Dakota County Genealogical Society, Minnesota

Dakota County Genealogical Society, Minnesota Genealogy Committee of the Dakota County (Minnesota) Historical Society.
DCGS was founded in 1986 by a group of local residents who wanted to promote genealogical education and local history. In 2018, we became a chapter of the Dakota County Historical Society, www.dakotahistory.org. We host meetings and seminars and provide genealogy-related content to the DCHS newsletter and magazine, "Over the Years."
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A genealogical group based in Dakota County, Minnesota, dedicated to promoting interest in genealogy, improving knowledge about family history research methods, and assisting those who have Dakota County, Minnesota ancestors.

Thank you to everyone that supported DCHS during #GivetotheMaxDay19 yesterday!The organization set a goal of $1,000 rais...
11/15/2019

Thank you to everyone that supported DCHS during #GivetotheMaxDay19 yesterday!

The organization set a goal of $1,000 raised and despite coming up $5 short, it is reason to celebrate.

Thank you again to everyone that contributed! We are well underway with our 2019 Lawshe Fund Campaign and are poised to surpass last year's total - potentially even our 2019 goal of $7,000.

Thank you to everyone that contributed during our #GivetotheMaxDay19 campaign!

Even though we were just shy of our goal of $1,000 ($5 shy to be exact), we will still celebrate!

Thank you again for your support toward this and our Lawshe Fund Campaign! We are on pace with the overall campaign to surpass last years total AND our goal of $7,000.

As you prepare to celebrate #GivetotheMaxDay2019 tomorrow, please consider the Dakota County Historical Society!In 2017,...
11/13/2019

As you prepare to celebrate #GivetotheMaxDay2019 tomorrow, please consider the Dakota County Historical Society!

In 2017, we merged with DCHS and have a board advisory committee that works with staff to continue offering genealogy related programs.

Tomorrow is #GivetotheMaxDay2019!

Please keep us in mind as you prepare to join other Minnesotans in this day of charitable giving!

You can donate to us in 3 ways:
- www.givemn.org/organization/dakota-county-historical-societyDakota-county-museum

- www.dakotahistory.org/donate-now

- Send a check to Dakota County Historical Society
130 3rd Avenue N
South St. Paul, MN 55075

*Please be sure to put Give to the Max or Lawshe Fund in the memo so we know how to account for it!

Check out this list of links of interest to genealogists from the Minnesota Genealogical Society website. A few highligh...
11/07/2019
Minnesota Genealogical Society - Links

Check out this list of links of interest to genealogists from the Minnesota Genealogical Society website. A few highlights are Old Minnesota Maps, The Genealogy Proof Standard, Minnesota Official Marriage System,
Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis Archives, General Land Office Records (BLM), Borchert Map Library at U of M... and the list goes on!

11/07/2019

As we plan for the 2020 calendar year, what are some genealogy topics you want to learn more about?

Do you have other ideas for events you think we should consider?

Last Thursday was our last genealogy lecture for 2019. Shirleen Hoffman explained what records might be found at your lo...
10/23/2019

Last Thursday was our last genealogy lecture for 2019. Shirleen Hoffman explained what records might be found at your local county courthouse. Look forward to new presentations in 2020, and let us know if you have any suggestions for events related to family history!

Interesting story about how the 1890 census came to be destroyed, much to our dismay!
10/16/2019
Destruction of the 1890 Census - Fishwrap The official blog of Newspapers.com

Interesting story about how the 1890 census came to be destroyed, much to our dismay!

Genealogists and historians have lamented the loss of the 1890 census for more than a century. When researchers inquire about the 1890 census, their questions are quickly dismissed with the explanation that a fire destroyed the records. The truth, however, … Continue reading →

10/07/2019

Here's an announcement by Friends of Leduc and Historic Hastings: Just a reminder that tomorrow night (Oct. 8 at 7:00 P.M.) Jim Sullivan will be doing a presentation on the History of Historic Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

This presentation will be at THE HASTINGS VETERANS HOME off 18th Street. As you come over the bridge to the front of the building you want to take a right and drive around the back to enter Door 11.

