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Nellie was a Rebel: Using Unusual Sources to Find Her Child’s Father (case study)

  • 7 Aug 2024
  • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
  • Zoom Webinar Platform

Presented by Mary Risseeuw, sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

Audience Level – All

A case study in how to utilize unusual, and little used sources, to unlock the stories of your ancestors. This webinar examines the use of County Board Proceedings as a greatly underutilized source that provides leads to fascinating details about your ancestor’s lives. Examples show how a 5 cent discarded book provided clues that helped solve a mystery and provided more context to a family tragedy. Serendipity can happen to anyone!

About the Speaker:
Mary Risseeuw has researched 19th & 20th century Dutch immigration for over 30 years. She has lectured throughout the U.S. and the Netherlands on the subject. Some of her publications include:

  • A Phoenix Sesquicentennial Tribute: 1847–1997
  • I end with my pen, but not with my heart: Dutch immigrant letters, memoirs and travel journals (editor/compiler 2008)
  • Diverse Destinies: Dutch Colonies in Wisconsin and the East (editor/contributor 2012)
  • Dutch Reformed Education: Immigrant Legacies in North America (contributor 2020)

She has a B.S. from UW-Madison and M.A. & M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University. Mary’s previous MGS webinar is available in the members-only area of the MGS website: 4 October 2023 — Society Briefs, Village News or the other “Gossip Columns”



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