Freeborn County Genealogy Society
1033 Bridge Avenue
Albert Lea, MN 56007

The following information comes from selected articles in the FCGS Tracer for the months of January, February,March, and April. The Tracer is published quarterly and is free to members of the FCGS. Non-members can purchase a copy of the FCGS Tracer for $2.00 each.
EDITOR: Vickie Storlie

The Freeborn County Tracer is published four times per year: January/February/March; April/May/June;  July/ August/September;  October; November/December/.
January, February, March, April  2018                     
January – March meetings held at 10:00 A.M at the Freeborn County Historical Museum.
April - December meetings held at 7:00 P.M. at the Freeborn County Historical Museum.

Jan. 8: Ancestry Video: Adoption & Genealogy Research - Server - Lois Ahern
Feb. 12: Working Meeting Comparing Concordia/Pickerel Lake Cemetery Records with what is on -
             Server - Carol Kallberg
Mar. 12: Sharing
Apr.  09: Open

May 14: Pat Hanson
June 11: Picnic
July  09: Millie Roberts
Aug. 13:
Sep. 10: Open
Oct.  08: Pat Goldman & Jane Maiden
Nov. 12: Vickie Storlie
Dec. 10: Christmas Meal

New Members
Travis Drescher
1005 Foothills Circle
Albert Lea, MN 56007

Carol Kallberg
304 Sheridan Street
Albert Lea, MN 56007

Sunday, August 26th 
September 1 - 2018
A research trip to the World's Largest Genealogical Library located in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Whether you are a beginner genealogist or have been researching for 50 years, this is a trip of a lifetime. The cost listed is per person, for members, and includes transportation to the airport, room, shuttle to hotel and orientation class. Non-members add $50.00 to listed amounts. (Meals and air fare are not included). Single $730.00, Double $430.00. We will be staying at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the library in downtown Salt Lake City. The week will begin with an orientation class on Monday morning and then you are on your own to research at the library or sight see as you prefer.

We are requiring a $100.00 non-refundable deposit at the time you register for the trip. (Your spot will not be reserved until deposit is received). One half of the balance is due by May 15, 2018 and the remaining balance by June 15, 2018. Make checks payable to Pat Mulso (memo SLC Trip)

Mail to: Pat Mulso, 510 W. Richway Dr., Albert Lea, MN 56007.

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The Minnesota Genealogical Society
1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, MN 55120-1367

Grand Opening January 13, 2018
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nominaring Committee

Thanks  to Linda Evenson and  Roger Lonning for being on the committee.

Quarterly Meeting of the Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota

Saturday, January 20
Tips and Tricks on Using Find A Grave
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Colonial Church, Edina MN

Bob Rowe will cover some of the best ways to use the Find A Grave website. He will include a list of his pet peeves - some of the annoying things people do. Did you know that as a user you can place hyperlinks in the Bio? Most won't use this feature but I do. Bring your questions and/or problems using the site. Should be a lot of fun. All links will now bring you to their new website. You may still access the old site by clicking the link they provide. The old site might be completely gone by January, so this talk will focus on using the new site.

Bob started his genealogical search in 1999 and has been a member of Find A Grave for more than 10 years. He has dug into aspects of Find A Grave policies and procedures that seems to go much deeper than the average user. If you have a question he can't answer, he would be happy to find the answer.

Research and translation help available after the meeting.

There is a $5 Meeting Fee for attendees.

Membership Dues
Membership expires 12/31/17
Dues are $20.00 for the year
Checks can be made out to FCGS
Mailed to: FCGS, 1033 Bridge Ave.
                 Albert Lea, MN 56007-2005

2017 Legacy Webinars

Strategies to Find the Most Challenging
Be Your Own Digital Archivist: Preserve Your
Ancestors with Autosomal DNA Data by James
Research by Cyndi Ingle. 2/15
M. Baker, PhD, CG. 1/4

Weaving DNA Test Results into a Proof
Tips and Tricks to Organizing Your Genealogy
Argument by Karen Stanbary, CG. 2/21 (BCG)
by Shannon Combs-Bennett . 1/11

Finding Missing Persons With DNA Testing by
Legacy Family Tree for Complete Beginners by
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Geoff Rasmussen. 1/13

March 2017
Writing Up Your Research by Michael J.
Apprentices, Indentured Servants, and
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Redemptioners – White Slavery in America by

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Create a Free Google Earth Historic Map

Collection for Your Research by Lisa Louise
50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know
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Playing Nice In The Genealogy Sandbox by
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Thomas MacEntee. 1/25
Cari Taplin, CG. 3/10
February 2017

Photography for Genealogy by Nicka Smith.
Why are Irish records so weird? by John
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The “WHO” of Genetic Genealogy by Blaine
Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name
Bettinger. 2/8
by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG. 3/21 (BCG)

