Free webinar: “Major Midwestern Archives and Their Records”

UPDATE: The registration limit has been reached. Watch the MGS website for more great webinars. If you join MGS, you will be able to view all past webinars. One more reason why genealogical society membership is important.   Join me on Wednesday, April 6, for a FREE webinar sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society. My […]

Recent accessions with a genealogy connection. Recent what?

Accessions? What is she talking about! I am talking about manuscripts, photos, books, maps, and other items recently or newly donated to or purchased by our great research repositories. These could be the county or state historical society, ethnic society, state archives, university special collections department or any other place we may go to do […]

October: Family History Month and American Archives Month

What a great combination of designations for this month. In many places, the temperatures are cooling down. We aren’t going on as many picnics, to the beach, or using the swimming pool.  Children are back in school. The genealogist’s minds turns to FAMILY HISTORY. October seems fitting to be both Family History Month and American […]

Minnesota Genealogy: Finding Divorce Records

Learning that a family member may have been divorced 50, 75, or 150 years ago might yield a temporary shock to your system. It might also yield a plethora of family history details. Divorce in the past is different from divorce today in some ways. Societal and family pressures may have caused a family or […]

State archives newsletters hold value for genealogists

Have you checked the newsletters produced by the state archives in your ancestral states? The content varies, but may include: list of recent acquisitions bios of staff members (may tell you which person is familiar with specific collections) descriptions of collections notes on state history indexing projects digitization projects Both the current and past issue […]