Family History

When you’re ready to start recording your story, a family pedigree chart can help. There are many options to be found online or you can click the link provided. List yourself as person number one and start working backwards from there recording names of parents, grandparents and even great grandparents if possible.

Record as much as you remember and don’t worry about what you can’t. Include places of birth, marriage and death when possible.

Then start searching your own family history through family members and genealogical websites such as Family Search, a free website, to fill in the blanks. Soon you’ll have created an invaluable record to share with your children and grandchildren.

(A link to has been provided. You will need to set up a free account to access their information.)

Another helpful site in your search could be the Minnesota Historical Society which provides free access to some of their research collections such as digital newspapers, maps and oral histories as well as a people search option.

Follow the link provided and click on the collection you want to search.

Don’t forget to look at local historic societies as well that house specific items related to their geographical area. Stopping in or calling one of these societies can provide invaluable information from resources that aren’t found on websites. For example, the Pipestone County Historical Society houses multiple research items such as early phone

books, plat maps, and an index of births, marriages and obituaries as they appeared in the local newspapers of the county.

When filling out the family tree chart there a few things that are helpful to know: 

  1. Dates are recorded in genealogical records in a specific manner.  For example: March 27, 2020 would be written as 27 March 2020. 
  2. Males are always listed above females so on the family tree chart linked above your father would be person number 2 and your mother would be person number 3.
  3. Females are always referenced by their maiden names, even after marriage.  When listing your mother, you would use her maiden name and not her married surname.