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Building Update 2 - 7/2/2014

It’s official, the building is ours! Over the next few weeks we will begin cleaning and painting the lower level before moving the Museum Gift Shop and Marian Anderson Art Gallery. One of the challenges that we face will be making sure that we can alter some of the walls within the building. If you would like to physically help with some of our light construction projects, please contact Jessica.  

Building Update 1 - 6/24/2014

We are about to enter into a very exciting time for the Blue Earth County Historical Society. As of July 1, 2014 the entire building will be ours. Here are some of our current plans for the building.

One of the biggest changes will be to move the main entrance to the Warren Street entrance instead of the current Cherry Street Door. First, we will begin with cleaning, painting and light maintenance work in the lower level, including opening the second stairwell between the upper and lower levels.

How can Social Notes be helpful for researchers?

Many people would not think the gossip column from a newspaper could provide useful genealogy information, but there are little tidbits that can come to the surface that help unlock different mysteries. For example, from the Mankato Free Press in 1907 related to Madison Lake:

“Farmers between here and Janesville who have organized a county telephone line took out a number of poles from Madison Lake, Wednesday. The line will connect with the Cannon Valley System at Janesville and besides that place will give service to St. Clair and Cream.”

What are the best ways to find and copy naturalization papers completed by your ancestors?

The best place in Minnesota to find naturalization papers is to visit the Minnesota Discovery Center is Chisholm, MN. As a part of their collection, they have all the naturalization forms on microfilm.

The Research Center at the Blue Earth County Historical Society has a copy of the index for all naturalization records that came from Blue Earth County. The information included with this index allows the researcher to know which reel of microfilm they need to look at, as well as contact information for the Minnesota Discovery Center.

What genealogical resources are available outside of the Internet?

The internet seems to be the place where people go to find out more information about their family history. There are many great resources available online, but there are also many great resources available offline as well to assist in your quest for your family, they often just take a little more digging.

Around the Research Center

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.

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