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."

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.

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.

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).

Another WWI research tip from the National Archives explains that burial cards are now online for those who died in serv...
11/10/2018
US National Archives

Another WWI research tip from the National Archives explains that burial cards are now online for those who died in service during WWI.

When an individual died during World War I, a burial card was created.

These cards are a rich resource for researchers and family historians, with information that included names of family members as well as what unit the deceased person was assigned to, and information on how they died.

Findmypast makes their entire collection of more than 9 Billion records and all historical newspapers free for three day...
11/09/2018
Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana

Findmypast makes their entire collection of more than 9 Billion records and all historical newspapers free for three days. All UK, Irish, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and US records as well as all British, Irish and World Newspapers are free from the 9th to the 12th November 2018

Findmypast makes their entire collection of more than 9 Billion records and all historical newspapers free for three days
All UK, Irish, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and US records as well as all British, Irish and World Newspapers are free from the 9th to the 12th November 2018

11/08/2018
US National Archives

Interesting Veterans Day story about the last U.S. Soldier to be killed in action in WWI, just two minutes before the War ended.

One hundred years ago on November 11, 1918, the First World War came to an end. For Pvt. Henry Gunther, however, it was too late.

He was shot and killed at 10:58 am, just two minutes before the Armistice was declared at 11 am and the fighting stopped. He was the last American soldier to be killed in this conflict.

Mitchell Yockelson, archivist, shares some of the records related to Pvt. Gunther's death and eventual repatriation and reburial in Baltimore, MD.

Want to learn more about WW1? Join us at 1 pm EST on Thursday, Nov. 8, for a Facebook Live in commemorative of the 100 anniversary of the end of WW1. Mitchell Yockelson will share original records related to the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and the World War I Armistice agreement.

Here is a guide to WWI research in Minnesota. We are gearing up for a project in 2019 to "Adopt a Dakota County Soldier"...
11/04/2018
LibGuides: WWI: Minnesota in the Great War: Minnesota's Home Front

Here is a guide to WWI research in Minnesota. We are gearing up for a project in 2019 to "Adopt a Dakota County Soldier" and will be looking for volunteers to help us create biographies of all of the men and women who served from Dakota County in WWI. Stay tuned! And enjoy your research...

A description of major resources on World War I and related topics.

10/29/2018

Hi Everyone,

Please join us this coming Thursday, November 1st at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Dakota County genealogy! The meeting will be held at the Lawshe Memorial Museum (130 3rd Avenue N – South St. Paul, MN 55075).

The meeting will select a liaison to sit on the Dakota County Historical Society’s board of trustees, as well as discuss our newest project: “Adopt a World War I Soldier” project. There will also be discussion on planning for the 2019 calendar year.

We hope to see you there!

Thank you,

*************************
Matt Carter
Executive Director
Dakota County Historical Society
130 3rd Avenue N
South St. Paul, MN 55075

Tel: 651-552-7548

Popular genealogy event coming up on October 27 in Minneapolis!
09/25/2018

Popular genealogy event coming up on October 27 in Minneapolis!

2018 Family History Fair

Saturday, October 27, 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m., at Minneapolis Central Library to connect with expert genealogists and learn about state, local and library resources; learn to identify clues to your family history; find out how to use and evaluate DNA for family connections, and more. Visit resource tables, attend workshops and learn how to start your family genealogy. Register online or Ask Us.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Minneapolis Central Library and presented in collaboration with the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

https://www.hclib.org/about/news/2018/September/family-history

We are ready for Saturday's event! Please be sure to stop by between 9 and 4
08/18/2018

We are ready for Saturday's event! Please be sure to stop by between 9 and 4

The only missing pieces for tomorrow's Genealogy & History Fair are the vendors and you!

Stop by tomorrow (Saturday, August 18th) between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. to talk with local historical societies and businesses about how they can help you with your research.

There will also be three breakout sessions that include a variety of presentations to assist with your research.

Sharing an event from the Friends of LeDuc & Historic Hastings:CEMETERY MYSTERY SOLVED WITH HISTORICAL DOCUMENTSThe publ...
08/02/2018

Sharing an event from the Friends of LeDuc & Historic Hastings:

CEMETERY MYSTERY SOLVED WITH HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS

The public is invited to attend a presentation by Jeremy Jackson, recruiter at Hamline University and avid genealogical researcher from the State Archeologists Office, on Tuesday, August 14, 7 p.m. at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings, MN.

