Hubbard County, Minnesota records preservation

Records preservation and access is of vital importance to family historians. On Saturday, 21 September, The Park Rapids Express carried an article about an important transfer of township level records to the proper storage facilities at the Minnesota State Archives. It also told of efforts to discover more township records from the county. The Hubbard County Recorder Nicole Lueth is behind this effort and is working with the county board.

“Lueth said these records are particularly valuable to the state archives “because they can put a certain individual in a certain place geographically and a certain timeframe. . .Genealogists like to create layers of information to substantiate their family’s history.”

The state archives staff will collect the records, do needed repairs, and make them available for research.

The records to be transferred are township birth and death registers; township chattel mortgage record books and indexes (1913), and the county’s Motor Vehicle Index 1 (1919-1921).

The full article can be accessed here.




A neat award for me: Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Professional Genealogy

Back in the early 1980s I heard a genealogy speaker talk about the soon to be released 1910 census. What? That census was already available to researchers. I vowed that I would continue learning, try to stay up-to-date, and hopefully do my talks with current information. As a professional genealogist who does research for clients, coaches those who are just starting heir family history, or who need an extra set of eyes to figure out what to do next, and love to share what I learn, I am not perfect. (I also write long sentences.) Sometimes life interferes and once in a while, a legal client case must take preference. Family emergencies, illness, deaths, and a lot of joyous occasions take precedence at times.

I love my chosen occupation and while it hasn’t provided a mansion, lake home, or annual vacations, it’s mine. It’s also the occupation of many others. We are great at delving into records, seeing clues you may have missed, and telling you about all the records and places to research that contain fantastic information.

I joined the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) in 1989 and about to renew my membership for another year. I served on the Executive Committee for two years and have been a part of several committees over the years. On 19 September 2019, I received a special honor from this organization.

The Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Professional Genealogy was presented at the Association of Professional Management Conference in Salt Lake City to me. Yes, me! It’s an honor for which I just had to be present to receive. I saw many colleagues that I hadn’t seen in several years, saw lots of students I had taught at seminars and institutes, and that made the day even better.

The award is named for a long-time friend who lost a battle to cancer in 2018. Laura was a professional in all aspects of life and served as an APG President. This award is given to recognize “service to the field of professional genealogy, in recognition of exemplary professionalism and continuing encouragement to other professional genealogists. It acknowledges those with a career devoted to uplifting fellow genealogists and improving their career circumstances and opportunities, and dedicated service to the field of professional genealogy.”

As APG Vice-President David McDonald read a short bit about me, I felt special, then I walked up to receive the beautiful etched award from President Billie Fogarty. The tears began. Then the doggone audience stood and clapped. Yes, more tears. I love my colleagues. I have learned much from them, too. We need each other.

Now back to some client research I am doing at the Family History Library while I am in Salt Lake City. An added benefit of this trip.

Legacy Family Tree webinars celebrates #1000!

Today, Legacy Family Tree webinars celebrates its webinar # 1,000! It’s also the 10 year anniversary of this webinar series. Celebrate the “1,000th webinar together as we recall the history, relive the bloopers, remember the emotions, and view never-before-revealed insights of the behind-the-scenes of the webinar series that revolutionized genealogy education.”

It’s beginning shortly so register right now!

Friday, September 20, 2019

  • 2:00 pm Eastern
  • 1:00pm Central
  • 12:00pm Mountain
  • 11:00am Pacific
  • 6:00pm GMT


The new limit for live attendees is 3,000, so invite everyone you know!
I’ve been privileged to present several webinars for this series and I know Geoff Rasmussen, Marian Pierre Louis, and the rest of the team do a wonderful job. As for the bloopers, I wonder who will be in those!

Live streaming of MyHeritageLIVE

From MyHeritage: “The live stream will be available on the MyHeritage LIVE website and on the MyHeritage Facebook page, so please tune in from 9:00 a.m. Amsterdam time on September 7th. If you need help calculating the time difference to your local time zone, you can use

Make sure to visit the conference website to see the full schedule.”

For my Central Time Zone here in Minnesota that’s 2:00 a.m. on the 7th. I might still be awake.



Calling Harvey Girls or descendants to St. Louis Sept. 13

News feed reminders often bring railroad news to me. If you have heard any of my various lectures on railroad employees and finding records, you know it includes discussion of the Harvey Girls as an example of workers related to the railroad industry, but who didn’t work directly for a railroad.

A September 13, 2019 celebration at the St. Louis, Missouri Union Station includes a tribute to Fred Harvey and his railroad-related businesses.

“All aboard! Calling all Harvey Girls & Harvey workers or their descendants, and St. Louis railroad history fans. You’re invited to this free reception to celebrate the Fred Harvey heritage at St. Louis Union Station as part of the station’s 125th anniversary celebrations . . . If you are a Harvey Girl or a Harvey Girl descendant who will be attending, send a note to us at so we can welcome you!”

Read more details here or here.

If I didn’t already have a couple extra busy weeks in September, I might have attended!

