BAXTER — The Brainerd Public Library will present the Crow Wing County Genealogy Conference on May 4 at the Arrowwood Lodge in Baxter. Participants are asked to pre-register for the free event by calling 829-5574.
Registration for the event begins at 12:30 p.m. with presentations running until 4:30 p.m. During registration and breaks local nonprofit history and genealogy organizations will provide informational tables to help you on your quest for family history.
Speakers and topics will include:
• Census Research with Lois Mackin: Mackin has given several talks on American census records and how to use them. Topics include population and non-population schedules of the federal census as well as state censuses. All talks provide an overview of the census records and what they contain, show where to find them online and in repositories and discuss how to get the most out of them for your research.
• Vital and Church Records: Get full value from these essential records with Tom Rice. Vital and church records are key sources for learning the facts about genealogical events and relationships. This is where we go to find dates and places of births, marriages and deaths and the identities of parents, spouses and children. Learn the how, why, where, when and what of these records. How to find them and how to get full value from them.
• Documenting the Immigration Trail: A Five-stage Approach with Jay Fonkert. Immigration was a chain of events of preparations to leave home, embarkation at a port, arrival in an American port, getting established in a new community and gaining U.S. citizenship. Learn how to use records to document the entire process.
This free Legacy Program sponsored by your library is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.