Board of Directors and Research Center
Information on Genealogy
The Roseau County Historical
Society Board of Directors recently re-elected the following
individuals to the 2004 executive committee, Glenn Holm, President,
Irene E. Olson, Vice President, Neal Johnson, Treasurer, and Sheila
Winstead, Secretary. Three new board members are now a part of the
board of directors. New RCHS board members are Jeff Pieterick,
Greenbush, Lisa Hanson, Greenbush, and Bennie Heppner, Warroad. We are
excited to have these new board members they give a good
representation from across Roseau County. 2004 board members also
include Anne Erickson – Badger, Bruce Olson - Badger, Darrell Borgen -
Badger, Ida Novacek - Roseau, and Lola Grafstrom – Salol.
Genealogy or family history
has become a national pastime. The Roseau County Historical Museum and
Research Center have materials that will benefit those who are
interested in finding researching past family members. The research
center focuses on all areas of county history which includes
genealogy. Over the years we have had many families donate family
history books to the museum as well as their family’s history. Over
3,000 family files, many of which contain photographs of family
members, including great-grandparents and their children may be found
in the research center.
The Roseau County Museum
Research Center has a microfilm reader printer available for patron to
use. The research center also has the following census records
available on microfilm, 1895, 1900, 1905, 1910, 1920, 1930, plus the
1880 United States and the 1881 Canadian census records. With these
records a genealogist will be able to research back approximately
three to four generations. Census records can give some very
important information including how long the family has been in the U.
S., what country they were born in, their present ages, and what they
did for a living. The 1900 census is the only census to give the month
and date of birth. Census records prior to 1890 do not give detailed
genealogy information. Most 1890 census records were destroyed in a
fire, although some records have been rediscovered, some Minnesota
records are a part of those not destroyed.
If you are interested in
beginning your family tree or have compiled quite a bit of information
already we would love to assist you in started or advancing your
The Society is sponsoring
Genealogy Seminars in conjunction with the Scandinavian Festival. on
Saturday, June 12,
at the Roseau
School Library in Roseau.
The seminars will be held at 9 am, 10:30 am, and 1 pm.
Minnesota Historical Society Reference Specialist Duane
Swanson will present these seminars which will focus on the unique
series of government records available to the researcher.
The first seminar will cover
the basics of census, naturalization and vital records including tips
on how to extract the most information from them. The second session
will cover Minnesota military, correctional and welfare facility
records, and other records created by state government (e.g. disaster
relief records). The 1 pm session covers government records created
by local government records: especially court records, school records,
township/municipal records, and records of the
auditor/assessor/register of deeds. The public is invited to attend
these seminars. If you are interested in attending, please contact the
Roseau County Museum.