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

This Year's DREAM TRIP will be from October 29th through November 4th, 2017
These are a few pictures from a recent "Dream Trip" to Salt Lake City.
(This Year's DREAM TRIP will be from October 29th through November 6th, 2017.)


January - March meetings at 10:00 A.M. at the Freeborn Co. Historical Museum
April - December meetings held at 7:00 P.M. at the Freeborn Co. Historical Museum

FCGS Programs
Jan. 9 - The Most Forgettable Person I remember
Feb. 13 - Program on Low German by Michael Knoll
Mar. 13 -
Apr. 10 -

Jan. 9 – Lois Ahern
Feb. 13 – Kaye Klukow
Mar. 13 – Ed & Virginia Plantage
Apr. 10 – Roger Lonning
May 8 – Jean Pelikan
Jun. 12 – Picnic
Jul. 10 – Open
Aug. 14 – Pat Mulso
Sep. 11 – Open
Oct. 9 – Pat Goldman & Jane Maiden
Nov. 13 – Vickie Storlie
Dec. 11 – Christmas Supper

Thank you to all the Officers and Board Members that served this past year.
Thanks to those that are serving this year.

Salt Lake City Research Trip
A research trip to the World’s Largest Genealogical Library located in Salt Lake City, Utah is planned for Sunday, October 29 Monday, November 6, 2017. Whether you are a beginner genealogist or have been researching for 50 years, this is a trip of a lifetime.

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

Findmypast launches Catholic Heritage Archive
Findmypast Has announced immediate availability of millions of exclusive Catholic records published online with more coming soon. The records are from the United States, Britain and Ireland. The company also announced:

Findmypast also announces new additions to the ambitious United States Marriages project
Release marks significant expansion of Findmypast’s US data collectioncatholicheritagearchive

Leading family history website, Findmypast, today announced the creation of the Roman Catholic Heritage Archive, a ground breaking initiative that aims to digitize the historic records of the Catholic Church in the United States, Britain and Ireland.

Findmypast is today releasing over 3 million exclusive records including sacramental registers for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1757 to 1916 as well as for the British Archdioceses of Westminster and Birmingham from 1657 onwards. This builds on last year’s publication of more than 10 million Irish Catholic parish registers.

The Catholic Church holds some of the oldest and best preserved genealogical records ever created. However, as many of these documents memorialize important religious sacraments such as baptism, marriage and burial, their privacy has long been protected and access to original copies has traditionally been hard to come by.

In collaboration with various Archdioceses of the Catholic Church, Findmypast is helping to bring these records online in one unified collection for the first time ever. Exclusively available on Findmypast, images of original documents will be completely free to view in many cases. Fully searchable transcripts will also be included, providing family historians from the around the world with easy access to these once closely guarded records.

The next phase of the Catholic Heritage Archive will include records from the archdioceses of New York and Baltimore as well as additional records from Philadelphia. There are over 30 million records in just these three dioceses. The digitization of the whole archive is a monumental undertaking and, when complete, will contain hundreds of millions of records for the USA alone.

Brian Donovan, Licensing Manager at Findmypast said; “The Roman Catholic Church is the largest Christian denomination in the world. Despite the popular perception that it had few adherents in Britain, or was not that important in American settlement, it has always been a significant component (up to 25%) of the population. The Catholic Heritage Archive will uncover the history of millions of Irish, Italian, German, Polish and many other nationalities as they made a new home in the USA.”

Kate Feighery, archivist at the Archdiocese of New York said; “The Archdiocese of New York is delighted to begin the process of opening their sacramental records for historical research. As one of the major immigration hubs in the country, and the second largest diocese in the United States, many Catholic Americans can trace their ancestors back to New York. The Catholic Heritage Archive will allow interested amateur and professional historians to more easily find out more about their family’s roots in Catholic New York.”

