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Thoughts from a Retiring DAR Registrar

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by
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Last Saturday, April 22, I concluded my second-and-a-half term as Registrar of the Lake Minnetonka chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. I thoroughly enjoyed my five years in office, and am happy to hand over my responsibilities to my successor, Shirleen Hoffman, who is also a professional genealogist and a colleague in the Northland chapter of the Continue reading the story "Thoughts from a Retiring DAR Registrar"

Farewell to 2016, Welcome to 2017

Posted on: January 26th, 2017 by
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In so many ways, 2016 was an interesting and productive year, and 2017 looks even more promising. One of my favorite things is teaching, and I had the opportunity to do lots of that! Some of my highlights were beginning to give talks on DNA, presenting a webinar on probate records, and speaking at several local, state, and (inter)national conferences (including the 2016 Celtic Connections Continue reading the story "Farewell to 2016, Welcome to 2017"

What does raisin cake have to do with genealogy?

Posted on: October 29th, 2016 by
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Tomorrow I will be speaking at Hennepin County Library's annual Family History Fair on "Finding Female Ancestors." During my talk one of the topics will be women's historical household roles, including cooking, sewing, and needlework, and what recipes and crafts can tell us about family history. While I was preparing for a previous talk on researching Cornish ancestors--my Trewren and Edmonds ancestors came from Continue reading the story "What does raisin cake have to do with genealogy?"