Deciphering German Script by Gail Blankenau.
Picture This: Images You Can Freely Use by
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL . 3/22

April 2017
Introduction to Quaker Genealogy Research by
Preserve, Share, and Search Your Digital
Craig Scott. 3/29
Pictures with Google Photos by Geoff

Rasmussen. 4/5
MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA with

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Your Whiteboard in the Cloud: Trello for
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Genealogists by Lisa Alzo. 4/12

Remember Me: Lifestreaming and the Modern
Complete Photo Restoration in 4 Easy Steps
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by Eric Basir. 4/14

WikiTree: Free for All without a Free-for-All by
The Genealogy in Government Documents by
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Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. 4/18 (BCG)
The Great War: Researching Your World War I

Ancestors by Michael L. Strauss, AG. 5/31
Neighborhood Reconstruction: Effective Use of

Land Records by Mary Hill, AG . 4/19
June 2017

Researching Your Minnesota Ancestors by
Finding and Using Land Ownership Maps by
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Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. 4/26

The Increasing Need for Foreign Language
Researching Criminal Records by Ron Arons. 4/28
Indexing by Devin Ashby. 6/9
May 2017

Take Me Back to Where I Belong:
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Transportation Records of the Freedmen’s
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Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji. 5/3

our Next Steps with Autosomal DNA Testing by
Introduction to Danish Genealogy by Fritz
Diahan Southard. 6/16
Juengling. 5/10

Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find
New York City and State Governmental Vital
Jacob Bush’s Father by Elissa Scalise Powell,
Records by Jane Wilcox. 5/12
CG, CGL. 6/20 (BCG)

July 2017
Virtual Family Reunions: Super Easy, Super
Censational Census Strategies by Mary
Fun by Pat Richley. 6/21
Roddy. 7/5

Canada’s Top 10 by Kathryn Lake Hogan. 6/28
Google Books: the tool you should use every

day! by Lisa Louise Cooke. 7/12
Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG. 8/15 (BCG)

Tips for Snapping Pics: How to Take Perfect
Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories
Family Photographs by Jared Hodges. 7/14 by Ursula Krause. 8/16

Analyzing Documents Sparks Ideas for Further
How to do Mexican Research and Be
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Successful by Jonathan Walker. 8/23

The Firelands, The Connecticut Western
Getting Started with Evidentia by Ed
Reserve, and the Ohio Territory by Peggy
Thompson. 8/30
Clemens Lauritzen, AG. 7/19
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Top Tech Tips by Geoff Rasmussen. 9/6
Family History Adhesive: The Science of Why

History Binds Families and the Simple Tech of
Finding Isaac Rogers by Nicka Smith. 9/13
How to Do It by Janet Hovorka. 7/26

The ABCs and 123s of Researching Your
August 2017
Ancestor’s School Records by Melissa Barker.
Tracing Your West Country Ancestors by Kirsty
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When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a
A Taxing Matter: Using Tax Lists in Genealogy
Proved Conclusion? by Tom Jones. 9/19
by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. 8/9

Using Pictures with Legacy Family Tree by
Wolfram Alpha for Genealogists by Thomas
Geoff Rasmussen. 8/11
MacEntee. 9/20

Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to
Quick Guide to Texas Research by Deena
Identify Enslaved Ancestors by LaBrenda
Coutant. 9/27

Southern States Migration Patterns by Mary
October 2017
Hill, AG. 10/11
No Easy Button: Using “Immersion Genealogy”

to Understand Your Ancestors by Lisa Alzo.
Is Your Society Growing? Social Media may be
your saving grace by Pat Richley. 10/13

Databases, Search Engines, and the

Genealogical Proof Standard by David
Understanding Alabama by Rorey Cathcart.
Ouimette, CG. 10/17 (BCG)

The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy by
December 2017
Gena Philibert-Ortega. 10/18
Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records by Lisa

Salinas. 12/6
Midwestern & Plains States Level Census

Records by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS,
I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the
FUGA. 10/25
Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes by James M.

Baker, PhD, CG. 12/13
FUGA. 10/25

Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick
Finding Your Nordic Parish of Birth by Jill
Walls Down Piece by Piece by Ursula Krause
Morelli. 12/15
and Luana Darby. 11/1

The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive
New York City Genealogical Research:
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Navigating Through The Five Boroughs by
12/19 (BCG)
Michael L. Strauss, AG. 11/8

Palmetto Pride – South Carolina for
Using Non-Population Schedules for Context
Genealogist by Rorey Cathcart. 12/20
and Evidence by Jill Morelli. 11/10

Problems and Pitfalls of a “Reasonably
Shallow Search” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG,
CGL. 12/27
British and Irish research: the differences by
Brian Donovan. 11/15
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They include the Territorial Census records from

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