Family history events this weekend

Two events in Fort Dodge this weekend focus on local history and memories.

Oakland Cemetery Walk

The Oakland Cemetery Walk will be held today at Oakland Cemetery. Park at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1436 21st Ave. N. Shuttles will take tour groups to the cemetery from 1 to 3 p.m.

An indoor performance will be held at the Bioscience and Health Sciences building auditorium at Iowa Central at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $7.

DVDs of the walk are available, as well as presentations from past years. Cost is $7.

This event uses live actors to talk about the lives of people buried in Oakland Cemetery, as if they were that person. Each actor uses research from that person’s life to put together their performance. It’s quite interesting to see people from the past portrayed.

Capturing Memories

A second event this weekend is Capturing Memories. It will be held at the Vincent House, 824 Third Ave. S.

Learn about genealogy, creating an oral history, all things to do with ties, scrapbooking, picture blocks, picture quilts and more. Janet Secor will give a special presentation “What’s That Sound?”

Admission: $5 (includes door prizes and refreshments)
When: 2 to 4 p.m.
Where: Vincent House, 824 Third Ave. S.
Contact: YWCA, 573-3932, Ext. 202

Capturing Memories event

Capturing Memories will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 9 at the Vincent House, 824 Third Ave. S.

Topics include Who Do You Think You Are? Genealogy, Tell Me About You Create An Oral History, All Things to Do With Ties, Picture Blocks, Picture Quilts, and a special presentation: What’s That Sound? by Janet Secor.

Admission is a $5 donation to the Vincent House. There will be door prizes and refreshments. Call the YWCA at 573-3931, ext. 202, for information.

Swedish Genealogical Research Workshop

Swedish flagDo you have Swedish ancestors? Need help in locating them? This Workshop will focus on the research basics for finding one’s Swedish families here and in Sweden. There will be one-on-one sessions using Swedish and American computer programs to help you to move forward with your searches for your ancestors.

The workshop will be held Friday, April 5th from 9 am to 5 pm at the Swedish Immigrant Museum in Stratford and the Stratford Public Library.

Abby Friedmeyer, whose Mathre and Engstrom ancestors settled in the Stratford area will combine her professional computer skills with her own research experiences to help you learn more about your Swedish ancestors. Also helping will be Pat Conklin, who has been very involved with Swedish family research in Webster County. Jane Arends will help you move forward with your research by sharing her knowledge about American and Swedish research resources. Since 2000, she has been researching and writing family history books about her Swedish ancestors who settled in Hamilton County.

Pre-registration is requested as room space is limited and workshop packets need to be prepared. For more information and to register, contact Jane Arends by email:, by mail at 3790 Majestic Lane NW, Prior Lake, MN 55372 or call 952-855-4901.

To maximize the personal sessions, send a note with a specific request for help and known information before the workshop.

No fee is charged. Participants are encouraged to make a donation to the Swedish Foundation of Iowa. It is a registered not-for-profit foundation that has created the Swedish Immigrant Museum at Stratford. Its theme is: “Iowa Swedes, 1845-1945”

This workshop is sponsored by The Swedish Foundation of Iowa’s ‘Swede Bend’ Settlement, Inc.
819 Goldsmith Street, Stratford, Iowa