Duplicate books and periodicals at the Minnesota Genealogy Center

I am sure I needed these. I always need more books. Today I came home from a meeting at the Minnesota Genealogy Center with an armload of needed books.

In the lobby is the book adoption area. These are duplicate genealogy and history books, periodicals and maps that need a new home. Pick a few and leave a money donation with the volunteer at the front desk. I noticed some mighty nice items. I would guess the area holds more than 100 items. They cover a wide variety of time periods and locations.

Check the location of the Center and the hours here.

2018 MGS North Star Genealogy Conference is almost here! Register now!

I hope you are already registered for this event. These two main speakers are great and when you add all the breakout sessions to them, it’s one of those events you SHOULD attend! Add vendors, door prizes, a banquet, and more and you have another special event. The Minnesota Genealogical Society puts on fantastic annual conferences.

2018 North Star

Genealogy Conference

Looking Back, Sharing Forward 

5-6 October 2018

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West,
Plymouth, MN

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS
Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS


For full details and registration details: https://mngs.org/cpage.php?pt=98


Denver Public Library and CO Chapter of the Palatines to America fall seminar

Denver, here I come! The Colorado Chapter of the Palatines to America’s fall seminar is on 20 October. It is co-sponsored by the excellent Western History/Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library. I am honored to be the seminar speaker. I will be presenting four sessions:

• World War I Era U.S. Alien Registrations
• German Research Gem: Back Issues of Genealogical and Historical Periodicals
• Major Midwestern Databases and Indexes
• They Joined, They Wrote, They Associated: Finding Records of Germanic Organizations and Other Collections

I presented three of these at the inaugural International Germanic Genealogical Conference in 2017. Of course those are being tweaked and updated for this seminar. The third presentation on Major Midwestern Databases and Indexes is a new one and is also targeted toward researching our Germanic ancestral families. All four are accompanied by handouts.

The Colorado Chapter of Palatines to America

                         And the Western History/Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library

Present an All-Day Seminar and Book Fair featuring

Paula Stuart-Warren, Certified Genealogist ®, FMGS, FUGA

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018 from 9:30am until 4:30pm

In the B2 Conference Room of the Central Denver Public Library

1 0 West 14th Avenue, Denver, Colorado

For more information check here .



FGS announces leadership changes

I love an organization in which strong people step up to such vital volunteer jobs. Congratulations to all these great colleagues. I served on the FGS Board of Directors and love to see FGS continue thriving.


New President, Treasurer and Vice President of Membership

September 15, 2018 – Austin, TX.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is pleased to announce that Faye L. Stallings has been appointed by the Board of Directors to become President of the organization effective September 15, 2018.  Faye has served as Treasurer of the organization since January 1, 2017.  She brings to the organization more than 20 years of leadership and executive experience with a Fortune 100 company, as well as a passion for genealogy.

FGS would like to express immense gratitude to Teri E. Flack who has served as the interim President for the past few months and wish her much success in pursuing her personal interests.

FGS would also like to announce the appointment of Rick Shields who succeeds Faye as Treasurer and Cari Taplin, CG, as Vice President of Membership.  Rick is a certified public accountant with not-for-profit finance experience.  Cari has served on the FGS Board of Directors for 3 years, and she shares her love for genealogy through her writing and lecturing.


About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and empowers the genealogical and family history community, especially its societies and organizations, by advocating for the preservation and access of records and providing resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions. FGS helps genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts alike to strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. FGS launched the Preserve the Pensions project in 2010 to raise more than $3 million to digitize and make freely available the pension files from the War of 1812. Fundraising was completed for that project in 2016 and the digitization continues. FGS was also the driving force behind the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors project alongside the National Parks Service. To learn more visit fgs.org.


Contact:       Federation of Genealogical Societies
PO Box 200940
Austin, TX 78720-0940
phone: +1 (888) 347-1500
fax: +1 (866) 347-1350

Sept. 13 presentation: “Sources and Methods for Researching American Indian Ancestors”

My next in-person presentation is Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the Hudson, Wisconsin public library. The topic is “Sources and Methods for Researching American Indian Ancestors.” The presentation runs from 10:30-11:30 and I promise to hang around to answer questions. The presentation is accompanied by an extensive handout for each attendee.

I have more than 20 years of experience and knowledge in the area of Native American research for individuals, law firms, and with tribes.  My experience includes in-depth research at the U.S. National Archives in several of its locations, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, at several state historical societies and state archives as well as in courthouses and libraries in many states. This presentation will aid your research no matter whether you already have some records showing your Native American ancestry or are simply ready to get started. The examples will whet your genealogical appetite to search for similar items for your own family. We are blessed in Wisconsin and Minnesota with many nearby record including those online.  Native American ancestry from other states? Don’t worry, you’ll learn more, too.




Dakota County, Minnesota Vital Records Volunteer Project

Today I am at the Dakota County Genealogy & History Fair. My booth is next to one from the county government. I am enjoying conversations with an IT person from the county. That’s nice, but she also has several original county record volumes with her. That makes it even nicer. My mother-in-law’s family is Dakota County through and through, so that’s another plus.


