Open hours for consultations in the next couple weeks

As has happened before, I finished some projects and now have some open hours for genealogical consultations in the next couple of weeks.  A consultation can be done in-person, by email, regular mail, or by Skype or Google Hangout. You don’t have to live in the St. Paul and Minneapolis metropolitan area.

  • Need some side-by-side assistance at the Minnesota Historical Society to help learn the ropes there and to find records you may not know about? This includes State Archives material and manuscripts, too.
  • New to genealogy? I can give a two-hour (or more if you wish) private or group class to get you started on the correct path.
  • It’s a good way to have another set of eyes help you plan further research, figure out ways to solve a research problem, or to get some professional advice that you are going along the right path.
  • Maybe you don’t know where to find specific records or that they even exist at all. Perhaps you are having difficulty figuring out Great Grandma Annie’s maiden name. I can direct you toward the answers.
  • Do you need advice and assistance on organizing your work space or the piles that need to be filed?
  • I also provide advice on organizing, becoming a professional genealogist or lecturer, and even just listen to frustrations in name changes.

You get to say how the two-hour consultation is framed. We can even do a bit of online searching and help plan your trips to various libraries, archives, and historical societies. I have access to a wide variety of databases and online newspapers. These consultations are for U.S. and Canadian research.

Email me at PaulaStuartWarren at gmail dot com if you wish details on these consultations. You may also leave me a note as a comment to this blog post and I will contact you directly.

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More PERSI content added on findmypast

If you attended the inaugural International German Genealogical Partnership Conference last week, you may have heard me promoting PERSI which is found on The two lectures in which PERSI (PERiodical Source Index) was featured were:

  • World War I Era U.S. Alien Registrations
  • German Research Gem: Back Issues of Genealogical and Historical Periodicals

This week’s update from Findmypast includes this:

“This week we’ve updated the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), adding 14,865 new articles, and uploaded 13,039 new images to seven different publications.”

You can search in PERSI at any time, but to view the growing number of digitized articles, you do need to subscribe to findmypast. PERSI is found under the Search tab and then the category of Newspapers & periodicals.


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Paula’s genealogy presentation schedule for the balance of 2017

In addition to the Minnesota Genealogical Society’s North Star Conference I told you about yesterday, several car rides and three plane rides are in my immediate future as I do presentations at a bunch of genealogy events throughout the rest of 2017.

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October 2017 Minnesota Genealogical Society Conference

Family History Crossroads
6-7 October 2017
Earle Brown
Heritage Center,
Brooklyn Center,

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
Cyndi Ingle, creator of Cyndi’s List


Set your compass to the Tenth Annual North Star Genealogy Conference. The two-day event features:

  • Plenary lectures by nationally acclaimed genealogy educators, Paula Stuart-Warren and Cyndi Ingle (that would be Cyndi of the amazing Cyndislist!)
  • 20 breakout presentations by leading speakers from five states
  • New Location: The Earle Brown Conference Center is brimming with Minnesota heritage – it is an historic family farm converted to a modern conference center
  • Plus, exhibitors, vendors, and door prizes add to the fun!
  • DNA pre-conference day on Thursday, October 5 (already half-full)

Learning takes top billing at North Star, but it is also your opportunity to make new friends who share your enthusiasm for family history.

Paula’s presentations:

  • What Should I Do Next? Developing Step-by-Step Research Plans
  • Research Rewards in County Courthouse and Town Hall Records
  • Deeds: Much More Than Land Descriptions*
  • Awards Banquet talk: Why Do I Descend From THESE Families?

Cyndi’s presentations:

  • Pin Your Ancestors Down With Google Maps and Google Earth
  • A Guided Tour of Cyndi’s List 2.0
  • Striking Out on Their Own: Online Migration Tools and Resources
  • How the Homestead Act Shaped My Family and Maybe Yours*

*Part of a dual two-hour session in which Paula and Cyndi will engage in a give-and-take discussion of the Homestead Act, which gave thousands of settlers a foot-hold in Minnesota and the Dakotas, and of the use of land records in family history research.

Enjoy 20 breakout sessions featuring fourteen leading genealogists from Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Colorado. View Breakout Session descriptions and Speaker Bios.

For more details and to register, click here.



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Arkansas newspapers to be digitized with grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

This is an exciting press release from the Arkansas State Archives. If I say please, do you think they would do Northwest Arkansas counties first? Johnson, Newton, Pope, Washington, Franklin . . . Over the last 30 years I have done much newspaper reading onsite in Arkansas, but to have them digitized and searchable on Chronicling American is wonderful.

“The Arkansas State Archives has been awarded a grant in the amount of $208,128 for the digitization of historic Arkansas newspapers through the National Endowment of the Humanities, Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst announced today. The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) grant will allow 100,000 pages of historic Arkansas newspapers from the collections of the State Archives to be digitized and made available online for research. The project is a partnership between the Arkansas State Archives and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, which will provide technical support to Arkansas in the digitization.

