Fall in love with family history at the Waconia Library, which is holding several geneaology events. Pick up a full schedule at the library, or on the website library calendar at www.carverlib.org.
Here are the final four events in this series.
• Getting the Most Out of the FamilySearch Website, with Tom Rice, 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19.
The FamilySearch website is an invaluable resource for finding ancestors, sources, information about places and records and genealogical educational materials. This lecture will show you how to get the most out of this rich treasure trove of genealogical information that should be every genealogists first place to look to on the Internet. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
• Start at the End! Death: A Record Rich Event, with Tom Rice, 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19.
Using death as an example, the point will be made that genealogists should look for every record around each event in their ancestors’ lives. As with every life event the questions are: what are the records about this event, what is in them, where to find them, how to use them and what other records do they point to. Several typical death records will be used as examples of how records should be analyzed as to the quality of evidence presented and the clues they give. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
• History of the city of Carver, with John von Walter, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.
John von Walter holds a lifelong interest in history and family history. He is a longtime member and former chair of the Carver Heritage Preservation Commission and current president of the nonprofit Carver-on-the-Minnesota, Inc. He is assistant editor, columnist, and major article contributor for the “Tidningen,” a publication of the Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota under the umbrella of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He has compiled one of America’s longest genealogical charts and is author of family history books and biographies in Swedish and in English, as well as being author of The Sheriffs of Carver County and the Carver Historic District. von Walter will present an overview of the history of the town of Carver, including some of its families and individuals. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
• Read All About It! Find the Stories of your Ancestors in Newspapers, 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26.
Newspapers, many available online, often reveal unknown, surprising, and sometimes even spicy details about the lives of our ancestors. We’ll explore how to begin uncovering the stories of your ancestors in newspapers. With Lois Schulstad.
The Waconia Library is located at 217 Vine St. For more information, contact (952) 442-4714.