Jackson will address the findings at Rose Hill Cemetery in Nininger Township. During excavation the contractors discovered that the area had once been a burial ground. The name plate for the grave of Robert Caleff was discovered and immediately the information went to the Hamline Historical Human Remains Project. Jeremy Jackson and 5 other researchers took on the project and within 2 hours they were able to identify whose graves had been unearthed. The casket of Henrietta Caleff was a steel box with a window so only the face could be seen. Henrietta had passed away before Robert & the cost of this type of casket would have been $300 while a wooden casket of the day would have cost $1. The reason for Henriett'as casket being made of steel was that perhaps she had died from "consumption" or tuberculosis, which was highly contagious.

Among the living relatives Jackson located are brother Paul & Fritz Morlock, their great-great-grandfather who was Robert Caleff's brother. Paul Morlock is a Hastings resident and retired owner of Law's Nursery; Fritz Morlock is a St. Paul resident. It is their hope to have the bodies buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Hastings with a proper graveside service.

Another mystery that Jackson was involved with was when excavators found human remains at the Hastings CVS Pharmacy location in 2014. It will be of great interest to learn how these remains were identified without any clues.

This meeting is free & open to the public. Come learn how another mystery has been solved by using modern day technology.

Please share news of the August 18 event with friends and colleagues.
07/28/2018
Dakota County Historical Society

Please share news of the August 18 event with friends and colleagues.

Genealogy & History Fair

WHEN
Saturday, August 18, 2018
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE, no RSVP required; but register to reserve a seat in one of the speaker's sessions.

WHAT
EXHIBITORS – CLASSES - NETWORKING
An opportunity for people to gather and learn about local history and genealogy resources available to researchers and educators.

WHERE
Dakota County Historical Society’s Lawshe Museum
130 Third Avenue N., South St. Paul, MN 55075
651.552.7548

In 2018, the Dakota County Genealogical Society merged with the Dakota County Historical Society (DCHS). In addition to continuing to offer four genealogy educational programs each year, together DCHS and its Genealogy Committee will collaborate on events like this one to showcase our local resources. We hope to work with local schools, libraries and educators to promote teaching of family history research methods, especially to young people.

The event will feature vendor booths that consist of historical and genealogical societies and businesses that can help you with your research and preservation. Attendees will get the opportunity to walk through the vendor area and speak with each organization to find out what resources they have to offer you and your love for history. As the day progresses, three breakout sessions will be held on the second floor of the museum. Light refreshments will be provided throughout the day, but there are a number of restaurants nearby for lunch.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. -
Genealogy Smart Start: Things I Wish I'd Known
Elizabeth Williams Gomoll of Red Bird Genealogy Services will show how to avoid missteps when doing family history research. Tips and techniques will be helpful to beginners and experienced genealogists as well. For more information, please visit (www.redbirdgen.com). 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. -
It's Not All On the Internet?: Seeking Your Comfort Zone As You Approach Different Repositories
Paula Stuart-Warren will present on the resources you are missing out on if you have not visited a local historical society, genealogy library, university library or government archive. This session will deal with making these visits familiar and comfortable for you. For more information, please visit (www.genealogybypaula.com). 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. -
Putting It All Together: Creating a Family History Book
Lots of information? What to include? Where to begin? Jeff Baker of Sagis Legacy will provide multiple resources and ideas to design, organize, select, and create a treasured book. For more information, please visit (www.sagislegacy.com). Thank you to each of the speakers and vendors that will be present at the event.
Dakota County Historical Society
& its Genealogy Advisory Committee
Dakota County Libraries
Dakota County Vital Records
Forever
Friends of LeDuc & Historic Hastings
Genealogy by Paula
Hennepin History Museum
Minnesota Genealogical Society
Northfield Historical Society
Ramsey County Historical Society
Red Bird Genealogy Services
Rice County Genealogical Society
Rice County Historical Society
Sagis Legacy
Scott County Historical Society
Town Square Television
Washington County Historical Society

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please see our website for program and registration details:
www.dakotahistory.org

Address

130 3rd Ave N
South Saint Paul, MN
55075

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

(651) 552-7548

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