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8/16/2012
GOT RELATIVES? 19 ‘GENEALOGY RESEARCH’ WORKSHOPS, FAMILY HISTORY FAIR OFFERED AT HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARIES THIS FALL

A family that was researching its history literally shrieked with joy upon discovering their great-grandfather’s U.S. passport application, complete with lots of biographical info and a photo, in online resources at Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis. Another library patron who had searched elsewhere, without success, for biographical information about an ancestor was delighted to find his application to join the Sons of the American Revolution in an online resource.
 
Are you researching your family’s history? This fall, genealogy research experts will present 19 free “Genealogy Research” programs and a free Family History Fair at Hennepin County libraries.
 
The experts include certified and professional genealogists and members of the Minnesota Genealogical Society plus Hennepin County Library genealogy experts. They will offer tips on search strategies and helpful resources, such as genealogy databases and websites as well as census, immigration, church, military, and cemetery records.
 
‘Genealogy Research’ series
Leading off the series on Sept. 8 is “Improve Your Internet Search.” Other programs are “Get Started,” “Add Muscle to Skeleton,” “Birth, Love, and Death,” “Using Census Records,” “Military Records,” “Family Genealogy Research Methods,” “Plan a Research Trip,” and “Document the Immigration Trail.”
 
Many of the programs are funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
 
Following are “Genealogy Research” workshops scheduled in September. For the complete schedule, go to www.hclib.org and click on Events & Classes near the top of the page.  In the search box on the right, type Genealogy Research.
 
 
Genealogy Research: Improve Your Internet Search
Brookdale Library
Saturday, Sept. 8, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-5600.
Go beyond Google. Get the most out of internet searches, genealogy websites, and learn how to best track your research from certified genealogist Tom Rice, CGSM. See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalogor Ask Us
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Genealogy Research: Get Started
Northeast Library
Thursday, Sept. 13, 7–8 p.m.
Registration required, begins Aug. 16. Register online or call 612-543-6775.
Learn how to access family history resources including census and immigration records and the best of what's available at the library and the internet from Cathi Weber, president of the Anoka County Genealogical Society. See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Genealogy Research: Add Muscle to the Skeleton
Wayzata Library
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7–8 p.m.
Registration required, begins Aug. 22. Register online or call 612-543-6150.
Genealogy software will produce the skeleton of a genealogy report. Your analysis will add the muscle, making it possible to see how the evidence hangs together. Presented by Jay Fonkert, board certified genealogist. See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Genealogy Research: Get Started
Minneapolis Central Library
Best Buy Technology Center
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Registration required, begins Aug 22. Register online or call 612-543-8000.
Learn how to access family history resources, including census and immigration records and the best of what's available at the library and the Web. Register online or by calling 612-543-8000. Offered the third Wednesday of every month.


Genealogy Research: Birth, Love and Death
Excelsior Library
Saturday, Sept. 29, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Registration required, begins Sept. 1. Register online or call 612-543-6350.
Church and cemetery records can fill in key pieces of information on your family tree. How can you access these records? Learn from Cathi Weber, president of the Anoka County Genealogical Society. See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
 
 
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Family History Fair
Looking ahead, a Family History Fair on Saturday, Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Minneapolis Central Library, will present free lectures and workshops by some of the state’s leading genealogy research experts.  More than a dozen resource groups and organizations will have resource tables at the fair. Attendees will also learn about Hennepin County Library genealogy resources and tour Minneapolis Central Library’s genealogy collection and the Government Documents collection on the fourth floor.
 
Registration is required and begins Oct. 6. Register online or call 612-543-8000.
 
Presentations are:
·         Keynote: “CSI in Genealogy: Solving Family History Mysteries” (speaker: Dr. Lois Macklin, Minnesota Genealogical Society)
·         “Putting Grandpa on the Map” – tips for finding ancestral homes in the old country (speaker: Jay Fonkert, director of the Association of Professional Genealogists)
·         “The 1940 Census” – how to use the census as a gateway to the past (speaker: David Suddarth, Minnesota Genealogical Society) 
·         “Tumultuous Times: The 1860s in Minnesota” – finding records from the Civil War, U.S.-Dakota War and the homestead era (speaker: Mary Bakeman, owner of Park Genealogical Books)
·         “Finding Family History in Military Records” – finding and using records related to military service (speaker: Tom Rice, full-time professional genealogy researcher and a director of the Irish Genealogical Society)
·         “What’s New in Internet Genealogy?” – learn about databases, indexes and family history websites (speaker: Trudi Campbell, librarian and Hennepin County Library genealogy guru)
·         “Finding First Communities in the U.S. Where Your Family Settled” – migration and settlement resources (speaker: Mary Wickersham, co-president of Midwest Ancestor Research)
 
The Family History Fair is presented in collaboration with the Minnesota Genealogical Society and the Friends of the Minneapolis Central Library. More details will be available in the weeks ahead.
 
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Also at Minneapolis Central Library, genealogists volunteer their assistance each week on the 4th floor near Special Collections. Four computers dedicated for genealogy research are available as well as microfiche readers to access early city directories and early phone books.  The schedule: Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m.; Wednesdays, 10-1 p.m.; first Tuesday of the month, 1-4 p.m.; second & fourth Thursday of the month, 5-8 p.m.; and first & third Saturday of the month, noon-4 p.m.
 
“There have been so many successes in helping people with their genealogies,” said Jeanne Boutang Croud of Minneapolis, one of the volunteers. “Most of those successes would seem like a small thing to many people but are just the one piece needed for someone to continue their research and is a huge thing to the researcher involved.”
 
For information about Hennepin County Library:  www.hclib.org


Note: 'Genealogy Research' program title corrected in headline 8/20/12.


8/16/2012


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