sessions (as her schedule allows) to help you with the writing elements of your project. The next help session is Wednesday, Jan. 23. 10 a.m.-noon at the Ames Public Library.


The program, at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., is free and open to the public. The Society’s website is at www.storygenes.com.


“Changing Demographics in Your Ancestors’ Time”


The January Genealogy Plus! guest speaker, Dr. Paul Lasley, will present “Changing Demographics in Your Ancestors’ Time.” Dr. Lasley returns to discuss change and shifts in social strata: how our ancestors’ lives changed due to influences and pressures of advertising, urbanism, consumerism, emerging professions and technology.


Dr. Lasley is a professor of sociology at ISU. His research focuses on the organization of U.S. agriculture and how changes in agriculture affect rural communities. A major focus of his research examines trends in rural culture and what these trends suggest about the future of rural communities, families and social organizations.


Genealogy Plus! is co-sponsored by Story County Genealogy Society and the Ames Public Library. SCGS created this monthly education series to promote genealogical skill building for successful research.


The Genealogy Plus! program is Wednesday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m.-noon at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., and is free and open to the public.