Kittson County Historical Society

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A group of people actively interesed in the growth and development of the Kittson Historian. Membership in this group will help your stay in touch with all new developments activities. Please join and show your support in our future.

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Comment by Glenn Browne on December 30, 2011 at 4:01pm

Adding your membership to this group will result in you receiving an email on any new developments or improvements regarding the Kittson Historian. You will receive a friendly reminder to visit and learn about new facts and information posted. Please also consider joining any other groups that deal specifically with a family, town or special  interest.  Please be an active member.

Comment by Glenn Browne on July 10, 2012 at 12:53pm

Thanks to Jackie Edkins and D.L. Olson for joining our Active Members Group. We started this group over six months ago with Cindy who is the museum Director, Kathy who handles research, and me as the administrator of the web page.

Kathy works Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays so she is unable to give a reply to any requests on the other days. The Historical Society and Museum board wishes she could be employed each day of the week but we are constantly challenged by minimal funds.  Our entire Kittson County has less than 4,500 residents so our tax base is thin.

Cindy recently was successful with a grant application and we now have some funds to hire a part time person to start indexing the contents of the Museum. We might be a small county but our Museum involves six buildings and storage space is limited. At present the idea is to have photographs taken of each item in the museum and save it to a computer with the history of the item. Such things as the name of the person that donated it, a detailed description, the full history, and where it is located.

There are so many thousands of items it is impossible to keep track of them all. Last year a very special historical book and an Indian hatchet went missing. Unfortunately they were not missed right away so it is difficult to know just how and when they went missing. It will be interesting to follow the survey and indexing and see just how many items are on display and in storage.  More on this topic to follow.

Tomorrow is the July meeting (monthly) of the Kittson Genealogy Association. The last few months we have been seeing ten to 12 members.  This a slow growth group but we are making some headway with making the public aware of our presence.

Feel free to ask questions or make suggestions in this group.  Keep in mind that when you join any particular group, you will automatically receive an email advising you that something new has been posted.  This works well if you are interested in a particular family or topic.  Any time to you add a post to a particular group, each member will get an email notifying them of new activity. It is a great way to stay up to date on things that interest you.  More to follow shortly.

Comment by Glenn Browne on August 17, 2012 at 10:29am

Membership has now reached 130. This web page was started February 26th 2009. At one time we were averaging four new members a month but it has now dropped to 3.17. More importantly than the number of members is the participation.  Weekly activity is picking up as more members make comments, contribute information, or ask questions. As the content of our web page grows, it increases the number of topics the google search engine saves to their records. More people are learning of our existance as a result of a google search. As our membership and information grows, google will help us grow larger. Thank you for your cash donations and your participation.

Comment by Glenn Browne on September 13, 2012 at 11:42am

The September meeting of the Kittson Genealogy Association was held on Wednesday the 12th with five members in attendance. Many others sent in their regrets by email. This is a busy time of the year for most people.

The prime topic of discussion was on local cemetery lists of burials.

The goal is to have a list for each cemetery showing the full name of the individual and the dates they were born and died.  In particular we need to know the location of the graves site in order to eliminate the countless hours spent walking up and down the rows looking for the person of interest.

Many of the cemeteries are now constructing a type of bulletin board, on site, that posts the information and makes it available to all visitors.  Some list the burials alphabeticaly with the grave site number. A few display a diagram of the cemetery with each burial marked with a number or a letter and a index along side.  Far to many of the older cemeteries are not active and have no funds to provide an index.

While the active cemeteries keep up to date records that are available for review, the rest are in various states of  neglect. Locating the custodian of the records of the old cemeteries is a bit of a challenge.  It is very important to create a list of the burials throughout the county, before more grave sites are lost to memory.

Marcy Johnson has taken it upon herself to start building a list of burials for each cemetery, including any and all abandoned, private, and lost grave sites. She has been gathering all the records she can find and at present over eleven thousand names are listed.  This is a big job and will take some time. Some 70+ cemeteries have been located and were included in the Cemeteries book that was printed a few years ago. This book was sold out very quickly, including a second printing. Once the lists are updated it will be printed a third time. The book does not list the burials but the location of the cemeteries and how to find them.

Also on this months meeting agenda was Google Maps.  It is of great help in locating local cemeteries and other points of interest.  With a description of your ancestors property is is possible to view the site and make a copy for your records.

At the start of this year we began collecting a dollar from each member in attendance. It is a small sum, considering what things cost today. However it is slowly building up a source of funds for the Kittson Genealogy Association. At the moment we have collected the grand sum of $72.00.  Keep in mind this is seperate from the funds donated for the annual Ning site costs.

This sum of $72.00 also supplies us with the fact that seventy-two times, members of the association have given us their support by attending a meeting.

Comment by Katharina Hoffman on September 14, 2012 at 5:24am
There should be a way for us overseas members to give as well, ever considered a paypal account or something? That's a very easy way for people to give a little now and then.
Comment by Glenn Browne on September 14, 2012 at 6:47pm

It may be time for us to check out a paypall account or similar methods that could simplify the collection of donations. We will report further, once we have an opportunity to learn just what is involved. Thanks for the suggestiion.

Comment by Vicki L. (Johnson) Volker on September 15, 2012 at 6:28pm

Is there anything that I can do to help with the cemetery lists?

Comment by Glenn Browne on September 15, 2012 at 7:40pm

Hi Vicki, Thank you for the offer.  Marci Johnson has the matter well in hand at the present time. She has created a database for each cemetery and has entered any and all information that is available.  She is in the midst of fine tuning the data and cross checking he facts.

At the present time the Cemetery records are on hold because Marci is deeply involved in editing a book on the Hallock Grace Luther Church's one hundred and twenty fifth Anniversary. Once she has completed that job and has had an adequate rest I will contact her and inform her of your offer of help.

Comment by Jackie Edkins on September 19, 2012 at 6:56pm

Hello everyone.  I would like to make a few comments.

Yes, I think you should look into a paypal method to make donations. Until that is done where would one send donations to? (It may be somewhere on your site, but I have only come to this page through an email)

I was wondering how people outside of Kittson County will be able to access the cemetery list. Are you posting it online so that one can do the searching by themselves? Will one need to write or contact the Society and ask questions that someone will then have to look up? Also, will photos be included?


Glenn posted: "Some 70+ cemeteries have been located and were included in the Cemeteries book that was printed a few years ago." What is the name of the book? Do you keep a copy of it at the Historical Society?

Thanks, Jackie

Comment by Glenn Browne on April 23, 2013 at 11:42am

Six months have passed since I last wrote anything in this group!  Calling it Active Members might appear to have been a mistake but not really.  The older I get, the faster the days and months melt through my grasp. Too many things are going on so the only thing I am sure of is I will not die of boredom.

I do need to do a better job of updating this page.

A review of this web page shows we are one person shy of 160 members. We started in February of 2009 and in the first 11 months had 46 members.  We have yet to break that record.  The second year, 2010, saw 31 members, followed by 25 in 2011 and 38 in 2012.  So far this year we have 19, so we are running a little above the monthly average of three.

While the numbers help us appreciate we are growing, they are not as important as the activity on the site. Any activity is encouraging but I am happiest when I see a new group open, followed by people who join the group and share lots of family information.

Joining a group means you will receive an email each time something new is posted to that group. This way you keep informed of all new information.

Why don't you open a group in the name of one of your grandparents and start posting information about them and the family.  Notify other members of the family and point them in the direction of this web page and to the family group. It is a great way to share family information. The address is in lower case letters.


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