Presentations and Workshops

Genealogy 101

This course will cover the some of the skills and records used in basic genealogy. We will cover the following topics:

-How to get started researching your family tree.
-What is a pedigree chart and how to fill it out.
-Basics on how to organize your research and your records
-Where and how to access different record types such as the Census, birth, marriage, and death records.
-What are some pitfalls to avoid and how to work around possible road blocks.

During the last part of the course, there will be a few in-class actives to practice some of the new skills you’ve learned.

Anti-Racist Genealogy

When researching white European ancestors, it can be easy to overlook how whiteness affected their lives and how white privilege has impacted the availability of information and documentation about them.

Professional genealogist Mica Anders will discuss what’s missing from traditional genealogical practices, how genealogy can inform or reveal racial/cultural identity, and give ideas for using genealogy in transforming historical harm. This class assumes a basic understanding of racism and white privilege. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

African American Genealogy

Genealogist and artist Mica Anders will introduce tools to begin your genealogical exploration, highlight uniquely African-American sources, and help you uncover the stories of your family to honor its legacy.

Secrets and Stories Revealed in Civil War Pension Files

The Civil War touched the lives of most Americans in the late 1800s. Civil War Military Pension files provide a unique portal into that time. These historic documents reveal much more than just which side a soldier fought for and their military service record. They tell stories of ordinary people and how they lived during this time. They even reveal stories of lost loves, secret affairs, and for some, reveal who their slave owner may have been and what their life was like while enslaved. Join professional genealogist, Mica Anders, and hear about this unique set of documents. Learn how to find out about your own Civil War ancestors and how to obtain copies of their files.

The Positive and Negative Effects of using DNA in Genealogical Research (DNA 101)

The tie between genealogy and genetics has been getting a lot of attention lately as DNA kits, like AncestryDNA and 23andme, have become more popular. There are a lot of things to be learned from testing your DNA. Come learn more about the basics of DNA kits, how to use the results to further your genealogical research, and what to do when you receive matches that you never expected.

During the last part of the course, there will be a few in-class actives to practice some of the new skills you’ve learned.

Using Genealogy and Genetics Together (DNA 102

There are a lot of wonderful tools and things to be learned from both the field of genealogy and in DNA kits. They both have a lot to offer in family history research. Yet there are drawbacks and misunderstandings to both. Come learn more about both fields and see how they can work together to help you learn more about yourself and your family history.

Latin American Genealogy

Latin American genealogy involves many different countries across more than one continent. It encompasses multiple languages and various races & ethnicities. There are, however, some commonalities throughout. In this class, led by professional genealogist Mica Anders, you will learn a some basic genealogy techniques and hear more about records and resources commonly used when researching your Latin American roots.

He Came From Everywhere & Nowhere: Using a 4-Generation Case Study to Break Through a Brick Wall

How do you figure out where your ancestor is from when each document you uncover lists a different birth date and location? Using research about a local family from St. Paul’s Rondo Community, you will learn how I broke through through this brick wall and uncovered a neat piece of Minnesota history in the process.

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