It’s amazing how great it feels when someone finds what they came for at the Blue Earth County Historical Society. In the past week, three different people came in looking for their relatives and they all left with everyone they were looking for. One of the people said he would have to come back after working his way through all the obituaries he found. This was the first time for one of these people and the second trip to see us for the other two. Weeks like this make my job so rewarding.
My name is Heather and I have been working in the research center for two years now; and in that time, I have come to learn a lot more than I thought about genealogy. One of the most basic things I have learned as I have been here comes from Shelley, the Archives Manager, and that is: start with what you know. If you only know your grandparents names, start by looking for them to see when they were married or when they died. This information can help lead to other information, such as parents names listed in marriage announcements, or other siblings listed in obituaries. Census information can also be helpful in locating other family members, but you have to know which city and state they were living in to be able to find this information. The 1940’s census was the first census to be released digitally, and many sites let you search the census for free if you cannot find who you are looking for.
Are you looking for someone in your family from Blue Earth County? Stop in and see me in the Research Center, or e-mail me with what you are looking for and we can see what we have.