Family History Fair 2014 is Saturday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.
Connect with leading genealogists and local experts, and learn how to start or expand your own family history project using exceptional state, local and library resources.
National genealogy expert Alice Eichholz will kick off the fifth-annual event with a 9:30 a.m. keynote talk, “Finding Ancestors in All the Right Places.”
Other experts will lead workshops 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and share tips for using resources including NARA, Fold3, HeritageQuest, Genealogy Connect, FamilySearch and Ancestry, and advice for storytelling, finding family in courthouse records, and researching Native American, Irish, and German ancestors.
More than 30 genealogical, historical and heritage groups will be available at resource tables between workshops 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to answer questions and share information. A photography expert will be available to offer one-to-one assistance with placing historic photographs.
Hennepin County Library staff will give an optional tour of the genealogy and government documents area at Minneapolis Central Library at 1:45 p.m.
Family History Fair 2014 is sponsored by the Friends of the Minneapolis Central Library in collaboration with the Minnesota Genealogical Society.
Register for this free event at www.hclib.org or call 612-543-8000.
Hennepin County libraries offer Genealogy Research events throughout the year to help you trace your family history. Additional genealogy and local history resources are available at www.hclib.org.
About the presenters:
Alice Eichholz, PhD, CG is a nationally known family history researcher, writer and adult educator. She is best known for her publication Ancestry’s Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources and as a mentor to doctoral students at Walden University. Presenting: Finding Ancestors in All the Right Places
Lois Abromitis Mackin, PhD is a professional genealogist focusing on American and English research. She has three degrees in history, and she has studied at major genealogical institutes. She writes for Minnesota Genealogist and is the 2013 winner of the Minnesota Genealogical Society Founders Award for visionary leadership. Presenting: Finding Military Records in All the Right Places – NARA and Fold3.com
Jean Bielke-Rodenbiker is a librarian at Minneapolis Central and Southdale libraries, and has been doing genealogy for 15-plus years. Her special interests are English, Scottish, Irish, Prussian, Swedish, and early American and Quaker genealogy. Presenting: HeritageQuest and Genealogy Connect
Jerry Blue is a librarian at St. Anthony and Pierre Bottineau libraries, a freelance Twin Cities storyteller, and Residency-Storytelling artist for COMPAS, a statewide non-profit arts organization. He has been researching his family history and stories for the past six years to help him understand and promote the legacy of African American stories. Presenting: Life Stories – We are All Storyteller
Jeanne Boutang Croud has been conducting genealogical and historical research for more than 40 years. She has researched a number of Native genealogies, including her own, and has consulted on Native probate investigations and provided information and corrections for federal probate hearings for the Department of the Interior. Presenting: Finding Your Native American Ancestors
Ann Eccles has been researching her Irish family lines for the past dozen years. She is editor of The Septs, the quarterly journal of the Irish Genealogical Society International, and she serves as secretary of their board of directors. She is a retired Hennepin County librarian. Presenting: Searching for Irish Ancestors in the U.S. and Irish Records
Jay Fonkert, CG specializes in Midwest genealogy, with interests extending to Scandinavia, The Netherlands and England. His teaching articles have appeared in Minnesota Genealogist, The Septs,Family Chronicle and NGS Magazine. Past president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, he is a director of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Presenting: Finding Your Family in Courthouse Records
Lois Hemmeter Edwards is author of Beginner’s Guide to Germanic Genealogy, published by the Germanic Genealogy Society (GGS) in Minnesota. She is a past president and former journal editor of GGS. She has been researching her German families for 25 years and has given presentations on German genealogy in Minnesota, Colorado, Iowa and Wisconsin. Presenting: Finding Your German Ancestors in Europe
Tom Rice, CG is a professional genealogical researcher, lecturer and writer. He is a past director of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, past officer and current director of the Irish Genealogical Society International, managing editor of The Septs, and Minnesota Historical Society genealogy help desk volunteer. Presenting: FamilySearch – The Gateway to the World’s Largest Genealogy Library
Mary Wickersham is co-president of Midwest Ancestor Research. She has given many talks on family history and technology. Mary is president of the Irish Genealogical Society International and a past director of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. Presenting: Tips for Finding Records on Ancestry.com
Participating groups include:
Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
Anoka County Genealogical Society
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International
Danish-American Genealogical Society
Dating a Family Photo
Daughters of the American Revolution
Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War
DNA Interest Group, Minnesota Genealogical Society
Family Search Minneapolis
Finnish Genealogy Group of Minnesota
Friends of the Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery
Germanic Genealogy Society
Hennepin County Library Genealogy Volunteers
Irish Genealogical Society International
Mid America (ScanPro)
Minnesota Genealogical Society
Minnesota Historical Society
Norwegian-American Genealogical Association
Romanian Interest Group
Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota
Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
West Indian/Caribbean Genealogy Group
Look for more news on the Hennepin County Library website: www.hclib.org/about/news