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Minnesota today is more ethnically diverse than at any time in its history. The work of documenting this diversity is challenging, and the Minnesota Historical Society has turned to oral history as a major tool as it reaches out into immigrant communities. The Society has undertaken a continuing succession of projects in cooperation with the Asian Indian, Tibetan, Somali, Hmong, Khmer (Cambodian) and Latino communities, and is working now to ensure that this remarkable collection of stories is available to educators statewide.
James Fogerty is head of documentary programs and director of the Society’s Oral History Office. He will discuss the immigrant oral histories and the challenges and rewards of working to ensure that the stories of these new Minnesotans become part of the state’s historical record.
The second 2-lecture set in the popular 10-part series of classes offered by the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) and hosted by the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) is coming up on Saturday. Don’t worry if you missed the first set, you can still come! And don’t think you need to be a genealogist to get a lot of useful information from these two classes.
This month’s two genealogy lectures are by MGS member and MHS Genealogy Help Desk volunteer J. H. (Jay) Fonkert, who will present “Census Sleuthing: Strategies for Family History Research” and “The GEO in Genealogy: Using Maps in Family History.”
“Census Sleuthing: Strategies for Family History Research” will take place from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Census records are among the genealogist’s best friends because they provide social and economic snapshots of our ancestors in family settings. This class will help researchers locate hard-to-find ancestors, evaluate evidence against other sources, and link generations together over time. Just in time for this class, the Minnesota Historical Society has launched the Minnesota State Census Index, so you can browse for your Minnesota ancestors using the same search interface as the indexes for Minensota birth certificates and death certificates. You can also use WOTR to report corrections.
After a half-hour break, “The GEO in Genealogy: Using Maps in Family History” will be presented from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Every event in your ancestor’s life took place in a unique place. Maps cannot only help you find the place, but bring that place to life. Maps can help explain how your ancestor got there and what life was like there. This lecture will show examples of many kinds of maps and give tips for finding the maps most useful for your family history research. After the class, be sure to visit the Society’s new map exhibit: “Minnesota on the Map: Four Centuries of Maps from the Minnesota Historical Society Collection.”
A new exhibit - Minnesota on the Map: Four Centuries of Maps from the Minnesota Historical Society Collection - just opened on February 28. The exhibit features dozens of maps, atlases, and artifacts from the Society’s collection, including an atlas from 1595, displayed alongside current road, city, and tourist maps. The Society’s extensive collection of early exploration and travel maps of North America includes document maps and atlases used by Europeans to understand the geography of the “New World” and illustrates how that understanding changed over time. For more information visit the exhibit’s webpage.
If you’re a real map lover, you’ll want to take the library class “Minnesota on the Map: An Introduction to the MHS Map Collection” on March 10 (6:00-7:30 pm). Class participants will walk through the exhibit with Patrick Coleman, the Society’s map curator. The class will continue in the Library where other maps and cartographic resources not included in the exhibit will be viewed and their value in conducting historical research discussed. Register online to make sure you get a spot.
Church Records at the MHS Library - November 18, 2008
Ruth Bauer Anderson will discuss the different church records available at the Minnesota Historical Society. Information will include individual congregations’ records, the WPA records of churches in Minnesota, the Congregational Conference of Minnesota, Episcopal Church materials, church histories and directories, cemeteries, and photographs.
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fraternal Congress Classroom in the Minnesota History Center
Minnesota Historical Society members: $8
From Immigrant to Citizen: The Naturalization Process in the United States
Citizenship papers can provide a wealth of information about your immigrant ancestors, including birth dates, ports of arrival, last place of residence in the old country and next of kin. Learn about the historical process of naturalization, along with some tips of the trade for doing research in these fascinating records. Presented by Reference Librarian Alison Purgiel.