Arkansas State Archives Director Dr. Lisa Speer expressed appreciation for the grant, saying, “I am delighted that the NEH selected the Arkansas State Archives’ grant application for an award. Arkansas is one of a handful of states not participating in the NDNP. This grant and collaboration with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History will benefit scholarship on our state by providing convenient access to a large body of public domain Arkansas newspapers. I’m very grateful to the MDAH for their willingness to share their expertise to help us achieve this goal.”

The project will take two years to complete. Once digitized, the newspapers will be housed online through the Chronicling America website hosted by the Library of Congress ( and will be accessible to the public for free. An announcement of which Arkansas newspapers are to be digitized will be made at a later date following the work of a selection committee.

The State Archives holds the largest and most extensive Arkansas newspaper collection in existence. Its total newspaper holdings include an estimated twenty million pages from almost 1,800 titles representing all seventy-five counties in the state.”

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War of 1812 Pension Project to Resume!

In case you haven’t seen this press release from yesterday, I am reprinting here.


August 1, 2017



Austin, Texas  – The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce National Archives staff have recently resumed document conservation of the War of 1812 Pension files covering surnames M(Moore)-Q. Document conservation is the essential first step in digitizing these files. Our digitization partner,, has scheduled image capture of these newly conserved documents to begin the second week of September 2017. As capture resumes, new images will be added to on a rolling basis. The Federation and the dedicated volunteers of the Preserve the Pensions project have worked tirelessly for well over a year to negotiate a resolution to the work stoppage. This portion of the project plan is expected to be completed by third quarter 2018.

The War of 1812 pensions are among the most frequently requested set of materials within the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), yet had never been microfilmed or digitized. Through a fundraising effort unprecedented in the genealogical community, more than 4,000 individuals, 115 genealogical and lineage societies, and industry leaders such as FamilySearch helped FGS secure the funds, matched by, to preserve and share this invaluable genealogical resource. The images already captured, as well as those soon to be, are hosted at for free, forever.

“We are grateful to our partners and NARA for their support and willingness to continue working with us towards this successful outcome. We appreciate their recognition of the unique nature of this project and the community who worked so hard to fund it.” – Rorey Cathcart, FGS President

The Federation is committed to seeing the entire collection conserved, digitized and freely online at the earliest possible date. We will continue work with our partners to secure a timeline for the remaining portion of the War of 1812 Pension files.

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New and improved location coming for the Minnesota Genealogical Society!

The exciting news is officially public. The Minnesota Genealogical Society library and offices are moving later this fall, at the end of October. Plan your research visit accordingly as there will be some down time.

The new location is 1385 Mendota Heights Road. It’s across the Minnesota River from the MSP international airport, but I don’t think river access is a good idea. It will have lots of room for classes, offices, and the wonderful library with books, microfilms, and internet access and FREE parking.

I am looking forward to this move and to spending some time there as a volunteer. Check the MGS website for details on the current location and hours.

For more details on the new location from President Linda Westrom, see the current MGS news.

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More looming cuts to records research access for genealogists

Last week the U.S. National Archives announced big changes in hours. Now the Montana Historical Society has announced changes.

We need to make our legislators at the state and national levels understand the importance of these research facilities. It’s not just for general family history research, but also affects legal research, property ownership research, Native American enrollment issues, medical research for genetic issues, and so many other reasons.



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German research conference deadline and WWI enemy alien registrations

Tomorrow, Saturday, July 1 is the final registration day for the 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference. You may register any time Saturday before registration is closed at midnight.
I am also a speaker at this conference that is taking place in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. One of my presentations at this conference is about the U. S. World War I Enemy Alien Registrations. I will present some background information on this ugly time period and how it was directed at those non-citizens of Germanic descent, tell what does still exist from all the forms that were completed, show a variety of abstracts and indexes, tell where to find some lists of those who registered (think partial substitutes), show the rise of legal cases, and inform you about one state that did registrations of all people who were not yet U.S. citizens, no matter their country of origin. All of these latter forms do exist and are housed about 30 minutes from the conference hotel!
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FGS Genealogy Conference discount deadline is July 1

This Saturday is July 1. That means it’s the last day to get the nice registration discount for the big Federation of Genealogical Societies being held Aug 30-Sept 2 in Pittsburgh. I am signed up for luncheons, the Wednesday evening boat cruise and dinner, have a list of books I need from vendors in the Exhibit Hall, and know I will be seeing some other genealogists from around the country.  I am one of the many presenters.

The FGS conference is held annually about the same time and is in a different city each year.  It’s a good kind of addiction.

It’s a nice convention center, Pittsburgh has great restaurants and places to research, and the hotels are close. The room block at the Westin has been increased to meet the demand. Peruse the program on the website and the long list of speakers and then sign up right on the website. There are some special things planned and you won’t want to miss it. #FGS2017

p.s. The Pittsburgh airport is really nice!



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