Yesterday, October 6th, a group of 11 volunteers from Hastings Environmental Protectors and FLDHH gathered at Oakwood Cemetery to do buckthorn removal. It was a beautiful day to be out and after a brief orientation we started in pruning the invasive shrub and chemically treating the stumps to kill them. We cut well over a dozen large piles including the "Mother of all Buckthorn", a huge shrub with 19 branches. Afterwards we had a potluck and relaxed. We made an obvious impact and next spring it will be even more visible. Laine Johnson, President of HEP, suggested we should do another joint buckthorn removal so you may hear more in the future.

Hope to see you all Tuesday night at the Veterans Home.

Cindy Thury Smith
President, FLDHH

This article about Dakota County vital records appears in the current edition of the Dakota County Newsletter.
09/04/2019
News | Dakota County

This article about Dakota County vital records appears in the current edition of the Dakota County Newsletter.

Your feedback is an important way for Dakota County to learn how we are doing. A major component for gathering resident feedback is the Dakota County Residential Survey, which is conducted every three years. Earlier this year, we conducted the latest residential surveyand, in this issue, we highligh...

The National Archives will host its 7th annual virtual Genealogy Fair on October 23.
08/16/2019
Virtual Genealogy Fair October 23 - free and online

The National Archives will host its 7th annual virtual Genealogy Fair on October 23.

WHAT: The National Archives will host our seventh annual live, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on our YouTube channel. Participate in our biggest genealogy event of the year, with “how-to” family research guidance for all skill levels! Sessions will offer guidance on: the National Archives’...

Which records do you wish were digitized? This is a really interesting project in Pennsylvania! We will try to learn mor...
07/25/2019
Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Which records do you wish were digitized? This is a really interesting project in Pennsylvania! We will try to learn more about it.

How do you scan half a million pieces of family history? One steadfast pair of volunteers at a time.

Karen and Jerry Chapman recently wrapped up twenty-two tireless months of volunteer service to HSP as part of our ongoing collaboration with FamilySearch. The records they've scanned will be a boon to researchers for years to come!

This looks really interesting!!
07/03/2019
The Archive Lady

This looks really interesting!!

As our nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, the Tennessee State Library & Archives has launched Patriot Paths, a new project that uses Revolutionary War pension records to map the paths that these soldiers took before and after their service. The project, which is still in progress, was unveiled by State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill at the National Genealogical Society’s recent annual convention. #genealogy #archives

We want to thank all of the researchers that have been volunteering on the Adopt a World War I Soldier project for us!He...
06/28/2019
World War One Biographies

We want to thank all of the researchers that have been volunteering on the Adopt a World War I Soldier project for us!

Here are a few of the biographies that have been written so far! This will be a permanent section of our website!

Dakota County Historical Society

If volunteering at our local genealogical library appeals to you, check out this free training opportunity on July 14.
06/26/2019

If volunteering at our local genealogical library appeals to you, check out this free training opportunity on July 14.

Library Volunteer Training Class
Sunday, July 14, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Are you interested in volunteering at the William J. Hoffman Library & Research Center? If so, training will be held on Sunday, July 14th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100, Mendota Heights, MN 55120. If you are interested in attending, please send an email to [email protected]. Hope to see you there!!

06/09/2019

We haven’t been very active lately with the arrival of summer and the MOA exhibit. Let us know what Dakota County genealogy problem you’re trying to solve!

05/15/2019
Dakota County Historical Society

Please note that while DCHS plans to travel to Mall of America for the WWI exhibit and fashion show, the museum exhibits will be closed.

However, the research area and library will remain open.

As we prepare to hit the road and travel to the Mall of America, the Lawshe Memorial Museum exhibit space will be closed Saturday, May 18th thru Tuesday, May 28th.

The research library will remain open until Thursday, May 23rd. It will close on Friday, May 24th and Saturday, May 25th.

Thank you to all of the volunteers helping to uncover these stories!
05/04/2019
Dakota County Historical Society

Thank you to all of the volunteers helping to uncover these stories!

Check out this great story about the Adopt a WWI Soldier Project we launched in January!

There is still time to register for the April 27 Genealogy Workshop at Lawshe Museum in South St. Paul. Admission to the...
04/18/2019
Apr 27 - Genealogy Workshop at Lawshe

There is still time to register for the April 27 Genealogy Workshop at Lawshe Museum in South St. Paul. Admission to the event is $25 per person, or $10 if you are a member of DCHS, or a volunteer on the Adopt a WWI Soldier Project.

