Annual Family History Workshop
18, 2021


We hope you can join us for the 45th Family History Workshop, presented by the Heritage Education Commission. Our virtual format this year allows anyone with an Internet connection to participate, regardless of where you are. Our main speaker, Jill Crandell, will present four sessions that are live streamed the day of the workshop:

8:45am - 10:00am       Midwest U.S. Research Methodology
10:30am - 11:45am     Midwest U.S. Case Study
1:15pm - 2:30pm        Finding “Lost” Entries in U.S. Censuses
3:00pm - 4:15pm       
U.S. Land Platting

In addition to our main speaker, we have 11 On Demand sessions that can be watched any time:

In the Beginning: Your Passage into Family History Research, presented by Jackie Marler

Norwegian-American Family History Research in a Nutshell, presented by Jackie Marler

Intro to US Native American Genealogy Records, presented by Forrest Emmet

Five Frequently Asked Native American Genealogy Questions, presented by Forrest Emmet

DNA Health Tests and Your Family Health History, presented by Rick Crume

How to Organize and Label Your Digital Files, presented by Rick Crume

Genealogical Resources at the NDSU Archives/Institute for Regional Studies, presented by John Hallberg

Strategies for Avoiding Common Research Blunders, presented by Camille Andrus

Getting the Most from, presented by Michael Swanson

Ripe for the Harvest: Using Bygdebøker for Norwegian Genealogical Research, presented by Michael Swanson

Tracing Your English Ancestors: Records, Methodologies, and Resources, presented by Emma Lowe


All sessions (main speaker and the On Demand sessions) will be available for you to watch anytime through the end of October.

For more details about our presenters and the sessions, you can view the full 2021 Workshop Brochure by Clicking Here. To register for the workshop online, Click Here. You can also mail in the registration form found in the workshop Brochure.

Attention vendors: you can sponsor the workshop by placing ads in our workbook and videos. Click here for details.

An important part of our family history workshop is announcing the winners of our annual research awards. We encourage all historical researchers to consider submitting projects for award consideration in several different categories. This is an excellent way for your research to receive the recognition it deserves and to make it more broadly available to other researchers. Click here for details on how to submit a project. Award winning projects are submitted to the Archives of the Northwest Minnesota Historical Center at Minnesota State University at Moorhead. Click here to see past award winners. You do not have to attend the Family History Workshop to submit a project.