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

This Year's DREAM TRIP will be from November 6th through November 12th, 2016.
These are a few pictures from a recent "Dream Trip" to Salt Lake City.
(This Year's DREAM TRIP will be from November 6th through November 12th, 2016.)


Next meeting, Monday, April 11, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Server-Jean Pelikan

Program- Blane Maher from Albert Lea Monument Company

Jan. 11: Lois Ahern
Feb. 8: Pat Mulso
Mar. 14: Kay Klukow
Apr. 11: Jean Pelikan
May 9: Carl Grandstrand
Jun 13: Sylvia Hertel
Jul. 11: Millie Roberts
Aug. 8: Roger Lonning
Sep. 12: Jan Hintermeister
Oct. 10: Pat Goldman & Jane Maiden
Nov. 14: Vickie Storlie
Dec. 12: Christmas Meal

Current Officers/Directors
Vickie Storlie – President
Roger Lonning – Vice President
Jean Pelikan – Secretary
Pat Mulso – Treasurer
Board of Directors: Lynn Krueger, Jane Maiden, Pat Goldman and Janet Hintermeister.
I would like to thank all of you that served last year.

                                                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]

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
March 14, 2016

Note: February 8, 2016 meeting cancelled due to inclement weather.

  1. Meeting called to order @ 10:00 AM by President Vickie Storlie. Eleven member present.

  1. Secretary’s Report: Motion by Kaye Klukow, second by Pat Goldman, to approve the January 11, 2016 meeting minutes. Motion passed.

  1. Treasurer’s Report by Pat Mulso. Checking account balance January 1, 2016 =$530.09. Deposits: No deposits in January. February 8, 2016 membership dues =$200.00 and February 8, 2016 membership dues =$150.00. Expenses: Check #830 Jaguar Communications =$203.40 and Check #831 Pat Mulso/ =$299.40. Ending balance February 29, 2016 =$377.29. Savings account balance January 1, 2016 =$3,138.67. Deposits: Interest January 31, 2016=$0.40,

Coffee money February 8, 2016 =$8.00 and interest February 29, 2016 =$0.37. Ending balance February 29, 2016 =$3,147.44. Twenty-nine paid memberships for 2016. Motion by Joanne Johnsrud, second by Millie Roberts, to approve the Treasurer’s report for January and February 2016. Motion passed.

  1. Old Business

    1. Reminder: the April through December meetings will start @ 7:00 PM at the Museum. If school is closed or 2 hours late, we will not be meeting.

    2. Salt Lake City trip is scheduled for November 6-12, 2016.

    3. Need a server for June-will pass around the sign-up sheet at the April 11th meeting.

  1. New Business

    1. Taste of Heritage event at Northbridge Mall on Saturday, April 9, 2016 for 1-3 PM. Lois Ahern volunteered to help at the FCGS table which is part of the FCHM display.

    2. Lois Ahern asked to revise two sections of the FCGS Procedures Book (a companion document to the By-Lays). First, to update the section titled “Newsletter Editor (Tracer)” to state: Prepare and edit three (3) issues of the newsletter yearly. This is a change from 4 issues/year. Consensus agreement to make that change. Second, in the section of duties of the Vice-President. The previous by-laws committee recommended keeping the fourth duty of the Vice-President (Send short report of meeting to local newspaper) but also wanted to seek membership input regarding this duty. Motion by Pat Mulso, second by Joanne Johnsrud, to delete this duty of the Vice-President. Motion passed.

    3. We received the following newsletters:

    4. Mower County (MN) Genealogy News
      Otter Tail County (MN) Genealogical Society Newsletter
      Freeborn County (MN) Historical Museum, Library and Village
      Decorah (IA) Genealogy Association and Winneshiek County (IA) Historical Society
      Martin County (MN) Genealogical Society, Inc.
      Winona (MN) Area Genealogy Roundtable
      Olmsted County (MN) Genealogical Society
      American-French Genealogical Society, Woonsocket, RI
      MN Genealogical Society MN Genealogist
  1. Workshop announcement from MN Genealogical Society (MGS): 2016 MGS Spring Genealogy Conference, April 16, 2016, Bunker Hills Activity Center, Andover, MN from 9 AM to 3:30 PM.

  1. Motion by Pat Goldman, second by Pat Mulso, to adjourn the meeting @ 10:25 AM. Motion passed.

Coffee and treats provided by Kaye Klukow.

Program: Linda Evenson provided information about genealogy websites and Pat Mulso talked about using the online DNA test results website.

Next meeting, Monday, April 11, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Server-Jean Pelikan

Program- Blane Maher from Albert Lea Monument Company

Future meetings:

May 9th server is Carl Grandstrand

May 9th Program: Roger Lonning “Orphan Train-Albert Lea, MN”

Respectfully submitted,
Lois Ahern

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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