Dakota County Historical Society
To preserve, interpret and promote the history of Dakota County.


Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual
Fees: FREE

There is nothing more exciting in family history research than the discovery of homeland origins. Attendees will learn about unexpected places to find clues to pre-immigration origins, connect families across North American and homeland records, and continue research in the homeland.

Jay Fonkert is a genealogy researcher, educator, and writer, who focuses on 19th-century Midwest research. He is a co-managing editor of Minnesota Genealogist and president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He has lectured at numerous regional and national conferences, lectured for genealogy societies in 11 states, and has published more than 80 research and teaching articles.

Registration for this virtual event is required. After registering you will receive a confirmation email. A separate email closer to the date will be sent containing the link and passcode for joining the event.

This presentation is offered free of charge, but encourage you to make a donation to the Dakota County Historical Society to offset the loss of revenue we are experiencing through cancelled events. Donations will allow us to continue operating at a high level and continue to provide these programs virtually in the future.

This event is made possible by the Union Pacific Foundation COVID-19 Relief Grant. 

Upcoming Genealogy Presentations:

  • September 15, 2020: "I Got my DNA Results. Now What?" by Elizabeth Gomoll
  • September 17, 2020: "Finding Military Records and Fold3" by Cathi Weber
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