Ham Balls at the

Presbyterian Church

The Maxwell Presbyterian Church will be hosting their annual Ham Ball Dinner on March 25, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Come on in and enjoy a tasty homemade dinner — price per person will be a free-will offering. If you would like a carryout arranged, please contact Karmen P. at 681-3684.

Genealogy Plus!

Dennis Allen will lead this month’s Genealogy Plus! program on genealogy source evaluation, “Dearly Departed …Cemetery and Funeral Home Records,” on Wednesday, March 21, 10 a.m. to noon at the Ames Public Library. Valuable records are kept of our final departure. Cemetery files hold info about the burial or cremation, perhaps the bio, the grave marker, who paid for it and more. Funeral home records may hold “transit” forms, names of kin, funeral and casket purchase, obituary and cause of death. Fraternal or other groups may be listed that participated in the service or contributed to the costs. These are valuable records, sometimes full of surprises!

Dennis Allen lives in Des Moines and his passion is genealogy. He is widely known for his knowledge of genealogy related technology-software and designing innovative databases. He has developed an expertise in cemeteries and has created a website devoted to this area, “Genealogical Treasures” at https://gentreasures.com.

The Genealogy Plus! program is free and open to the public.