After a nasty bout with a spring virus, I’m on the mend. It’s also been, and continues to be, a busy genealogy week. And that may just be the tonic needed!
The Story County Genealogical Society (SCGS) met Monday evening and Alan Spohnheimer presented an excellent program about the Ames Historical Society. I had no idea their website alone (one of the most extensive of historical societies in the nation) has the depth of information, much of it directly relevant to genealogy research in the Ames area.
The follow evening, two of SCGS members, Martha Deyoe and Merlene Whisenand, gave a presentation called “For the Record” at the Roland Public Library. It was well received and we’ll be doing a follow-up in early summer focusing on online genealogy research. Our group would like to do more of these learning sessions at area libraries.
My week will conclude at the Iowa Genealogical Society Spring Technology Seminar on April 16 in Des Moines. Michael Booth, a native of Ames, Iowa, will be giving four sessions on RootsMagic! It’s not every day I get to hear the vice-president and developer of a genealogy software program.
As second vice-president of IGS, I’ll be concerned with many of conference details (my first in this role!), but it looks as if the capable volunteers and staff at IGS have things very well in place. However, come Sunday I may breathe a small sigh of relief.
Genealogy– it might just be the cure for “spring fever.”