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Saturday April 12 – MHS Topics on Family History

Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to preserve and share your family stories and family research with others! It’s visual, creative, appealing to family members of all ages, and fun.

This Saturday, April 12, you can learn to create your own heritage scrapbooks. Join Sara Markoe Hanson, Executive Director of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (including break) in the second floor library classroom at the Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul.

Sara is a lifelong family historian and a long-time scrapbooking enthusiast. She has scrapbooked family moments ranging from daily fun and family vacations to branches of her family tree. She especially enjoys bringing ancestors to life by sharing their personalities with current generations in her heritage albums.

Sara’s presentation will show you how to select appropriate materials to preserve your images and information and how to organize and format your stories and data. Sara will discuss both digital and traditional paper scrapbooking and provide examples of both styles.

The cost of the workshop is $28 for MGS and MHS members and $32 for non-members. Register online at http://tickets.mnhs.org/default.asp?cgcode=50.

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Webinar Wednesday: Writing and Publishing Your Family History

CoffinL-smallAre you wondering how to share all the wonderful information, photos, and artifacts you’ve collected in your family history research?

Join Linda Coffin this Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. for MGS’ free webinar. During the webinar, Linda will examine ways to write and publish your family history. She will also talk about organizing content, presenting photographs and other images effectively, and choosing the publishing option that works best for your audience.

Linda’s vocational and avocational experiences make her a great guide for exploring how to write and publish what you’ve found. Linda began her career as a publication designer in 1980, just about the same time that she discovered genealogy as a hobby. More than two decades later, she realized that she was bored with designing newsletters and annual reports. When she entered the world of personal histories in 2004, she found a career that combined her graphic design skills with her love of memoir, genealogy, and history. Now her business, HistoryCrafters, helps people publish their memoirs and family histories in forms that can be distributed to family and friends. For the past two years, Linda has also been the Executive Director of the Association of Personal Historians, an international membership organization for those who do personal history work.

To register for the free webinar, click this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4118818193499352834.

To participate, you will need  a Windows or Mac computer, fast Internet connection, and microphone and speakers (either built into your computer or USB headset). You can also participate using iOS or Android mobile devices. For more details on system requirements, go to http://support.citrixonline.com/webinar/all_files/G2W010003.

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Join Us March 22 for Genealogy 101 Session 5

Now you have gleaned all the information possible from the records you have found, and it’s time to put this new information together with what you knew before.

This Saturday, March 22, from 1-4 at MGS, Genealogy 101 instructors Peggy Larson, Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., John Schade and David Suddarth will show you how to integrate your discoveries by using timelines and spreadsheets and how to identify the next steps for your research.

During this session you will practice evaluating genealogical evidence and resolving conflicts as you learn the five components of the Genealogical Proof Standard and apply the GPS to a sample research report. This is the final session of this spring’s Genealogy 101 series which covers Step 5 of our five-step process for beginning and continuing your family history research: Use What You Learned.

The class fee is $15 for members and non-members. You can register for this individual session at http://mngs.ens-4.com/blog/?page_id=97&action=evregister&event_id=53.

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Saturday March 15–MHS Topics on Family History and Genealogy 101 Session 4

On Saturday March 15, MGS is offering two education opportunities. You can start off at MHS with MHS Topics on Family History–Women in the Family, and round off your day at MGS, with Genealogy 101, Step 4: Learn from the Source.

In the morning class, Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG, talks about the challenges that family history researchers face in identifying wives, finding women’s parents, locating daughters, and documenting major life events for female members of the family. Women have always been the “social glue” that kept generations together, but their stories are often left untold.

From 10:00 to 12:30 (including break) in the second floor library classroom at the Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellog Blvd., St. Paul, Alice’s workshop focuses on these challenges, and also on the opportunities they provide for learning about your female ancestors. Alice will cover both traditional genealogical approaches to researching women and little used ones, while stirring in a bit of DNA research. This is a “hands-on” workshop–part lecture, part group work, and all problem solving!

The cost of the workshop is $28 for MGS and MHS members and $32 for non-members. Register online at http://tickets.mnhs.org/default.asp?cgcode=50.

In the afternoon at MGS, from 1:00-4:00, join Genealogy 101 instructors Peggy Larson, Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., John Schade, and David Suddarth as they discuss taking useful notes, capturing source information, extracting information from records, creating source citations, getting the most of each record, and identifying clues for further research.

This is the fourth session of this spring’s Genealogy 101 series which covers Step 4 of our five -step process for beginning and continuing your family history research: Learn from the Source.

The class fee is $15 for members and non-members. You can register for this session at http://www.mngs.org/blog/?page_id=97&action=evregister&event_id=53.

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Dutch Genealogy Webinar March 5

Are you bogged down in your search for your Low Country ancestors?  Don’t just tilt at windmills! Join J. H. Fonkert, CG, for a free MGS webinar, Klompen Genealogy: Finding Dutch and Frisian Roots, Wednesday March 5 at 7 p.m. Central time.

This hour-long webinar will give you an overview of Dutch and Frisian immigration to North America, an introduction to the basics of Dutch civil and church records, and examples of how to search Dutch and Frisian records on the Internet.

A stubborn half-Dutchman, Jay has spoken on Dutch genealogy and conferences and workshops across the county.

Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4957107848573596418.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Join Us March 1 for Genealogy 101 Session 3

Every genealogist needs to master five essential kinds of genealogical source records: birth, marriage and death records; census records; church and cemetery records; immigration records; and naturalization records. These five kinds of records are the foundation for genealogical research.

This Saturday, March 1, from 1-4 at MGS, Genealogy 101 instructors Peggy Larson, Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., John Schade and David Suddarth will introduce these five foundation types. During this session you will examine examples of each type and learn what information they contain. You’ll also learn places to find each type of source on- and offline, and how to use them.

This is the third session of this spring’s Genealogy 101 series which covers Step 3 of our five-step process for beginning and continuing your family history research: Locate a Useful Source.

The class fee is $15 for members and non-members. You can register for this session at http://www.mngs.org/blog/?page_id=97&action=evregister&event_id=53.

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Learn about the Daughters of the American Revolution at the DAR Workshop February 23

Have you ever been curious about the Daughters of the American Revolution? Perhaps you have family members or friends who have joined this women’s lineage society, founded in 1890. Perhaps you have an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War, or think you do, and want to learn more.

On Sunday February 23, from 1-4, in partnership with the Minnesota State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, MGS will co-sponsor a free workshop for women like you who are interested in learning more about the DAR and/or applying for DAR membership. The co-sponsors invite prospective members of Minnesota DAR chapters, MGS members, and any women interested in investigating DAR membership to this event. (Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership.)

During the afternoon there will be brief presentations on becoming a DAR member and researching a lineage, as well as tours of MGS’ 30,000 volume library. During the workshop, participants will be able to consult DAR genealogists and conduct research in the MGS library’s collection and online databases.

The workshop is free, but in order to ensure that there are plenty of handouts for everyone, please register in advance at http://www.mngs.org/blog/?page_id=97&action=evregister&event_id=54.

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Join Us for Genealogy 101 Session 2 on February 22!

One of the most common problems genealogists run into is working hard without making much progress. Common causes of this phenomenon are researching too broadly/failing to focus on actionable research questions, failing to create and carry out research plans, and not knowing which sources can answer commonly asked questions (and where to find them).

This Saturday, February 22, from 1 to 4 at MGS, Genealogy 101 instructors Lois Mackin, John Schade, and David Suddarth talk about focusing your research, defining projects, articulating research questions you can sink your teeth into, and creating workable research plans. They’ll also give you an overview of which genealogical sources contain information on common research questions and a review of the library and online resources that contain information you need to flesh out your family’s story. This second session of this spring’s Genealogy 101 series covers Step 2 of our five-step process for beginning (and continuing) your family history research: Decide What You Want to Learn.

The class fee is $15 for members and non-members. Register  at http://www.mngs.org/blog/?page_id=97&action=evregister&event_id=53.

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What Every Genealogist Should Learn from African-American Research–Saturday February 15 at MHS

February is Black History Month. Genealogists working on African-American research face challenges of changing names, elusive identities, missing records, and records that were never kept.

The keys to success in African-American research are the same as for any kind of family history research:

  • Pose the question carefully,
  • Pay close attention to family photos, home sources, and oral history,
  • Research whole families, not just individuals, and extend your research to associates of family members,
  • Watch for changes and variations in names, whether accidental or deliberate,
  • Capture all the sources possible, and
  • Learn about the unique sources available for the place and time your ancestors lived, and the information the sources contain.

Join instructors Jerry Blue, M.L.S., and Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D. at the Minnesota Historical Society this Saturday, February 15, from 10-12:30, as they discuss these principles and show how they contribute to the solution of a tough genealogical problem–finding the grandmothers of an Arkansas woman whose parents were born in slavery. With the author’s permission, the class is based on Curtis G. Brasfield’s article “Tracing Slave Ancestors: Batchelor, Bradley, Branch, and Wright of Desha County, Arkansas,” published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly in 2004.

Cost for the class is $28 for MGS and MHS members, or $32 for non-members. Register at http://events.mnhs.org/calendar/Results.cfm?EventID=5841&CFID=36740928&CFTOKEN=36a03201d6c22707-26BFD028-5056-9350-3A369216E79189B5.

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Genealogy 101 Begins February 15

MGS’ Genealogy 101 course begins Saturday with Step 1: Write Down and Organize What You Know, presented from 1 to 4 p.m. in the MGS library classroom. In this step, researchers gather and record information from personal knowledge, family members, and genealogical sources found at home. Learn how to used family group sheets and pedigree charts to organize information about families and review effective ways to organize paper and electronic files.

This is the first class in a five-class series based on five steps for beginning (and continuing) family history research. Classes continue February 22, March 1, March 15, and March 22. You can take course sessions individually or all together. If you take all five sessions, you can complete a research project with the guidance of the instructors during the two-week break between sessions 3 and 4.

Textbook for the course is Christine Rose’s Complete Idiot’s Guide to Genealogy (third edition). Copies can be purchased for $16 on the course registration page.

Instructors are Peggy Larson, Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., John Schade, and David Suddarth.

The class fee is $15 per session for MGS members and non-members; $70 if you register for the entire five-session course. You can register for individual sessions or the entire course and purchase textbooks at http://www.mngs.org/blog/?page_id=97&action=evregister&event_id=53.

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