Special Education History: From a Ph.D. who is a genealogist!

Today there are many people worried about the future of special education for our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins who have special needs. I know several people who have been involved in Special Education and not surprisingly, most are also genealogists.

I am delighted to announce that a former student of mine, Norena A. Hale, is documenting the history of this needed education and especially in Minnesota. She will be producing more on this topic, too.

I blushed a bit when she told me, “I have you to thank for starting me on this journey from the early classes I took with you, esp. at the MN History Center. I’ve become a regular using their library as I search the early history of how we did or did not educate children with disabilities in MN.”

Let me tell you about part of her journey in her own words. When you read the “About the author” note that she is not shy about her genealogy connections! Her book is titled Special Education Administration: How it Evolved in Minnesota. (Self-published through CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform,  2016. Available on Amazon.) I am saddened at how long it took to get such programs going. 

“Through the Minnesota Special Education Leaders Foundation, Norena Hale pieces together how (more…)

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March 8, Wednesday is GRIP July registration. What’s GRIP?

Each summer, attendees from all over the United States and several countries come to the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) for in-depth, hands-on week-long courses. Registration will open on Wednesday, March 8 at noon Eastern (9 a.m. Pacific) for the six courses being offered July 16-21, 2017 on the beautiful campus of La Roche College in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. See detailed course descriptions of the 18 sessions in each course at www.GRIPitt.org/courses <http://www.GRIPitt.org/courses> including DNA, Advanced DNA, Irish, Law School, Intermediate, and Research in New Jersey.

The coordinators for the July course put together the class details on the GRIP website and also wrote a blog post for their course. Those posts can be found on the sidebar under the “In Their Words” titles.

If you have any questions about the intermediate course, just post them as a comment to this post.

I hope to see you in July!

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Local class: The Three Rs: Reading, ‘Riting, and Research in School Records

On Saturday, May 13, 2017 I will be teaching an extended class on school records. The place is the Minnesota Historical Society.

 

School records are extensive including teaching contracts, school censuses, grading, attendance, conduct, parent and guardian names, minutes, sports participation and many more specific records that provide individual and family details. Schools include elementary, high school, college, specialty schools and even reform schools. This class is also helpful for those who are editors of alumni newsletters or on committees to plan single class or all-school reunions. In the session we will also cover where to find the records today, how to access them, and learn about digitization efforts.

 

The Three Rs: Reading, ‘Riting, and Research in School Records
Sat., May 13, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location

Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102

Contact

651-259-3300
reference@mnhs.org

Cost
$32/$28 MNHS and MGS members

 

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Cyndi’s List of website links is now an adult! 21 years of links!

This appeared on Facebook this afternoon in a post by Cyndi Ingle. When does this woman sleep?

“Today Cyndi’s List is 21 years old. To celebrate I’ve been busy on the site, yesterday alone I updated 937 links and added 78 new. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve updated almost 1,800 and added about 850. How much will I accomplish today? Yes, folks, it is just a one-woman show. I appreciate all the help and support you can give me, including: submitting new links, reporting broken links, and making donations to offset the expense of running the site. Thank you to all of you for helping to keep Cyndi’s List current and useful and FREE!
http://www.cyndislist.com/donate/

If you are in the Midwest, you have a chance to hear her in person at the tenth annual Minnesota Genealogical Society North Star Conference this coming October 6 & 7 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center. Watch the MGS website for forthcoming details.

 

 

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March 8 is registration for the Genealogical Research of Pittsburgh’s July 16-21 week

It’s almost here and I hope you are ready! I will be teaching again at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh’s (GRIP) second summer week, July 16-21. My course is aimed at the intermediate level and is titled “Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper.” Click on that link to learn more about the week.

I wrote a special article on the course that tells more and you can view that here.

Be sure to click on the Registration page and sign up for the countdown clock to help your online registration go smoothly.

If you have any questions, add them as a comment to this post. See you this summer!

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DAR state guides on Revolutionary War research

Under the guidance and in-depth research work of Eric G. Grundset, Director of Library Publications, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is publishing a series of guides related to Revolutionary War research in various states.  The DAR website states this “provides detailed information on the availability of manuscript and archival material that exists for the state for the period of the Revolutionary War along with listings of historical and genealogical studies that have been published and which supplement the original sources. It is the most extensive gathering of such information ever published, and researchers will find it an essential resource with which to identify materials and studies located in many scattered libraries and archives.” These books are several hundred pages long, have maps, and are indexed. Each is available in print or a PDF edition.

The already published volumes are on New York, South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, Virginia (includes West Virginia, Kentucky and the Old Northwest), Massachusetts/Maine, and North Carolina. The volume for Connecticut, the eighth book in the series, will be available any day. If you are interested in this or others please check the DAR Store’s webpage at: dar.org/national-society/about-dar/dar-publications.

The Georgia printed volume is presently out of print and will likely be reprinted in a couple of months. Next up is the book for Pennsylvania, the ninth in the series. This will be followed in the next year or so by the remaining states: New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and New Hampshire/Vermont.

 

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Better pictures with your cell phone? Use Fopydo!

This morning I gave a talk in Wisconsin and a question was asked that led me to talking about the Fopydo. You read that correctly, I didn’t make up the word or misspell it. According to the company’s website, it is an abbreviation of “photo-copy documents.”

It’s a simple tool that comes folded flat, but when assembled provides an excellent and cheap way to steady your camera when taking pictures of documents, pages from a book, or of a family photo. It really helps if you have any issues holding your cell phone perfectly still to take such pictures.

This is a link to more info on the FopyDo http://fopydo.com/. I learned about these from Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi’s List. I ordered mine from Amazon.

 

 

 

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FamilySearch Wiki: Have you rechecked pages of interest?

When is the last time you checked the FamilySearch’s Family History Research Wiki for your ancestral cities, counties, states, provinces, and countries? Many are continually being updated. How about the pages about genealogy topics such as census, tax lists and others?

One page that has been updated and has added content is Hanover Military Records. It’s a really good page and makes me wish I had Hanover ancestry.

Not all pages are as comprehensive as this one, but using this in conjunction with Cyndi’s List for ancestral locations really broadens your knowledge and ability to find history and records for your family.

 

 

 

 

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Feb 1 Registration for Inaugural International Germanic Genealogy Conference

I hope you already have July 28-30, 2017 marked on your calendar for the inaugural conference of the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP). It will be held in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota (Minneapolis area).

The first-ever International Germanic Genealogy Conference has already created quite a buzz. The host hotel where the class sessions will be held is already sold out! Never fear, the intrepid organizers have already made arrangements at nearby hotels. The full program, special event details, and information on the additional hotels is all on the IGGP website.

It is truly an international partnership and international conference. The partners are German genealogy societies from all over the world, including this year’s host organization, The Germanic Genealogy Society, of which I am a long-time member. I am fortunate to be one of the many speakers. Skimming through the program tells me I am going to have to make some tough decisions about which sessions to attend each hour.

Tomorrow, February 1, 2017 is when registration opens. Don’t delay! Click on the IGGP link above to register.

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