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

This Year's DREAM TRIP will be from October 19th through October 25th, 2015.
These are a few pictures from a recent "Dream Trip" to Salt Lake City.
(This Year's DREAM TRIP will be from October 19th through October 25th, 2015.)


  10:00 a.m.  Meetings.


April through December Meetings will be at 7:00 p.m. at the Museum.
July 13:  Genealogy Meeting Monday evening at 7:00 at the Museum. 
Proving Parentage:  Ancestry Video
Aug 10:   The Google Genealogist – 3 short videos

Salt Lake City Trip
October 19-October 25, 2015
Single, $725, Double room $425 each and Triple
Room $350.00 each. Includes transportation to and
from the airport, lodging and orientation. Meals &
air fare not included.

Jul. 13:   Janet Hintermeister
Aug. 10: Carmen & Ali Radke
Sep. 14: Pat Goldman & Jane Maiden
Oct. 12: Vickie Storlie
Nov. 9: Lora Low
Dec. 14: Christmas Party

                                                Information from the FCHS Library:
These are the ports of entry from the Declaration of Intention forms for Freeborn County between 1870-1874.
Boston   (date of immigration 1869)
Milwaukee  (1853)
Detroit  (1870)
New York  (1869)
Chicago  (1856)
Portland  (1869)
Buffalo  (1864)
Port Huron  (1869)
Quebec  (1871)
New Orleans  (1850)
Philadelphia  (1868)
Baltimore  (1873)
Sarnia  (1870)  [Ontario, Canada; largest city on Lake Huron]

                                                            Library Lock In
Monday, July 20, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Pre-registration required
$30.00 members and $40.00 non-members (Checks payable to FCHM)
Registration deadline July 15, 2015
Class size limited

Click HERE to see an interesting website: Maps of ancestry groups in America

New Member:

Sylvia Hertel
920 Front ST W

Albert Lea, MN 56007

FCGS Meeting Minutes
April 13, 2015

    •    Meeting called to order by President Vickie Storlie @ 7:00 PM.  Eighteen members present and one guest-Ali.
    •    Secretary’s report:  Correction to the minutes from March 9th: Kaye Klukow’s name was misspelled in item #2.  And the email list attached is a partial list of FCGS members and Kaye’s name was misspelled again!  Motion by Jean Pelikan, second by Pat Goldman, to approve the minutes as corrected.  Motion passed.
    •    Treasurer’s report given by Vickie for Pat Mulso.  The ending balance for the savings account looks to be inaccurate.  Approval of report tabled until next meeting.
    •    Old Business
    •    The April 17th and 20th Lock-Ins are full.  Waiting list started for next Lock-In
    •    Genealogy Group Lock-In will be on Monday, June 8th starting with a pot-luck supper @ 6 PM.  Meat will be provided.  Sign-up sheet passed around.  There will be a $5/person fee for use of the Museum.
    •    Trip to Salt Lake City is scheduled for October 19-25th Sunday through Monday
June 30th is the deadline.

    •    Donation follow-up to last month’s discussion.  Pat talked with Carl Grandstrand’s daughter who has access to a family foundation and will match a donation to the Museum up to $1,000.00.  Motion by Sylvia Hertel, second by Roger Lonning, to donate $1,000.00 from the FCGS savings account to the FCHM Building Fund.  Motion passed with thanks extended to Carl for bringing this matching grant opportunity to our attention.
    •    Our thought and best wishes for recovery are sent to Millie Roberts who sustained several fractures after recently falling on the ice.
    •    New Business-We received the following newsletters and conference announcements:
    •    Otter Tail County MN Genealogical Society Newsletter
    •    Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library and Village Newsletter
    •    Mower County MN Genealogy News
    •    Crow Wing County MN Genealogy Society
    •    MN Genealogist-MN Genealogical Society
    •    MN Genealogical Society 2015 Spring Genealogy Conference April 24 & 25 @ Normandale Community College
    •    “More that Stones and Bones-Archaeology is Local History”:  4 dates in May at various MN locations.
    •    Germanic Genealogy Society 2015 Spring Conference, May 15 & 16 @ Inver Hills Community College
    •    Germanic Genealogy Society 2015 Special Bonus Conference, May 29 & 30, Inver Hills Community College.
    •    Motion to adjourn @7:19 PM by Roger Lonning.

Program tonight presented by Linda Evenson-Exploring the Minnesota Historical Society’s Website Linda highlighted several items in the areas of Exploring the website, Preservation items and the Research areas.

Coffee and treats provided by Roger Lonning.
Next month-Meeting on Monday, May 11, 2015 @ 7:00 PM.
Server-Jean Pelikan
Program: Lesser Known Ports of Immigration-an Ancestry video.

Recorded by Lois Ahern, Secretary

E-mail addresses of our members
Updated April 12, 2015

Ahern, Lois
Eichler Lair, Valerie
Evenson, Linda
Goldman, Pat
Grandstrand, Carl
Hanson, Pat and Harold
Hintermeister, Janet
Johnson, Sonja
Johnsrud, Joanne
Klukow, Kaye
Knoll, Michael
Knudtson, Tom and Judy
Krueger, Lynn
Lonning, Roger
Lora Low
Maiden, Jane
Mulso, Pat
Oliphant, Ann
Pelikan, Jean
Plantage, Virginia and Ed
Probst, Jenny
Radke, Carmen
Schewe, Diane
Storlie, Vickie

Respectfully submitted by
Lois Ahern, Secretary

Passing this on from one of our members in Colorado

Click on the cartoon above.

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