This year’s virtual Family History Conference: Growing for Generations is cosponsored by the Stearns History Museum and St. Cloud Area Genealogists. It’s a unique opportunity to learn about conducting your own research on family history with the help of local organizations like ours. Buy your tickets now for $50 for members, $60 for non-members.

What: Family History Conference: Growing for Generations

When: September 19, 2020

Where: Zoom

Why: Learn about researching your family history using local and online resources designed just for you.

How: For those who have registered (now sold out), meet us via Zoom for a virtual interactive learning experience for all ages.

Download the itinerary below.


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Keynote Presenter: Kim Ashford

Kim is a professional genealogist from Minnesota. She has a degree in Family History from Brigham Young University. Kim is a member of several genealogical societies. She is a Past President of the Germanic Genealogy Society (MN) and is one of the founders and a current board member of the International German Genealogy Partnership.

Keynote Presentation: FamilySearch.org — A Place of Learning

Beyond records, there are educational opportunities within the FamilySearch website and offerings. Researchers often need to learn before they can find. Discover more about the FamilySearch Wiki, tutorials, webinars, help features, and their YouTube channel and how each can assist you in learning how to achieve your research goals.

Event Schedule:

After the welcome message and keynote speech, participants will break out into their individual learning sessions and exhibits with a built-in break for lunch, which is provided with your registration fee. You’re also welcome to visit the rest of the museum during the conference. 

9:00 AM: Online Museum Exhibits, Welcome, Announcements, Prizes
9:15 AM: Keynote: FamilySearch.org — A Place of Learning
10:15 AM: Break
10:45 AM: Breakout Sessions, including:
     • Finding Your Immigrant’s Home in Sweden
     • Research Road Trips
     • How to Use Family History Databases
11:45 AM: Break with Online Museum Exhibits
1:00 PM: Breakout Sessions, including
     • Polish Genealogy: Sources in American and Europe
     • From Family Research Project to Published Book—One Writer’s Journey
     • Utilizing Newspapers as a Research Tool
2:00 PM: Break 
2:15 PM: Breakout Sessions, including:
     • Researching Former German Provinces in the East
     • Leaving Your Legacy: Completing a Family History Book
     • Facebook for Genealogists
3:15 PM: Break
3:30 PM: Breakout Sessions, including:
     • Finding Immigration Records Online
     • Tell Your Story: How to Sort, Digitize, and Share Collections
     • Female Connections are the Best Road to Research Success