Cait Kokolus, Director of the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Records Center said; “The digitization of parish records is a great gift to the Catholics in the Archdiocese. Now they will be able to find where their grandmother was baptized, or when their great-grandparents married. In such a quickly changing society, many people are discovering that knowing their family history gives a sense of identity and stability.”

10 million new US marriage Records

Findmypast has also just released a further 10 million United States Marriage records in association with Family Search International. The new additions cover 45 states, over 1,800 counties and date from the early 17th century up to the present day. Over 65 million records are currently available to search within the collection.

Covering 360 years of marriages from 1650-2010, when complete this landmark collection will form the single largest online archive of U.S. marriages in history and will only be found in its entirety exclusively on Findmypast.

The launch of these new US records is central to Findmypast’s growth strategy in the U.S. They will complement Findmypast’s massive collection of British and Irish data, providing many more connections and a more comprehensive experience to family historians in the US and all over the world.

FCGS Meeting Minutes
January 9, 2017

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

Secretary’s Report:  A motion was made by Pat Mulso to accept the November meeting minutes as written.  Virginia Plantage seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report: The treasurer’s report was presented by Pat Mulso.  A motion to accept the treasurer’s report by Mike Knoll and seconded by Kaye Klukow.  Motion passed

 A motion was made by Pat Mulso to pay the FCHM a $300 donation and seconded by Pat Hanson.  Motion carried.
A motion was made by Vickie Storlie to pay $299.40 to Pat Mulso for the yearly subscription and seconded by Virginia Plantage.  Motion carried.

President Lois Ahern thanked the outgoing and in coming Officers and Board Members for their service.

 Winter cancellation policy for the genealogy society follows School District 241’s.  If school is either delayed or cancelled our meetings will be cancelled. 

Received the following Newsletters:  FCHM, Carlton Co. Genealogical Society, Olmsted Co. Genealogical Society and the MGS (Minnesota Genealogical Society)
Mike Knoll volunteered to give a program for the February 13 meeting.

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

Coffee and treats were provided by Lois Ahern.
Program:  Talking about a special or unforgettable person in our lives. 

February 13 Meeting:      Server: Kaye Klukow
Program: Mike Knoll on Low German.

Respectfully Submitted
Vickie Storlie
Assistant Secretary

2017 Legacy Webinars

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

Tips and Tricks to Organizing Your Genealogy
by Shannon Combs-Bennett . 1/11
Weaving DNA Test Results into a Proof
Argument by Karen Stanbary, CG. 2/21 (BCG)
Legacy Family Tree for Complete Beginners by
Geoff Rasmussen. 1/13
Finding Missing Persons With DNA Testing by
Diahan Southard. 2/22
Writing Up Your Research by Michael J.
Leclerc, CG. 1/17 (BCG)

March 2017
Apprentices, Indentured Servants, and
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
Cooke. 1/18
50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know
by Gena Philibert-Ortega. 3/8

Playing Nice In The Genealogy Sandbox by
Thomas MacEntee. 1/25
February 2017
Photography for Genealogy by Nicka Smith. 2/1
Home on the Range: Kansas Research Tips by
Cari Taplin, CG. 3/10

The “WHO” of Genetic Genealogy by Blaine
Bettinger. 2/8
Why are Irish records so weird? by John
Grenham. 3/15
The “WHO” of Genetic Genealogy by Blaine
Bettinger. 2/8
Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name
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
Preserve, Share, and Search Your Digital
Pictures with Google Photos by Geoff
Rasmussen. 4/5
Introduction to Quaker Genealogy Research by
Craig Scott. 3/29

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

MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA with
the GPS by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL.
5/16 (BCG)
Complete Photo Restoration in 4 Easy Steps
by Eric Basir. 4/14
Remember Me: Lifestreaming and the Modern
Genealogist by Thomas MacEntee. 5/17
The Genealogy in Government Documents by
Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. 4/18 (BCG)

