Free Genealogy Series at Hawley Library

Speaker, writer and genealogist Rick Crume began researching his family history at the age of 14. His quest yielded answers.

“A brother of my ancestor was last recorded in the 1880 census. For years, I wasn’t able to find any record of him-it was like he vanished!” shared Crume. “When newspaper records went online, I found him again! He could be traced from Minnesota to California to Central and then finally to South America,” Crume continued. “Turned out he had married four times…without necessarily divorcing the previous spouse. He was on the run and made big headlines!” he added.

Join Rick Crume along with Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County Archivist Mark Piehl for a free genealogy series beginning next Wednesday at Barnesville Library to learn more about yourself and your family’s past.

“There’s a very good chance that genealogy websites like Ancestry and HeritageQuest have information on your family, but finding information on your ancestors can be hit or miss. In these presentations, you’ll learn tips and tricks to save time and search these sites effectively,” Crume concluded.

Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors Online
Tuesday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Join us as Rick tells us why unreliable family traditions, language barriers and name changes often make it hard to trace immigrant origins. Thanks to online records, it’s now easier than ever before to identify when your ancestors immigrated and where they were born.

Genealogical Resources of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County with Mark Peihl
Tuesday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Learn about the many resources available locally including school census records, city directories, land records, tax records and WWI Alien Registration Forms.

Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest @ Your Library
Tuesday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Rick Crume will show you the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resources are at your library! Unlock your family story by accessing census information, vital records, immigration records, legal docs, photos and more!

Genealogy Hacks: Tricks to Crack the Top Genealogy Web Sites
Tuesday, November 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Rick Crume will get you out of your genealogy search rut! Finally find your ancestors with by learning these clever “hacks.”

Sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported in part or in whole with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.