Sunday, April 27, 2014

-- TechTrek Genealogy Conference

Tech Trek Genealogy Conference
April 25-26

I had the great fortune to attend the Tech Trek Genealogy Conference yesterday [April 26th], which was put on by the  Minnesota Genealogical Society and their co-sponsors the Czechoslav Genealogical Society International & the Pommern Regional Group of Minnesota. The featured speaker was well known genealogist & tech master Thomas MacEntee

After a full 8 hour day of speakers & breakout sessions, I was surprised at the many things I didn't even know, that I didn't know... after 20+ years of work in genealogy!

As a somewhat 'tech challenged' genealogist, I greatly enjoyed the 3 different lectures by the great Mr. MacEntee... "Building a Research Toolbox", "Managing your Genealogy Data", & "Google for Genealogists"...  All 3 of the lectures were very informative & full of ideas for how I might better organize & maintain my genealogy.

The other breakouts that I took in were "Blogging Panel", "Newspapers Online", and "The Best of Genealogy Book Websites". 

I was stunned to learn about all the free books to be found online! Beth Foulk, is without a doubt one of the best genealogy speakers I've had the pleasure to experience! Check out her blog & website!

Among the gems shared by Beth, the website Hathi Trust Digital Library will rock your genealogy world! The books I've found this morning alone have dazzled me & my future research!  Check out the site and start finding books you never even knew were out there!

So my conference experience was great! Hopefully, some of you were able to get there as well... and if you didn't, you should check out the MGS page and plan for a future workshop! In October, the amazing Judy Russell "The Legal Genealogist" is the keynote speaker and I'm already excited for that 2 day event!

Enjoy those genealogy endeavors~

Mystery Photo... Sleepy Eye, Minnesota

Meyer-Windhorn-Grundmeyer familes of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota

This lost photo was recently rescued from an antique shop... and on the back is written

"The Groom Otto Meyer (seated)  
Al Windhorn  
William Grundmeyer"

I did a brief search and it appears that Otto Meyer lived in the Sleepy Eye area, and died in 1927... his wife was Alvina Grundmeyer... I assume that the William Grundmeyer in this photo is a relative of the brides... not sure how/if Windhorn connects.

It's a very nice cabinet card photo... and it would be wonderful to reunite it with a family member who would appreciate adding it to their genealogy archive!

[** Update 5/6/14- Photo was returned to a Meyer descendant! Thanks to Barb for helping in the quest]

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mystery Photo... Gottschling from Martin County, MN

I recently rescued this photo from an antique shop...
 and it isn't exactly a 'mystery photo'... as someone has written on the back  

"Grandpa & Grandma (Herman & Eva) Gottschling  
Wedding 1894"

I did some very brief research and it appears that Herman & Eva continued to live in Martin County, Minnesota, near the small town of Welcome, Minnesota.

It is a very nice cabinet card photo and it would be nice to return it to a family member who would appreciate it.

[** Update 5/6/14- Photo was returned to a Gottschling descendant! Thanks to Barb for helping in the quest]