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  2017                     

FCGS Meeting Minutes

February 13, 2017

President Lois Ahern called the meeting to order. There were 8 members present.

Secretary’s Report: A motion was made by Mike Knoll to accept the January 2017 meeting minutes as written. Millie Roberts seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report: The treasurer’s report was presented by Vickie Storlie. A motion to accept the treasurer’s report by Roger Lonning and seconded by Kaye Klukow. Motion passed


  1. A motion was made by Jane Maiden to pay the Jaguar Communications bill for 12 months, total of $203.40. Linda Evenson seconded the motion. Motion passed.


  1. Salt Lake City Trip: October 29 – November 4, 2017

  2. Membership renewals are past due.


  1. Need Program for March meeting. Ideas were discussed and several programs were decided upon.

  2. Received the following Newsletters:

  1. Otter Tail County Genealogical Society Newsletter

  2. Decorah Genealogical Association & Winneshiek County Historical Society

  3. Minnesota Genealogical Society

  4. Germanic Genealogy Journal

  5. Germanic Genealogy Society – 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference information. Held in July.


A motion was made by Vickie Storlie to adjourn the meeting and Kaye Klukow seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Coffee and treats were provided by Kaye Klukow

Program: Michael Knoll on Low German

March Meeting: Servers: Ed & Virginia Plantage Meeting canceled due to the weather

Program: Lois Ahern – Clues in Photographs – Bring an old photo or a copy of one to the meeting to look at.

April Meeting: Server: Roger Lonning

Program: Roger Lonning and Kaye Klukow on Scanning devices.

7:00 p.m. at the Museum.

Respectfully Submitted

Vickie Storlie

Assistant Secretary

April - December meetings held at 7:00 P.M. at the Freeborn County Historical Museum.
Apr. 10: Roger Lonning and Kaye Klukow on Scanning devices
Reminder that we go back to meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the museum

Mar. 13: Meeting canceled due to the weather
Roger Lonning -
Roger Lonning and Kaye Klukow on Scanning devices
May 8: Jean Pelikan
June 12: Picnic
July 10: Open
Aug. 14: Pat Mulso
Sep. 11: Open
Oct. 9: Pat Goldman & Jane Maiden
Nov. 13: Vickie Storlie
Dec. 11: Christmas Supper

Salt Lake City Trip for 2017
October 29 - November 4
More details to follow

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
Diahan Southard. 2/22
Geoff Rasmussen. 1/13

March 2017
Writing Up Your Research by Michael J.
Apprentices, Indentured Servants, and
Leclerc, CG. 1/17 (BCG)
Redemptioners – White Slavery in America by

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG. 3/1
Create a Free Google Earth Historic Map

Collection for Your Research by Lisa Louise
50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know
Cooke. 1/18
by Gena Philibert-Ortega. 3/8

Playing Nice In The Genealogy Sandbox by
Home on the Range: Kansas Research Tips by
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
Grenham. 3/15

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

the GPS by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL.
Your Whiteboard in the Cloud: Trello for
5/16 (BCG)
Genealogists by Lisa Alzo. 4/12

Remember Me: Lifestreaming and the Modern
Complete Photo Restoration in 4 Easy Steps
Genealogist by Thomas MacEntee. 5/17
by Eric Basir. 4/14

WikiTree: Free for All without a Free-for-All by
The Genealogy in Government Documents by
Eowyn Langholf. 5/24
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
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. 6/7
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:
How Harry Potter Can Teach You About DNA
Transportation Records of the Freedmen’s
by Blaine Bettinger. 6/14
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
Research by Angela Packer McGhie, CG. 7/18 (BCG)
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
September 2017

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
Gray. 8/2

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:
(Re)Search by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL.
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
Arizona Territorial Records are now online through
Ancestry and they are free to Arizona residents.
They include the Territorial Census records from

Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly
MyHeritage Adds New York City Marriages,
1950 - 1995, Online

Required by Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG. 11/21

Web Sites

Ship Logs and Journal of the Honorable
East India Company Service

St. Louis Genealogical Society
(For members only)