WikiTree: Free for All without a Free-for-All by
Eowyn Langholf. 5/24
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
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. 6/7
Neighborhood Reconstruction: Effective Use of
Land Records by Mary Hill, AG . 4/19
The Increasing Need for Foreign Language
Indexing by Devin Ashby. 6/9
Finding and Using Land Ownership Maps by
Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. 4/26
How Harry Potter Can Teach You About DNA
by Blaine Bettinger. 6/14
Researching Criminal Records by Ron Arons. 4/28
May 2017
Take Me Back to Where I Belong:
Transportation Records of the Freedmen’s
Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji. 5/3
Our Next Steps with Autosomal DNA Testing by
Diahan Southard. 6/16

Introduction to Danish Genealogy by Fritz
Juengling. 5/10

Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find
Jacob Bush’s Father by Elissa Scalise Powell,
CG, CGL. 6/20 (BCG)
New York City and State Governmental Vital
Records by Jane Wilcox. 5/12
Virtual Family Reunions: Super Easy, Super
Fun by Pat Richley. 6/21
July 2017
Censational Census Strategies by Mary
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
Family Photographs by Jared Hodges. 7/14   
Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories
by Ursula Krause. 8/16
Analyzing Documents Sparks Ideas for Further
Research by Angela Packer McGhie, CG. 7/18 (BCG)
How to do Mexican Research and Be
Successful by Jonathan Walker. 8/23
The Firelands, The Connecticut Western
Reserve, and the Ohio Territory by Peggy
Clemens Lauritzen, AG. 7/19

Getting Started with Evidentia by Ed
Thompson. 8/30
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
How to Do It by Janet Hovorka. 7/26
Finding Isaac Rogers by Nicka Smith. 9/13

August 2017
Tracing Your West Country Ancestors by Kirsty
Gray. 8/2
The ABCs and 123s of Researching Your
Ancestor’s School Records by Melissa Barker.
A Taxing Matter: Using Tax Lists in Genealogy
by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. 8/9
When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a
Proved Conclusion? by Tom Jones. 9/19 (BCG)
Using Pictures with Legacy Family Tree by
Geoff Rasmussen. 8/11
Wolfram Alpha for Genealogists by Thomas
MacEntee. 9/20
Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to
Identify Enslaved Ancestors by LaBrenda
Quick Guide to Texas Research by Deena
Coutant. 9/27
Southern States Migration Patterns by Mary
Hill, AG. 10/11

October 2017
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
Ouimette, CG. 10/17 (BCG)
Understanding Alabama by Rorey Cathcart.

The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy by
Gena Philibert-Ortega. 10/18

December 2017
Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records by Lisa
Salinas. 12/6
Midwestern & Plains States Level Census
Records by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS,
FUGA. 10/25
I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the
Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes by James M.
Baker, PhD, CG. 12/13
Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick
Walls Down Piece by Piece by Ursula Krause
and Luana Darby. 11/1
Finding Your Nordic Parish of Birth by Jill
Morelli. 12/15

New York City Genealogical Research:
Navigating Through The Five Boroughs by
Michael L. Strauss, AG. 11/8
The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive
(Re)Search by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL.
12/19 (BCG)
Using Non-Population Schedules for Context
and Evidence by Jill Morelli. 11/10
Palmetto Pride – South Carolina for
Genealogist by Rorey Cathcart. 12/20
British and Irish research: the differences by
Brian Donovan. 11/15
Problems and Pitfalls of a “Reasonably
Shallow Search” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG,
CGL. 12/27
Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly

Arizona Territorial Records are now online through
Ancestry and they are free to Arizona residents.
They include the Territorial Census records from
Required by Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG. 11/21

MyHeritage Adds New York City Marriages,
1950 - 1995, Online

Web Sites

Ship Logs and Journal of the Honorable
East India Company Service

St Louis Genealogical Society
(For Members Only)

2017 International Germanic Genealogy
Conference, Minneapolis, MN
nationalGermanicGenealogyConference v2.pdf