Date: Thursday, October 5, 2023
Location: Lawshe Memorial Museum or Zoom
Fees: $10 per person, $5 for DCHS members
Join the Dakota County Historical Society and Certified Genealogist Paula Stuart-Warren for "20th and 21st Century Research"
Please note, this event is hybrid. When registering, please select whether you plan to attend in person, or virtual. Virtual attendees will receive a Zoom link as the presentation date approaches. Light refreshments will be served during in-person programs.
Are you stumped by missing or split families, unindexed censuses, city dwellers, lack of extended family, or often-mobile families? As we move forward in the 2st century do you need information on the more recent generations? Do you have living relatives to find? Some researchers have neglected the more current relatives thinking there aren't as many resources to use. After this session you will be prepared to find some information on those who lived or were born in the 20th century. Sure, there are fewer censuses, but the many other records that are available will help you. As the years passed by some records became more standardized. More courthouses regularly created indexes. To these we add today's explosion of online catalogs, indexes, and finding aids. Research is research, no matter the time period. Some things remain constant, and some records do contain more information and may be indexed. Whether you are researching in the 18th, 19th, 20th, or 21st century you still need to link the generations by proving relationships, checking out the relatives, putting people in specific places and verifying names, dates, and places. Finding a living relative with information to share or finding out more about a relative you knew is rewarding research.
Paula is an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher, and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in railroads, the WPA, and Native American records. She has spent extensive research time at libraries, courthouses, state archives, historical societies, and at various locations of the U.S. National Archives. She is currently a coordinator and instructor for the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, has presented courses for several institutes and academies, and continues to present virtual seminars and webinars across the U.S. and in Canada. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and the Association of Professional Genealogists. She currently has her own educational website and blog at http://genealogybypaula.com and is enthusiastic about sharing knowledge and continuing education.
Registration is required for this event, though walk-ins are allowed for the in-person program. You must pre-register through the DCHS website to receive the Zoom link.