Details are Focus of Family History Classes at Minnesota Historical Society Library Jan. 18

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Release dated: 
December 18, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

Quick facts: 

Event: Topics on Family History: Digging for Your Roots in Land Records

Place: Minnesota Historical Society Library, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul 55102-1903
Cost: $32/$28 for MNHS and MGS members
Phone: 651-259-3300 or register online

Details are Focus of Family History Classes at Minnesota Historical Society Library Jan. 18

Most Americans owned land and lived on farms up until the 20th Century. This makes land records a key source of information for family history research. During this two-hour class students will look at:
• How government distributed land to individuals and the various types of records that were created.
• How to find various types of land records.
• How to locate and plot an ancestor's land from the description in a deed.
• How to read a deed and find the genealogical information in land records.
• Tax records relating to land holdings.
The class is taught by Tom Rice, a board-certified genealogist, professional genealogy researcher and past director of the Minnesota Genealogy Society.

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

I'm New Here; Introducing the Library
Dates: Saturdays year round
Time: 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
Cost: Free
Reservations: 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 Society Library

The Minnesota Historical Society Gale Family 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.
The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

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.