Archive for the ‘Genealogy’ category

Sign up for Fergus Falls Community Education Class and find out about our library

February 20, 2008

Uncover the hidden treasures at the Historical Society library on either March 6 or April 3 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Mail registration to: Community Education, 117 West Washington Ave., Fergus Falls, MN  56574. The fee is $10/per person.

These days/times don’t work for you?? We would be happy to arrange a time that does. Give us a call to set something up.  Phone: 218-736-6038 or email


Original Public Land Survey Plat Maps of Minnesota

July 30, 2007

A digital collection of the state’s original plat maps drawn by the U.S. Surveyor General’s Office over the years 1848-1907. The original public land survey plats were created during the first government land survey of the state. The collection of plat maps can be viewed with a simple click to view or download over 3,500 plat maps and associated textual data. Check out their website to view this interesting resource.


May 11, 2007

It was a pleasure to assist Lyle Copelan and his sister today in our research library (check out his website which includes a Family Tree and a Family Tree Blog). The resources we used today while he was here included: biography files, obituary card catalog, cemetery index, township boxes for Deer Creek, Henning, Leaf Lake and Otto townships, County Superintendent’s record books, New York Mills Centennial book, Fiskari Century Farm file and newspapers for Fergus Falls and New York Mills. This is just one example of any given day in our library. Library Version Now Available

April 18, 2007

We are now subscribing to Ancestry Library Edition, a collection of more than 4,000 genealogical databases including over 2 billion names. Ancestry provides U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930; a Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; American Genealogical Biographical Index; Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes); and World War I Draft Registration Cards. We are one of several libraries within the Viking Library System subscribing to this service. Admission to our library is $5/day and the computers aren’t always available so please call ahead or take your chances by just dropping by. -Kathy Evavold

Minnesota Digital Library

April 18, 2007

I met with Marian Rengel, Outreach Coordinator for the Minnesota Digital Library Coalition, yesterday to discuss the possibility of our participation in Phase 3 of “Minnesota Reflections”. Check out the Minnesota Digital Library and specifically the images that we have submitted so far, and give us some suggestions as to which kind of images you would like to see. They are accepting images, documents and maps created through December 31, 1949. Let us know what you think of this project! -Kathy Evavold

Community Education Class on Genealogical Resources in our Library

April 18, 2007

On April 16 I presented a Community Education class in Ashby, MN with Patty Benson from Grant County Historical Society on the genealogical resources available both here at the Otter Tail County Historical Society and in Grant County which is located in Elbow Lake, MN. OTCHS offers a similar class through Fergus Falls Community Education – Uncovering Hidden Treasures – four times a year – Spring and Fall. We would be happy to arrange a private/group presentation at any time. Give us a call! -Kathy Evavold