Topics on Family History: State and Federal Military Records
Find out what your great-grandfather did in his military service. This class will focus on draft registration, enlistment, service records, discharge records and unit histories.
Topics on Family History: Federal and MN Census Records 1790-1940
Census records can provide many clues for family history researchers. Learn how to search for census records in online databases, what information each census contains, and how to use census information to find additional records for furthering research.
Topics on Family History: Citizenship: Law, Process and Records
Learn about citizenship laws and records, including the Alien Registration Act of 1918, which ordered all unnaturalized aliens to register and make sworn declarations about themselves, their immediate family members and their property holdings.
Topics on Family History: Historical Newspapers
Learn how to find and search historical newspapers in both free and fee-based databases in Minnesota and across the country. Get ideas about how to enhance your family history with stories from the newspaper about church and community affairs, moments of fame (or ill reput), current events, and material culture in your ancestors' lives.
Topics on Family History: Using DNA
Learn about the available tests—Y, mitochondrial, and autosomal—and the testing companies that offer them so you can determine the most effective way to spend your DNA dollars.
Topics on Family History: Church & Cemetery Records
Before civil governments kept records of births, marriages, and deaths, these life events were recorded in churches and cemeteries. Learn about these records, how to locate them, and how they can help solve your family history problems.