June 9 - Olmsted Co. Gen. Soc. meeting & program at the History Center, 7pm
Unlocking Notation Codes on Alien Passenger Lists
by Elizabeth Gomoll, CG of Red Bird Genealogy Services
Passenger manifests from 1890-1930 often contain number and letter codes near an alien’s entry. Learn their meaning and what they reveal about an immigrant’s experience.
Liz is Co-editor of the MN Genealogical Society journal, Minnesota Genealogist, and Chair of the MGS Development Committee. She is a Past President of the Association of Professional Genealogists' Northland Chapter.
Since this is our first in-person meeting in nearly 2 years, please consider coming early and bringing any extra books or journals you wish to share, trade, or sell! You can also visit the History Center Library and learn about their holdings from Archivist Krista Lewis.
July 14 - Olmsted Co. Gen. Soc. meeting & program at the History Center, 7pm
How to Become a Certified Genealogy Researcher
by Melissa Dailey
August 11 - Olmsted Co. Gen. Soc. meeting & program at the History Center, 7pm Central
Saving family stories for your descendants and publishing your family history
by Linda Coffin of History Crafters
September 8 - Olmsted Co. Gen. Soc. meeting & program , 7pm Central
Newspapers & Periodicals as Source Materials for Research
by Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian at the Library, Archives, & Museum Collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison
Newspapers and periodicals can uncover so many family stories but are often underutilized by the genealogist. This presentation will help you to understand how to find these titles, where they may be indexed or digitized and how to get the most out of them.
October 13 - Olmsted Co. Gen. Soc. meeting & program via Zoom, 7pm Central
Evolution of Railways Across America
by Bob Lettenberger, National Railroad Museum, Green Bay, Wisc
November 10 - Olmsted Co. Gen. Soc. meeting & program via Zoom, 7pm Central
to be announced
May 12 - OCGS meeting & program via Zoom
Using the 1950 US Census by Cathi Weber
Now that we can begin to access the results of this important research data, Cathi discussed the best strategies to uncover your relatives and their neighbors. While not all the results are available yet, your efforts through this year will likely allow you to view the original census entries relating to your family.
April 14 - OCGS meeting & program via Zoom
Finding Your Female Ancestors by Lois Abromatis Mackin, PhD
Most genealogists and family historians have gaps in their knowledge of the female half of their family. Lois talked about the challenges researchers face in learning about women, reviewed helpful documents and sources, and discussed how DNA analysis can help to find hidden ancestors.
November 11 - OCGS meeting & program via Zoom
Why Were They There? Merging Evidence to Explain Migration
by Jay Fonkert, CG
Finding where your ancestors came from is one thing. Figuring out why they settled where they did is another. Your ancestors might have traveled in a group, followed friends, or set out for a hot job location. Learn to use a variety of sources to understand why they were where they were.
Jay has lectured in a dozen states, taught at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and published more than 80 research and teaching articles, including four in the NGS Quarterly. He is co-editor of the Minnesota Genealogist quarterly journal of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He researches Norwegian Morstads, Swedish Falks, German Rombkes, English Tidballs, Kentucky Fawkners, and Dutch Fonkerts from his home in Roseville, Minnesota.
October 14 - OCGS meeting & program via Zoom
Who Hid the Body? Finding Place of Burial
by Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG
Why is it important to find a person’s place of burial? Because it’s the end – the final event in a life and an essential part of that person’s story. While the place of burial may offer insight to a person’s life or unexpected information, it’s not always easy to find. Learn how to track down an ancestor that seems to have vanished after death.
Liz is co-editor of the Minnesota Genealogist quarterly journal and immediate Past President of the Association for Professional Genealogists Northland Chapter. She has served several terms on the Minnesota Genealogical Society Board of Directors and is a member of several national and ethnic genealogy societies. Liz has published two books: a collection of WWI letters and photographs called With Love to All, as well as a co-authored guide Husförhörslängder, Swedish Household Examination Records. She researches and lectures professionally as Red Bird Genealogy Services (www.RedBirdGen.com).
September 9 - OCGS meeting & program via Zoom
Using Maps & Gazetteers for Genealogy: How to Match a Place-Name to a Location
by Ryan Mattke, Map & Geospatial Information Librarian, John R. Borchert Map Library, University of Minnesota
This presentation demonstrated how to use print and online resources, in conjunction with maps, to locate historical place-names. The presentation highlighted resources related to genealogy, as well as other historical cartographic materials, available at the University of Minnesota's John R. Borchert Map Library in Minneapolis.
August 12 - OCGS meeting & program via Zoom
Citing Sources in Family History Research—the Basics
by Stephani Price of the Rochester The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Center (link). Her video is available at youtu.be/Y230MeygKaQ
July 8 - OCGS virtual workshop
Book Restoration & Preservation by James Twomey
Why does paper age as it does, and what can we do to help preserve family archives? Let's talk about do-it-yourself preservation tips. James has expertise in book-binding and paper conservation. He has managed a bindery and a restorer of books and maps. He teaches at the graduate level in Wisconsin, is a professional associate of the American Institute for Conservation, and authored the book, “In-house Bookbinding and Repair.” He continues to restore large format prints at his rural La Farge (Wisconsin) studio.
April 8, 2021 - OCGS meeting and virtual workshop
Mortuaries and obituaries by Peter Macken
Understanding the information you might see in death records. Peter will talk about what ancestral information you might glean from a mortician or funeral home record, and the history of funeral homes.
April 10 - History Center of Olmsted County virtual workshop
Genealogy 101: Establishing the Roots of Your Family Tree
Information and registration are available at this link: olmstedhistory.com
May 13 - OCGS meeting & program via Zoom, 7pm Central
The 1918 Flu Pandemic in Rochester - Day by Day Through the Headlines by Paul Koeller
Paul will guide a tour of Rochester Post headlines from late 1918, the initial mention of massive outbreaks.
June 10 - OCGS virtual workshop
Tools for Working with Autosomal DNA Results by Lois Mackin
This session reviews tools and techniques for moving beyond testing company relationship predictions and working with your matches. It provides an overview of building genetic networks by using shared matches/in common with results, working with your matches’ trees, using chromosome browsers, and analyzing shared segments.