Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Sept. 18, 2000

Family history meeting set

Fall is in the air and it is time to start thinking about winter projects.

Have you been interested in finding out more about your ancestors, but don't know where to start? Come to the McLeod County Heritage Center, 380 School Road NW, Hutchinson, on Monday, Sept 18, 7 p.m., and let other ("family history nuts") genealogists give you a hand.

Everyone in the Family History Group is willing to give a helping hand as you search for information about your ancestors. It is a very relaxed group where everyone has a chance to give their ideas or suggestions, as well as help with answers to problems.

This past year, the group has had someone at most meetings to speak on various aspects of research, including Dave Johnson, who showed various ways of using a scanner.

Dave Potter from Office Max came to tell the group about what is available at Office Max for copying old photographs and what type of paper to use when putting your book together, plus the different types of binding that are available. He also spoke about copyright laws

Tom Haurer from the McLeod County Chronicle newspaper talked about finding newspaper information on the Internet.

Anne Steele showed how she completed her family history book by updating older family books and working with the scanner.

Lisa Beringer told about the experience her family had when they were going to build a shed and in the process, found two burial sites on their home place.

Hap Anderson shared how genealogy can enable you to make friends world-wide while sharing information with others on the Internet and finding new relatives in the process.

Margaret Hoffmann and Mavis Kottke updated the group on what has been completed in the research library. There have even been some meetings where the group just worked at helping Margaret with newspaper research, in addition to helping individuals.

The Family History Group meets the third Monday of the month, 7 p.m., at the Heritage Center. Everyone is welcome.

The September meeting will be a planning night for deciding what the group would like to do for the coming year and to share new accomplishments that have been made over the summer months.

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