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June 22-23: Family History Conference

Minnesota State Mankato's library serving as co-host for event.


MANKATO, Minn. – Open to anyone interested in researching their family history, the Minnesota State University, Mankato library is pleased to be co-hosting the Minnesota Genealogical Society summer Family History Conference on June 22-23 in Mankato.

The Friday, June 22 reception will be held from 6 p.m. ot 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Earth County Historical Society, located at 415 Cherry Street in Mankato. The Saturday, June 23 conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the first session starts at 9:30 a.m.)

“Researching family history can be a form of detective work,” says Daardi Sizemore, archives and special collections librarian at Minnesota State Mankato. “Historical ‘clues’ lead researchers to different resources and repositories. The Family History Conference offers new and veteran family historians the opportunity to learn about the resources available at area research facilities and learn about new tips and tricks for successful genealogy research.”

The theme for the Family History Conference is, “South Central Minnesota in the 1860s.” The Friday reception will include a presentation by Susan Hynes on “We Went to the Fort: Winnebago City in 1862.” On Saturday, Stephen Osman, retired senior historian from the Minnesota Historical Society, will be speaking on “Minnesota’s Two Civil Wars: A Primer.”

In addition to the keynote presentations, other conference sessions include: Researching Civil War Era Ancestors, Using Maps in Genealogical Research, Five Steps for Beginning Genealogists, A German Genealogy Primer. A full list of sessions is available on the Minnesota Genealogical Society website at and the Minnesota State University Archives website at

The early-bird registration fees are $10 (Friday) and $40 (Saturday) and are due by June 15. Registration after June 16 is $15 (Friday) and $45 (Saturday). Lunch is included in the early-bird registration fee.

The event is co-organized by the Minnesota State Mankato library, the Blue Earth County Historical Society, and the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

For more information contact Jessica Potter (Blue Earth County Historical Society) at 507-345-5566 or Daardi Sizemore (MSU Library) at 507-389-1029. Email requests for information may be sent to Information is also available online at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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