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Historical society, libraries plan genealogical classes

The Mcleod County Historical Society and the Pioneerland Library System have partnered to present a family history research series at each of the county’s four libraries.
The series features a series of three classes each of beginner through advanced that will focus on topics and current methods in genealogy history research. Participants can sign up for one or all three in the series. A team of local genealogists who have spent decades doing their own family history research will assist with the classes.
The beginner series of classes, which shows how to begin family research with family interviews and offline resources, will be held at:
• Brownton Public Library, Mondays, Oct. 3, 10 and 24, at 7 p.m.
• Hutchinson at the McLeod County Museum, Thursday, Oct. 6, 13 and 20 at 7 p.m.
• Winsted at the Arts Center, Mondays, Nov. 7, 14 and 21 at 7 p.m.
• Glencoe Public Library, Thursdays, Nov. 3, 10 and 17 at 7 p.m.
The intermediate classes focus on using microfiche and microfilm readers, genealogical software programs and online free and fee for use research sites. Those classes will be held at:
• Brownton Public Library, Mondays, Feb. 6, 13 and 27 at 7 p.m.
• Hutchinson at the museum, Thursday, Feb. 2, 9 and 16 at 7 p.m.
• Winsted at the Arts Center, Mondays, March 6, 13 and 20 at 7 p.m.
• Glencoe Public Library, Thursday, March 2, 9 and 16 at 7 p.m.
The advanced series focuses on how to share family history research information, ways to write and publish family histories, and how to join and prepare paperwork for historical societies.
These classes will be held September and October 2017 at:
• Brownton Public Library, Mondays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25, 7 p.m.
• Hutchinson at the county museum, Thursdays, Sept. 7,  14 and 21, 7 p.m.
• Winsted at the Arts Center, Mondays, Oct. 2, 9 and 16, 7 p.m.
• Glencoe Public Library, Thursdays, Oct. 5, 12 and 19 at 7 p.m.
All of the classes are free, but registration is requested to determine how many handouts to prepare for classes.
To register at your site of choice, call the Brownton Public Library at 320-328-5900; Hutchinson, call the McLeod County Museum at 320-587-2386; Winsted, call 320-485-3909; and Glencoe Public Library, 320-864-3919.