Genealogy and the Law Comes to Steele County Historical Society

OWATONNA, MN (June 6, 2017) – The Steele County Historical Society announces the genealogy workshop, Genealogy and the Law, being held June 13, 2017 at noon at the Steele County Historical Society.

The law effects many aspects of life such as marriage, land ownership, taxes, voting, inheritance, citizenship, and what information had to be recorded and how. Learn how to discover what the law was where and when your ancestors lived.

Presenter Tom Rice is a full time genealogy researcher, lecturer, and writer. Tom’s research focus is on families who have settled in or passed through the upper Midwest. Research on his extended family has involved New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Montana, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Slovakia and Norway. Because of research on past clients’ research needs, he is also familiar with French Canadian, and Swedish records and research tools.

In solving a problem for a client, Tom employs as wide a range of record types as can be found relating to the issue at hand from the basic church and vital records, federal and state censuses, military pension and service records, newspapers, and city directories to his favorites, land and court records.

Tom enjoys teaching and coaching which means he gives frequent lectures and often provides one-on-one coaching on genealogy methodology and more effective use of software tools.

This event is open to the public and is free of charge for members, $5 admission for non-members.

The Steele County History Center is a part of the Steele County Historical Society, a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1949. Its mission is to preserve and share Steele County history today for tomorrow.  The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Steele County’s past through museum exhibits, research, collections, tours, educational programs and book publishing.

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