Information found on one of the "adopted" WWI soldiers turned up on ArchiveGrid; have you checked this resource?
04/01/2019
Lester A. McPheron papers, 13 Mar 2002

Information found on one of the "adopted" WWI soldiers turned up on ArchiveGrid; have you checked this resource?

General description of the collection: The Lester A. McPheron papers consists of a transcription of his WWI dairy, and three images. The transcription was completed in 1993 by a grandson of McPheron, Les LaMotte. In his diary, McPheron describes his march through an artillery barrage to the front li...

We will be holding our Adopt a WWI Soldier standing meeting on Saturday, April 6 from 10:30 to 12 at Dakota County Histo...
03/25/2019

We will be holding our Adopt a WWI Soldier standing meeting on Saturday, April 6 from 10:30 to 12 at Dakota County Historical Society, where volunteers may stop in to ask questions, drop off completed research, and "adopt" more names to research. If you are interested please stop by during that timeframe. If that time doesn't work, you can schedule a different time to meet with a volunteer. Our goal is to conduct research on each person who served from Dakota County in WWI, so that eventually we will have a short biography on each person. This information may also be used in the Memorial Day weekend exhibit at Mall of America. (Photos from MNHS exhibit last year.)

Our presentation by Lois Ambromitis Mackinac, PhD is underway!She is presenting on how you can use DAR online resources ...
03/22/2019

Our presentation by Lois Ambromitis Mackinac, PhD is underway!

She is presenting on how you can use DAR online resources in your genealogy research.

03/08/2019
Town Square Television

Here is a great video produced by Town Square Television about our current Adopt a WWI Soldier Project!

Find out how you can help preserve the history of World War One soldiers from Dakota County.

03/08/2019
Town Square Television

Our Adopt a WWI Soldier Project got some great news coverage by Town Square Television today!

Find out how you can help preserve the history of World War One soldiers from Dakota County.

We will be holding our Adopt a WWI Soldier standing meeting this Saturday, March 2 from 10:30 to 12 at Dakota County His...
02/26/2019

We will be holding our Adopt a WWI Soldier standing meeting this Saturday, March 2 from 10:30 to 12 at Dakota County Historical Society, where volunteers may stop in to ask questions, drop off completed research, and "adopt" more names to research. If you are interested please stop by during that timeframe. If that time doesn't work, you can schedule a different time to meet with a volunteer. Our goal is to conduct research on each person who served from Dakota County in WWI, so that eventually we will have a short biography on each person. This information may also be used in the Memorial Day weekend exhibit at Mall of America.

Here is a 1927 obituary of Mrs. August Langer of Farmington from the obituary clipping books at the Lawshe Museum.
02/22/2019

Here is a 1927 obituary of Mrs. August Langer of Farmington from the obituary clipping books at the Lawshe Museum.

Saturday, March 23 GENEALOGY SEMINAR byGermanic Genealogy Society9:00 am to 4:00 pmGood Shepherd Lutheran Church 7600 Ca...
02/18/2019
Germanic Genealogy Society - Events

Saturday, March 23
GENEALOGY SEMINAR by
Germanic Genealogy Society
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 7600 Cahill Avenue E., Inver Grove Heights

Three speakers:
Lois Mackin will give presentations about Using DNA in your genealogy and getting the most out of your DNA test results.

Kim Ashford will talk about RootsMagic genealogy software and using Family Tree on Familysearch.org

Bob Rowe will give presentations on "Find A Grave" and Legacy Family Tree software

Early bird registration runs through March 1.

Based in Minnesota, we help people research their German Heritage in all the Germanic areas in Europe and around the world. We are here to guide you in finding that data with books and links to online

Thank you to all who attended and volunteered and a special thank you to Garrett Zaffke. We are so excited about this pr...
01/15/2019

Thank you to all who attended and volunteered and a special thank you to Garrett Zaffke. We are so excited about this project! If you missed this event but are still interested in participating, there is a second event planned for this Thursday, January 17th at the Lawshe Museum from 7 until 8:30pm. Call 651-552-7548 to register.

Thank you to all who attended and volunteered and a special thank you to Garrett Zaffke. We are so excited about this project! If you missed this event but are still interested in participating, there is a second event planned for this Thursday, January 17th at the Lawshe Museum from 7 until 8:30pm. Call 651-552-7548 to register.

