Discover Your Ancestors at the Minnesota Historical Society Library Nov. 8

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Release dated: 
October 8, 2014
Media contacts: 

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

Tracey Baker • Gale Family Library • 651-259-3317 •

Quick facts: 

Topics on Family History: Finding Your Pre-1850 American Ancestors

Place: Minnesota Historical Society Library
Address: 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul 55102-1903
Date: Saturday, Nov. 8
Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $32/$28 for MNHS and MGS members
Phone: 651-259-3300

Discover Your Ancestors at the Minnesota Historical Society Library Nov. 8

Library GenealogyBefore 1850, census records only listed heads of households. Other crucial records like birth certificates, death certificates and obituaries were often neglected entirely, leaving a void in documentation that has been difficult for many to overcome. To fill this gap, researchers must find creative ways to draw conclusions from land, court, probate and military records. This class will focus on Midwestern research between 1800 and 1850. Board-certified genealogist and former Minnesota Genealogical Society president J.H. Fonkert will teach this class. Reservations required; call 651-259-3015 or register online.

Also, don't miss the weekly program, "I'm New Here: An Introduction to the Minnesota Historical Society Library," offered free every Saturday. More information available here.

About the Minnesota Historical Society Library:

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.

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.

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.