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.)


  10:00 a.m.  Meetings.


Jan. 11, 2016: Blane Maher, Albert Lea Monument
Feb. 8, 2016: Amy Gauthier – New Director of the Museum.

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 Mea

Memberships expire on December 31, 2015.
Make checks out to FCGS.
Mail to:
1033 Bridge AV,
Albert Lea, MN 56007-2005.
Dues are $20.00

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.

February 8, 2016 from 12:30-5:30 p.m.
$30 for members of the Museum and $40 for non
members. Contact the Museum if interested.

Salt Lake City Trip
Dates for the Salt Lake City Trip are
November 6-12 2016. Was the earliest we could
get in the rooms. More information to follow.

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

FCGS Meeting Minutes
January 11, 2016

Meeting called to order @ 10:10 AM by President Vickie Storlie.  Ten members present.

Secretary’s Report: Motion by Kaye Klukow, second by Pat Mulso, to approve the November 9, 2015 meeting minutes after making a correction to the time of the meeting.  Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report for November and December 2015 given by Pat Mulso, Treasurer.  Checking account beginning balance on November 1, 2015 = $572.02.  No deposits during November.  Ending balance November 30, 2015 = $572.02.  Savings account balance November 1, 2015 = $3,089.64.  Deposits: November 8, 2015 coffee money = $24.00, November 8, 2015 research fee = $15.00 and November 30, 2015 interest = $0.38.  Ending balance November 30, 2015 = $3,129.02.  Checking account beginning balance on December 1, 2015 = $572.02.  Deposits: December 8th membership dues = $260.00 and Christmas party = $240.00.  Checks written: Freeborn County Historical Museum = $300.00 and Hy-Vee for the Christmas Party = $241.93.  Ending checking account balance December 31, 2015 = $530.09.  Savings account beginning balance December 1, 2015 = $3,129.02.  Deposits: December 8, 2015 coffee money = $9.25 and December 31, 2015 interest = $0.40.  Ending balance December 31, 2015 = $3,138.67.  Motion by Roger Lonning, second by Kaye Klukow, to approve the November and December 2015 financial reports.  Motion passed.  One bill to be paid: motion by Pat Mulso, second by Lois Ahern, to pay Jaguar Communications for the calendar year 2016 ($16.95/month = $203.40/year).  Motion passed.

Old Business
Ancestry subscription is due February 2, 2016.  Subscription does not include Fold 3 and newspapers.  Motion by Lois Ahern, second by Pat Mulso, to pay the Ancestry annual subscription fee of $299.00 and to take that fee from savings.  Motion passed.
Motion by Roger Lonning, second by Pt Mulso, to purchase three reams of white paper to be used for copying the TRACER.  Motion passed.
Reminder that the February and March meetings will be at 10:00 AM @ the Museum.  If school is closed or 2 hours late, we will not be meeting.
Sign-up sheet for servers was passed around.
Twenty people attended the Christmas party on December 12, 2015.  Special guests were Salome and Jenna, Youth for Christ interns who are staying with Pat and Bob Goldman.
Regarding frequency of publishing the TRACER: the By-Laws state: “A newsletter is to be published which shall contain related subject matter, data and information of genealogical nature, helpful to those improving their knowledge of genealogy and of interest to those doing genealogical research.”  Consensus of those present was to decrease the TRACER publication from quarterly to three times per year.  No amendment to the By-Laws needed.
Reminder to pay FCGS membership dues of $20.00 for 2016.

New Business
A Library lock-in will be held on Monday, February 8, 2016 from 12:30 to 5:30 PM.  Deadline to reserve a seat is February 1st.

The following newsletters have been received:
Renville County (MN) Genealogical Society
Rice County (MN) Genealogical Society
Freeborn County (MN) Historical Museum, Library and Village
Olmsted County (MN) Genealogical Society
Germanic Genealogy Journal
Genealogical Society of Carlton County (MN)
American-French Genealogical Society
Salt Lake City Genealogical Research trip is scheduled for November 6-12, 2016(Sunday-Saturday).

Meeting adjourned at 10:30 AM.

Coffee and treats provided by Lois Ahern
Program: Roger Lonning introduced Blane Maher, Executive Director, Albert Lea Monument Company.
Blane talked about the history of the business.  Albert Lea Monument is part of Blue Earth Monument, Inc., and has been a family business since 1896.  Blane described the different types of granite as well as the various styles of monuments that are available.

Next Month:
Meeting on Monday, February 8, 2016, starting at 10:00 AM at the Museum
Server: Pat Mulso
Program: Amy Gauthier, Executive Director, Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library and Village

Respectfully submitted by
Lois Ahern

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