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Minnesota Online Marriage System

Started by Beth Gatlin. Last reply by Theresa Hubbell Jul 13, 2011. 3 Replies

Karl Viktor Pettersson

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FORSTER family of Hennepin

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Comment by Sara on March 7, 2010 at 12:01am
Well, I don't have a blog, but I am on Twitter for anyone interested:
Comment by Jennifer Shaw on February 4, 2010 at 2:09pm
I have a blog and website.

Comment by Annelie Jonsson on February 4, 2010 at 2:52am
How about a twitter and a blogg about genealogy? I doing both. Just started to twitter. It's more fun that I thought.
The blogg at
The twitter at

Any one more in the group who do the same?

Comment by Dawn Ranae (Perry) Best on January 25, 2010 at 9:17pm
I am researching my Dannhoff and Heckman lines. They lived in South Branch, Watanwon County Minnesota
Comment by Annelie Jonsson on September 30, 2009 at 1:44pm
The SwedGen Tour 2009 have started, they touring from WA to MN in US. If you have hit a brick wall in your swedish research, you can join theirs lectures, workshops and one-on-one sessions.

Two stops in Minnesota
* 15th Oct at Isanti County Historical Society
* 16th & 17th Oct at Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota

More about the trip at SwedGen Roadtour October 2009.
Comment by George L. Porterfield on September 1, 2009 at 4:51pm
My recent visit to MN
As noted in my earlier comment here, I recently spent about 9 days in Minnesota and I was able to spend most of that time doing genealogy research. (Since I live in PA, this was a special opportunity for me.)

I spent my first day at the MN Historical Society. Although they have an excellent web site, there is much more information that can be obtained in person. The "I'm new here" class on Saturday morning was a helpful start, and I could have spent much more time digging through lots of microfilm.

The next stop was Washington County and we started with the Washington County Historical Society. My wife and I talked with Brent Peterson there for over an hour and all of us learned a lot about her great-grandparents (Emil Graf and Fredericka Zeh) and Emil's parents. We spent some time where they lived from 1859-1879 at Marine on St. Croix MN, and visited the grave of Emil's parents, sister, and brother-on-law. We even managed to find some one-line obits for Emil's parents in original copies of the Taylor Falls newspaper in the city government building in Taylor Falls.

We next went to Nobles County in southwestern MN where Emil Graf moved to in 1879. (We did not duplicate his move in 1911 to St. Cloud Florida.) Much thanks to Carolyn (I forgot to write down her last name) at the Nobles County Historical Society in Worthington. She kept pulling out more and more books and files for us to look at, each with more info on Emil and his family.

Two interesting discoveries came from our time in Nobles County. We learned that Emil's wife had 4 siblings instead of just the 2 that we knew about. And we may have also learned her mother's maiden name. I have already used this new info to expand the data I had on Fredericka ZEH and her family/ancestors, but I am sure that it will yield much, much more in time. (She had been one of my major brick walls.)

Thanks to all in this forum who gave me hints on places to visit, and people to contact.

Comment by Lynnette McMahon on August 23, 2009 at 12:03pm
Thank you Mary! As my gg-aunt was only 9 years old, don't think she qualified as a 'wayward girl'. In the 1910 US Census - it appears you were either listed as a "Sister" or an "Inmate". Interesting choice of words.

Florence "Flo" Veilleux's (1900-1970) mother had passed away in 1905, her father (Joseph Veilleux Jr) was living with his parents and one son, the other children were scattered. She may have been put into the school as she was the youngest. My great-grandmother (Marie Emily Veilleux) was the oldest child and she appears in the 1910 census as a boarder at age 19.

One younger sister, Laura, is listed as 'charge' of Edward T Griswold and his wife Anna M Griswold. Don't know yet if they were related perhaps to deceased mother, Josephine Marie "Mary" Tiebault (or Theabeau).
Comment by Mary Bakeman on August 23, 2009 at 11:44am
Re: House of the Good Shepherd.
Notes from Reardon's History of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of St. Paul:
1868 -- established as a convent for the Sisters of the Good Shepherd from the St. Louis Motherhouse;
1871 -- addition for the rehabilitation of wayward girls (i.e., unwed mothers);
1878 -- established a Magdalen community;
1879 -- began a private school for girls

Though Reardon's history extends mid-way into the 20th century, he didn't talk about any more changes. It was definitely a Catholic institution, and there are likely records at the Diocesan Archives for 'inmates.'


You might want to check out the entire listing for the census and see if there was a distinction among the residents.

Comment by Lynnette McMahon on August 21, 2009 at 9:16pm
House of the Good Shepherd in St. Paul

Does anyone know the history? Was this a convent, hospital, orphanage?

My gg-aunt was listed as an 'inmate' in the 1910 US Census.
Comment by Mary Bakeman on August 12, 2009 at 11:31am
Hi, George --

You definitely are going to want to spend some time at the Washington County Historical Society in Stillwater, and probably those in Chisago and Nobles Counties, too. Check out their websites to see what info they have.

It's also worthwhile to check out the catalog at the MN Historical Society before you arrive. Since you can do it at home, why spend that great vacation time doing it here? MHS holds the state archives, so some of the county records have been transferred there (no land transactions, though). They also have microfilms of most of the newspapers that have ever been published in the state, some in-house only indexes, and a wonderful photo collection. Make a list, in priority order, for what you want to find out. The staff is more than capable, but there are also Genealogy Helpers there most days. Some have ethnic specialities, and others are generalists (I'm there on most Fridays, from 10-1).

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