Explore Your Family History in October at the Minnesota Historical Society Library

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Release dated: 
September 18, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Minnesota Historical Society Library
Address: 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul 55102-1903
Phone: 651-259-3300
Email: reference@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/library

Explore Your Family History in October at the Minnesota Historical Society Library

Explore your family history and discover the resources available at the Minnesota Historical Society Library. On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Minnesota Historical Society Library is offering a special, two-part class to help family historians explore family history through historical newspapers and maps.

Genealogy Classes: Ancestors in the News and on the Map
Saturday, Oct. 19
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$32 / $28 for MHS members

mapSession 1: Finding Family History in Historic Newspapers
Newspapers offer family history researchers much more than obituaries. In small towns, newspapers carried news of weddings, anniversaries, church events, business affairs, crops, weather and more. Learn how to find out about newspapers in your ancestor's community on microfilm and on the Internet.

Session 2: Maps and Geography for Genealogists
Maps can help you understand why Grandpa settled where he did, how he made his living and what the neighborhood was like. Learn how to find and use plat maps, fire insurance maps, soil maps, topographic maps and more.

This class will be taught by J. H. Fonkert, CGSM. Fonkert is a professional researcher and writer focusing on Midwest, Scandinavian, Dutch and English family history.

class participantsI'm New Here: Introducing the Library
Saturdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26
9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
Reservations recommended, call 651-259-3300 or register online

The library contains an array of sources for finding family history; researching a term paper; looking into the history of a house, business, organization or neighborhood; or just discovering more about Minnesota's rich past and many cultures. This free class held each Saturday year round, introduces these resources and offers tips on how to use catalogs, request materials and purchase photocopies.

About the Minnesota Historical Library

Registration is required; call 651-259-3300 or register online at www.mnhs.org/library/classes. The class limit is 30 and classes with fewer than five registrants will be canceled one week prior to the class date.

The Minnesota Historical Society Library is located in the History Center at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Regular library hours are noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.