It was the winter of 1982. The College of St. Thomas, several blocks from our house, offered an adult education course in genealogy. I had dabbled a bit before then and knew there was more to this hobby. It was one of the best things I ever did! Jim Kellen, a librarian at St. Thomas taught the course. He stressed good research, citing sources, reading more, and shared about a multitude of places to find information. He also gave us a brochure about the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) and strongly suggested we join. I joined that March.
That was 40 years ago, and I am still a member. Others have been members for more years. I am proud of my membership, what I have learned, what I have done as an MGS volunteer, and most of all, the friends I have gained.
For more about the late Jim Kellen, his incredible life journey, and more: https://www.pipestonestar.com/articles/james-kellen/
For more about the Minnesota Genealogical Society: https://mngs.org/
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