Legacy Family Tree Webinars Spring 2023 New Memberships 50% off!

It’s a big deal! Only $25 for a year’s new membership. That’s a half-off price.

You’ll get one full year of anytime access to all 1,950+ classes and 7,400+ syllabus pages. Catch up on webinars you missed, rewatch those you need again, and all those handouts! Geoff Rasmussen and the Legacy Family Tree Webinars team does it again!

Offer valid for new memberships only, and expires on May 13, 2023 at 11:59PM. Click here to purchase this special deal. 



2023 May & June National Archives Genealogy Series Free Online

Be among the initial viewers to view these free on the National Archives YouTube channel beginning Wednesday, May 3! As the archives relates “In recognition of public service, we are offering a special Genealogy Series focused on both military and civilian records. The series will provide family history research tools for all skill levels along with a general overview to specific topics. Broadcasts of the program sessions will take place in May and June.  All are welcome!”

After the initial showing, “the video and handouts will remain available on this web page and YouTube”

For more details visit here. Overview of the schedule:




Added hours for the library at the Minnesota Genealogy Center

The Minnesota Genealogical Society has announced an additional day of open hours for the Hoffman Research Library at the Minnesota Genealogy Center. It is located in Mendota Heights, just outside of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. 
Beginning Monday, May 1st, the Hoffman Research Library will add Monday to the days it is open for researchers. The hours will be from 10 AM to 4 PM. Volunteers make this possible. New volunteers are paired with an experienced volunteer to learn the ropes. No experience is necessary. Go to https://mngs.org/Hoffman-Research-Library to learn more about the Hoffman Research Library and volunteering.
The HRL will now be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On Thursdays, it’s open from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Volunteer to be sure the library is kept open during all those hours. 
Volunteering is fun, adds to your own knowledge, and you’ll meet new friends. I volunteered during the first twelve years that MGS had a library and occasionally since then. 
An overview of the fantastic material at the HRL. https://mngs.org/Collection 

Free Online U.S. National Archives Genealogy Lectures in May and June

National Archives Hosts Genealogy Series in May & June 

Participate in our genealogy series – free and online!

WHAT: The National Archives and Records Administration is pleased to present our annual Genealogy Series on YouTube. This educational series of lectures will teach you how to use federal resources at the National Archives for genealogical research. This year we focus on individuals who have served our nation in military or civilian service. You will also learn how to preserve your own family collections. Sessions are intended for beginners to experienced family historians—all are welcome! 

Lecture descriptions, videos, handouts, and participation instructions are available at the 2023 Genealogy Series web page.
WHEN: May & June 2023—all sessions take place on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. ET

May 3: Civilians at War: Records of Participation in U.S. Military Conflicts

May 10: Basic Military Records at the National Archives: Revolutionary War to 1917

May 17: National Archives at St. Louis: Understanding the 1973 Fire and Its Impact on 

Genealogical Research

May 31: Civilian Conservation Corps Indian Division on the Reservation

June 7: Accessing and Understanding Korean War Army Unit Records

June 14: Planning, Techniques, and Strategies for Preserving Family Collections and Stories

WHO: Staff experts in government records from National Archives facilities nationwide broadcasting from Washington, DC; College Park, MD; Denver, CO; and St. Louis, MO.

WHERE: The series will be broadcast on the U.S. National Archives YouTube channel

Washington County, Minnesota Cemetery Information

The Washington County (Minnesota) Historical Society has a new online section about cemeteries in the county. This was posted on its Facebook page on Saturday: 

“Good news for cemetery researchers! The Washington County Historical Society now has a whole section of our website dedicated to cemeteries in Washington County. A huge thanks to WCHS volunteer Kimberlee Herr for creating this important resource!”
Click here to see the list, cemetery descriptions, some historical notes, whether there is a church connection, and a link to the cemetery website if there is one. 


Minnesota Genealogical Society Midwest Migration Institute

Check your calendars! This coming August right here in the Twin Cities area. Join us for this new course. Registration has opened for MIGRATION TO AND THROUGH THE MIDWEST — a first of its kind two-day institute-style course that will provide education for genealogists and family historians on 18-19 August at the Minnesota Genealogy Center, Mendota Heights, Minnesota. https://mngs.org/midwest-migration-institute

The Latest Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grant Recipients
Recipients of small grants ($10,000 and less) from the fiscal year 2023 January small grants cycle are listed in a press release from the Minnesota Historical Society. The list includes 28 grants in 16 counties. “Each project will preserve and enhance Minnesota’s cultural and historical resources. All grants are competitive and awarded according to program guidelines and criteria, as well as professional standards.” Some of the recipients and the purpose of the grant are listed below.

City of Tower, Tower, $10,000
To hire qualified professionals to replace the roof on the 1916 Duluth and Iron Range Railroad Company Passenger Station, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Friends of Highland Arts, St. Paul, $9,600
To hire a qualified historian to research and write the history of St. Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood. (This one really caught my interest as I grew up in the post WWII housing in the far southern edge of Highland.)

Norwegian-American Historical Association, Northfield, $9,600
To plan and research several Norwegian-American historical topics for a digital exhibit in preparation for several commemorations, including a 2025 conference on migration.

Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, St. Paul, $10,000
To digitize a collection of videos of the Rondo neighborhood in St. Paul, allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

Grand Rapids Area Library, Grand Rapids, $8,513
To purchase a microfilm reader/printer/scanner to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

Read more about the grant program and view the full list of grant recipients.

24 hours of free webinars from Legacy Family Tree Webinars

In a couple weeks, the 4th annual 24-hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon from Legacy Family Tree Webinars will be held on April 13–14, 2023! A wide variety of speakers and topics so you can listen and be bleary eyed but highly educated along with many other people across the globe. 

As Legacy Family Tree Webinars says, “From planning your research to DNA, from eBooks, German calendars and the FAN club, to Australia, Poland and Ireland, to the First Kansas/US Colored Troops 79th Regiment, there’s something for everyone. . .  in every time zone. And thanks to FamilyTreeWebinars.com and MyHeritage, the entire event is free! Pop in for a session or two, or stick around for the full 24 hours — it’s completely up to you. There will even be time for Q&A and door prizes.” 

MyHeritage has a blog post with more information.

The webinars will be online free for a week afterward. If you miss any of them or need to rewatch, consider a webinar membership. $49.95 gives you full access to almost 2,000 webinars, 386+ speakers, and almost 7,500 pages of syllabus material.  I’d appreciate you using my affiliate link for obtaining memberships. It’s a way to support my blog and increasing your knowledge. 



New virtual genealogy course: “Researching Families of Mexican Descent on Both Sides of the Border”

This June, I am one of the instructors in this brand-new virtual course and am pleased to be among some fantastic people who are also instructors. Coordinated by Colleen Greene, this course features insights into history, records, and understanding of the research processes into these. 

Researching Mexican families does involve knowledge of various topics on both sides of the border. Join us for this new course that is part of TIGR’s (the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research) 2023 course lineup. TIGR will be virtual again this year. Save $50 on the cost before the discounted Early Bird registration rate ends on April 15th. Get this by registering today! Read more details on Colleen’s blog