According to a new report, 1/3 of Americans cannot name all of their grandparents.If you are fortunate to have your gran...
12/21/2018
One-third of Americans can’t name all of their grandparents

According to a new report, 1/3 of Americans cannot name all of their grandparents.

If you are fortunate to have your grandparents living, start talking with them NOW to collect their stories and history! This will help with your future genealogy research and ensuring their stories are able to be passed down to future generations.

If your grandparents are no longer with you, do not let that stop you from getting to them know! We can help you with your genealogy research to learn more about them and other past generations!

A third of Americans are unable to name all four of their grandparents, according to new research. From knowing names of family members, tracing their family tree or knowing when their family came …

We have an exciting project coming in January 2019!If you know of a student looking for an internship, please have them ...
12/12/2018
Employment

We have an exciting project coming in January 2019!

If you know of a student looking for an internship, please have them contact the Dakota County Historical Society. More information can be found by clicking this link.

Dakota County Historical Society

Read about the work an intern at MNHS is doing to process St Cloud Reformatory inmate case files and WWI Military Servic...
11/23/2018
MNHS Intern assisting with preserving and sharing history

Read about the work an intern at MNHS is doing to process St Cloud Reformatory inmate case files and WWI Military Service Questionnaires.

Activities and accomplishments of Minnesota Historical Society volunteers and interns About The Minnesota Historical Society's volunteer and intern programs welcome people from all communities to engage in mission-related projects. Over 2,500 volunteers and interns contribute 71,000 hours annually.....

One of our favorite genealogists and presenters, Paula Stuart-Warren, is presenting a free webinar through Family Tree W...
11/19/2018
FREE webinar: Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking

One of our favorite genealogists and presenters, Paula Stuart-Warren, is presenting a free webinar through Family Tree Webinars online on Wednesday, November 28. If you have a relative who was a railroad worker, this one is for you!

Yes, the pun in the title is intended. :-) Join me and Legacy Family Tree Webinars online on Wednesday, November 28, at 11:00 a.m. PST, Noon MST, 1:00 p.m. CST, and 2:00 EST for this presentation.…

Kudos! On November 7, the board of the Dakota County Genealogical Society honored President Richard Thill (second from r...
11/19/2018

Kudos! On November 7, the board of the Dakota County Genealogical Society honored President Richard Thill (second from right) for 18(!) years of dedicated service as president of our organization. He was presented with this plaque and a gift card. We also thanked Jim Olson (not pictured) as Vice President and the rest of the board and committee chairs for their service. In 2018, DCGS merged with the Dakota County Historical Society. Instead of acting as two separate organizations, the Genealogy Committee of DCHS will carry out activities much like the group has done in the past, but with closer alignment. "Like" and follow this page for meeting news and updates.

Sharing this newspaper article from the South St. Paul Daily Reporter on April 28,1923 for two reasons: an obituary for ...
11/16/2018

Sharing this newspaper article from the South St. Paul Daily Reporter on April 28,1923 for two reasons: an obituary for Mrs. Elizabeth Kirchner of Inver Grove, and a funny story about a hen who "invaded" a home and laid an egg on a dresser. (You don't see that happening much nowadays...)

On March 3, 1849, the Minnesota Territory was officially formed. Dakota County was one of nine original counties created...
11/16/2018

On March 3, 1849, the Minnesota Territory was officially formed. Dakota County was one of nine original counties created at the time.

The history of Dakota County did not begin at this point, but was already happening. From the Dakota that lived on this land, to settlers and the fur trade, Dakota County's history goes beyond 1849.

To help us preserve this history, consider making a donation by visiting (https://www.givemn.org/…/Dakota-County-Historical-S…/welcome) or (www.dakotahistory.org/donate-now).

On March 3, 1849, the Minnesota Territory was officially formed. Dakota County was one of nine original counties created at the time.

The history of Dakota County did not begin at this point, but was already happening. From the Dakota that lived on this land, to settlers and the fur trade, Dakota County's history goes beyond 1849.

To help us preserve this history, consider making a donation by visiting (https://www.givemn.org/organization/Dakota-County-Historical-SocietyDakota-County-Museum/welcome) or (www.dakotahistory.org/donate-now).

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130 3rd Ave N
South Saint Paul, MN
55075

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Thursday 09:00 - 20:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00

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