Category Archives: Story County Iowa

An Image Here and an Image There: a BillionGraves Tale

Last spring while I was off playing Grandmother, my husband Jim decided to take a “stay-cation” and found a project dear to the heart of any genealogist … photographing gravestones in area cemeteries.  (I suspect he has a few symptoms … Continue reading

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Two Serendipity Events

What person doesn’t enjoy a pleasant surprise? As a genealogy researcher, I love that “a-ha” moment of discovery, sometimes celebrated with what is known as the “genealogy happy dance.” Recently, there have been two very pleasant such events in my … Continue reading

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A Look Back at 2012

2012 was a great year for genealogy and me.  Among the highlights: * Researching the ancestry of my son-in-law’s grandmother and finding many relatives and ancestors she did not know she had.  And then finding out how much this meant … Continue reading

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An Expression of Appreciation

As an officer of the Story County Genealogical Society I have done research requests for persons across the county that have ancestors who lived in Story County (Iowa) at one time.  Some of the requests are more productive than others, … Continue reading

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This Is Why I Do Genealogy Research

In my 50 plus years of doing genealogy research a few moments stand out as completely unanticipated.  Such was the case when I was asked to research the ancestry of my son-in-law’s grandmother, Jacqueline.  It was to be presented to … Continue reading

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An Oops Moment in Program Scheduling

What a difference five years–and a group of forgiving genealogy society members–make! It was in 2006 and our local genealogy group did not have a scheduled program for our May meeting. Being fairly new to the group, and a bit … Continue reading

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Not Quite the Same

My genealogy research is so not like the television series “Who Do You Think You Are?”  The following have never happened to me: *Being able to trace back eight generations in 42 minutes. *Having no problems with two persons of … Continue reading

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