Alice Hoyt Veen (CG) is the featured speaker at the Story County Genealogical Society Spring Conference on April 29, “Genealogy Basics: Fundamentals for Family Historians.”

Alice Hoyt Veen, a Certified Genealogist (CG), was certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists in 2014. As the founder of Prairie Roots Research, she provides professional genealogical and historical research services to clients who seek superior solutions presented in historical context. She specializes in Iowa and Midwestern research, with special emphasis on military research and Midwestern connections to American colonial roots.

Alice has been a dedicated genealogist for more than thirty years. A native of Iowa, she grew up in the farm country of Monroe and Mahaska counties, an area with a rich history. She has been a volunteer researcher for the Mahaska County Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Cemeteries since 1998 and has researched, cataloged and archived historical artifacts as a volunteer for Forest Park Museum in Dallas County. She has presented several times at the Genealogy Plus! programs in Ames, as well as taught genealogy classes at the Iowa Genealogical Society Library in Des Moines.

The Story County Genealogical Society Spring Genealogy Conference will be a full day of genealogy education. There will be two morning and two afternoon sessions. Alice will be presenting on the process of getting organized and understanding the process of research with tools to help. The afternoon sessions include two of the richest resource areas for your research.

Conference Sessions

Introduction to Genealogy: Learn the basics you need to tell the story of your family. This is a hands-on session, materials provided.

Research Plans & Logs: Where are you going? Where have you been?

Federal Census Records: Pathway to the Past — one of the first sources genealogists check and loaded with valuable information about your family.

Courthouse Research: A Treasure Trove for Family Historians — discover the variety of records to be found in courthouses, how to find and understand.

This Spring Genealogy Conference is free, but preregistration is required to ensure everyone receives conference materials. A catered box lunch is available for purchase ($15) ONLY at the time of registration. No lunches will be sold the day of the conference. However, you may preregister (free) and bring your own lunch.

To register and find more information, please go to Please register before April 25.

The SCGS Spring Genealogy Conference, “Genealogy Basics: Fundamentals for Family Historians,” is April 29, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., and is free and open to the public. This conference is jointly sponsored by the Story County Genealogical Society, Ames Public Library and APL Friends Foundation.