Saturday, September 29, 2007

McPherson County Old Mill Museum to Host Swedish Workshop October 12, 2007

Respected Swedish Researcher Elisabeth Thorsell Presents Genealogy Workshop October 12th in Lindsborg

Well-known Swedish genealogist Elisabeth Thorsell comes to Lindsborg for Hyllningsfest 2007. Mrs. Thorsell’s significant knowledge of Swedish records and vast research experience make her one of the most sought-after speakers and researchers in the field of Swedish genealogy. On Friday, October 12, from 10 am to 12 noon, she will present a workshop for all those interested in finding their Swedish roots. The goal of the workshop is to teach the participants how to cross the Atlantic back to Sweden and the basics of using the Swedish church records, including the invaluable husförhörslängder (clerical surveys).

The workshop will be held at the historic 1904 World’s Fair Swedish Pavilion, on the grounds of the McPherson County Old Mill Museum, 120 Mill Street. The public is invited to attend and pre-registration is not required. There will be a modest workshop fee of $2 per person, payable at the door.

Many festival attendees are likely to know of Elisabeth Thorsell, one of Sweden’s leading genealogists. She lives near Stockholm, Sweden, and is married with three sons and four grandchildren. Elizabeth has worked finding the origins of Swedish American since 1978. She has also been deeply involved in the Swedish genealogical community, with ten years as the Secretary of the Swedish Federation of Genealogical Societies, and editor of their journal "Släkthistoriskt Forum" for nine years. These days she serves as the editor of "Swedish American Genealogist (SAG)", serves on the staff on the annual SAG Workshop in Salt Lake City, and continues doing research for Swedish Americans. She received the "Award of Merit" from Swedish Council of America in 2006.

Don’t miss this chance to learn more about your Swedish ancestors with the help of one of Sweden’s best genealogists. For more information call 785-227-3595 or email

Osage County Historical Society Museum & Research Center Announces Two Projects

Osage County Historical Society Museum & Research Center is proud to announce the NEAR completion of two major projects.
We own an obituary collection amassed in nearly thirty scrapbooks. The scrapbooks have been re-indexed by the names of the deceased rather than chronological order. The indices now also contain the maiden names, as well as previous married names, of ladies (insofar as we could determine from the obituary. The master index now contains over 30,000 records with more being added weekly.
One year ago we obtained four reels of microfilm which contain the naturalization records of Osage County. We've been working on that master index since January 2007. While not complete, the index now contains nearly 10,000 records.
The first half of the Naturalization Index can be found under the Resources heading at our website,
The second half will be added when the index is complete.
If your people ever spent any time in Osage County, you may wish to examine these records. Check with us for research and copy fees via email at:

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Finney County Genealogical Society Celebrates 40 Years

Finney County Genealogical Society will be having its 40th anniversary celebration on October 20th. Our regular meeting will be in the morning from 10:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. with Rick Mandigo giving a presentation on "Preparing a Genealogical Photographic". The 40th anniversary celebration will be in the afternoon from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. It will all take place in the Finnup Room at the Finney County Public Library 605 E. Walnut, Garden City, Kansas.