A project the county is advocating is indexing the old vital records registers dating back to 1870 for births and deaths and 1857 for marriages. As their flyer states” We’re looking for volunteers who are interested in genealogy and historic records to help us create computerized indexes to these vital records.”  These are hand-written registers so computerized indexes will greatly enhance the accessibility. It’s an on-site project at the Dakota County Administration Center in Hastings, Minnesota. If you have at least two hours to help during weekdays learn more here and fill out the online volunteer form.

Genealogy education goes both ways. What?

The past four days has been filled with discussion, hugs, friendship, and delivering genealogical presentations at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh’s third 2018 week. I was in Amherst, New York for this. On Monday I told the students in my course that they would be filled with learning and that name tags were supplied so that when their heads were spinning later in the week, they would still know their name. Then I told them that instructors also learn new things.

We learn as we prepare and update our syllabus materials and the PowerPoint slides. The discussion and questions that arise during the week inevitably include something from a student that the rest of the room didn’t know. In this course, students schooled me on some neat history of the Buffalo area. One student and I have a friend in common.The students helped each other with research ideas on some of their family history puzzles. I answered questions constantly and that is a very good thing because if I didn’t know the answer, I had something new to research. The knowledge that each person brings to the classroom is amazing and some students always learn they are more analytical and curious than they ever guessed! More than once we discussed the fact that some of the discussion outcomes and research tips only came about because we were together for the week and getting to know each other’s research issues and localities. It’s a special experience that’s difficult to explain, but I heard student after student say they can’t wait for next year!

All in all, the week at a genealogy institute is enlightening for everyone and a testament to that is the large number of students who return often to take other courses. At this institute, and for many months before, the co-directors, Deborah Lichtner Deal and Elissa Scalise Powell put in many hours to assure us all a great time at GRIP. Haven’t attended GRIP? In 2019, two weeks of instruction will be offered in the Pittsburgh area. Some details are on the GRIP website, but be sure to check again near the end of August as there will be some added courses and a couple course changes. Registration is next February. http://www.gripitt.org/2019-courses/

As if four days of educating wasn’t enough for me this week, I am now on my way to Frankfort, Kentucky to do four presentations on Saturday, August 4th, for the Kentucky Genealogical Society. My children have Kentucky ancestry so it’s always special to do seminars and research in Kentucky. An added bonus is seeing several people that I have met over the years at other genealogical events.

I hope to see many readers in Frankfort tomorrow! Yes, you may still register at the door. https://kygs.org/


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I am excited to share this news with readers who may not be on social media or who missed this great announcement as we honor our genealogy colleague who has given so much to field of family history. I donated and hope you will, too. The emphasis on education and volunteerism is perfect!


Date: 21 July 2018 From: Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt (familyhistorian@mac.com ) and Dawne Slater (dslater@ancestry.com)

Subject: Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In recognition of the professional accomplishments of our friend and colleague, Laura G. Prescott, and her contributions to the area of education in genealogy, a scholarship for tuition to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) has been established. The scholarship will be funded through tax deductible donations. Laura is known throughout the genealogical community for her passion for genealogical education in the areas of teaching, writing, research, and more. She worked for the New England Historic Genealogical Society for seven years before starting her own research business, was a lecturer at conferences, seminars, and workshops at all levels, and has written articles on a wide range of genealogical topics for the field’s journals. She served as president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and was director of Ancestry Academy, Ancestry’s collection of educational webinars presented by leading genealogical educators. The Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship is open to amateur, transitional, and professional genealogists who exhibit a passion for genealogy and appreciate the importance of education in our field. Desirable candidates will be those seeking to maintain high standards in genealogy, while also giving back to the community through volunteerism within the genealogical community (serving on society boards, conference committees, family associations) or through promoting genealogy in the world at large (through pro bono projects in cemeteries, adoption research, unclaimed persons, e.g.). Applicants will be asked to explain their reason for taking a particular SLIG course, and also to list education and experience, both paid and volunteer.

A committee will evaluate scholarship applications and choose one winner annually to receive full tuition to his or her choice of course at the traditional Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah, or to one of its alternative programs during the year. Details about applying for the scholarship for attendance at SLIG in January 2020 will be forthcoming.

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, facilitated by the Utah Genealogical Association, is a five-day program of instruction and practical exercises featuring in-depth study of specific aspects of genealogical research. It occurs each January in Salt Lake City and the courses are coordinated and taught by leaders in the field. SLIG also offers the SLIG Academy for Professionals onsite in January, and several virtual learning programs.

Those wishing to donate to the Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship may do so in one of these ways:

• Via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/888690397999166/10214189722311815/ ,

• By mailing a check to the Utah Genealogical Association, Attn: Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship, PO Box 1144, Salt Lake City, UT 84110 (make checks payable to the Utah Genealogical Association), or

• Via PayPal, to info@ugagenealogy.org with “Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship” on the line labeled, “Add a note.”

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