Family Tree Magazine is recycling old articles without proper identification

Frustrated and embarrassed when a genealogical publication reprints something I wrote 15 years ago and didn’t even check to see about updates. Yes, my name was on the article in the current issue of Family Tree Magazine. My guide to Montana research was compiled and published in 2005. A fellow researcher who subscribes to the magazine called this to my attention. She had noticed some things were outdated. Yankee Publishing has acquired Family Tree Magazine from F+W Media and I would imagine this is not up to Yankee Publishing standards. Things change so quickly and 15 years means much needed to be updated. Basics in genealogy stay the same, but other things are changing almost by the hour. It’s not fair to subscribers of Family Tree Magazine either, as they may assume I am not up-to-date. My reputation and future income is at stake. Other authors are also finding that older articles they wrote are being republished in Family Tree Magazine. Some have them named as author and others omit the author name. No matter what our original contracts with FTM said, it’s not fun to see something we initially wrote being recycled without a disclaimer. as to who and when it was written. I am proud of my reputation in my chosen field and am sorry that subscribers are being fooled.

Yes, I have older blog posts and other articles that can be found online, but they are identified by date so that someone knows to search for updated information. I have articles in many older genealogical publications and have published books. All those clearly define when it was published. Some articles on the Family Tree website are attributed to FTM staff, but were written by many of my colleagues.

I hope Yankee Publishing clears up this mess and can assure paying subscribers of FTM that they are getting current information and that previous authors are not being embarrassed. I assume that Yankee Magazine is above such a mess. will let readers know if I hear from both FTM and Yankee Publishing.

Added: interesting quote from Dick Eastman’s 22 July 2019 Online Genealogy Newsletter: “Yankee Publishing has a great vision for Family Tree,” said Andrew Koch, editor of the magazine. “As part of YPI, we’ll continue bringing the best genealogy advice and resources to our readers so they can discover their ancestors and connect to their roots.”

Big genealogy conference in Minnesota in October!

Visit the Minnesota Genealogical Society North Star Page for Registration Links!
October 4-5, 2019
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth, MN
Mark your calendar for the 12th Annual North Star Genealogy Conference, October 4-5, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West. Learn from featured speaker John Philip Colletta and 20 other topical breakout presentations, win door prizes and meet exhibitors and vendors. Then enjoy the MGS 50th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Banquet. For more information, visit the North Star 2019 page.
Featuring John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., 
one of genealogy’s favorite story-tellers.
Dr. Colletta will present 5 plenary sessions at the conference:
  • Assembling and Writing a Narrative Family History
  • Private Archives: What They Are and How to Use Them
  • Passenger Arrival Records, 1820-1930s: Source and Strategies for Challenging Cases
  • The 17,000,000 Stories of Ellis Island: What’s Fact? What’s Myth?
  • Only a Few Bones: Case Studies in Assembling Sources to Reconstruct Real-Life Events
PLUS register for the MGS 50th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Banquet 
Come celebrate the First 50 Years
of the Minnesota Genealogical Society! 
Friday, October 4, 6:00–8:30p.m. 
Featuring guest speaker David Rencher!
Come celebrate our 50th anniversary at this special Celebration and Awards banquet at the conference location! David Rencher, Chief Genealogist for FamilySearch and Director of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City will be our guest speaker. Banquet attendees will receive a booklet about the first 50 years of MGS compiled by Paula Stuart-Warren (with the assistance of a committee) and a commemorative pin. You do not have to be registered for the conference to attend this banquet.
I hope to see you there! I will be doing two presentations and part of one panel.

Attending the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in DC next week?

If you are attending the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference next week in Washington, DC, here’s a special offer from one of the vendors, Findmypast.

From the FMP blog: “Will you be joining us in Washington, D.C. for the FGS Conference 2019? This incredible family history event, organized by the Federation of Genealogical Societies, is happening this coming August 21-24 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel and, as always, is a must-attend for all keen family historians. As proud sponsors, we’ve got an exciting array of activities and giveaways lined up for FGS Conference 2019, including;

Claim your FREE DNA kit and Findmypast subscription

Stop by the Findmypast booth (#110) in the Vendor Hall to meet the team and take advantage of our amazing event offer. Exclusive to FGS attendees, we will be offering a FREE Findmypast DNA kit for every GEDCOM uploaded to the Findmypast family tree while at the booth.

Plus, your free kit will come preloaded with a complimentary 14-day subscription to Findmypast’s record collections, giving you the ultimate family history experience. It’s first come, first served while limited stocks last on this unbeatable offer, so be quick.

Next 2 genealogy presentations: Wisconsin and a webinar

Two very different presentations are on my calendar over the next ten days. One is online as a webinar and the other is an in-person event. Both are free and open to the public.

August 3, 2019, Saturday, Webinar
Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree FREE webinar. “Railroad Records Research in Today’s World.” 1:00 EDT, Noon CDT, 11:00 MDT, and 10:00 a.m. PDT. The presentation is accompanied by an extensive handout. Learn techniques for locating more information on railroad workers, the variety of records available, free finding aids, and many helpful websites.

August 8, 2019, Thursday, Hudson, Wisconsin
Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free lecture and handout: “Genealogy and the Internet” in which you’ll learn about some cool websites, deep searching on them, tricks for general searches, and receive a multi-page handout to lead you to more.

Paula’s genealogy speaking calendar updated

I recently updated my speaking calendar for the balance of 2019. It’s a variety of in-person and online presentations. Today,  I am working on the handouts for a couple of August presentations. It’s amazing how quickly things are changing in the world of genealogy. Click here to go directly to the updated list.