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Genealogy Month April 2014

Registration is required for some events.  Click here to register online or call 319-268-5543.

Tuesday, April 8, 10:00 am

A Dangerous Journey

Rita Congdon from the Cedar Falls Historical Society tells the story of Sofia Rassberg, a young Danish woman, and her harrowing journey to America, the shipwreck, hardships, and finally her arrival in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  

Friday, April 11, 10:00 am and 1:30 pm

Danish Resources:  Where they are and how to find them

Cyber Genealogy: Danish style

Michele McNabb from the Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn, Iowa will present two separate sessions on Danish research.  Registration is required.

Tuesday, April 22, 6:30 pm

Reverse Genealogy Webinar—Megan Smoelenyak Smoelenyak

"Reverse genealogy" (working from the past to the present) has its own special challenges and requires the researcher to be part genealogist and part private investigator.  This  presentation covers proven techniques for tracing 20th and 21st century friends and relatives from the past to the present.

Tuesday April 29th 1-4 pm

Genealogy Work Session

Conduct research on your family history at the library. Use a library laptop computer or bring own laptop to branch together your family tree.  Access to Newspaper Archive and Library Edition will be provided.  Registration is required.


Danish Children Growing Up American

The photo exhibit, “Danish Children Growing Up American,” will consist of photographs from the Danish American Archive and Library (DAAL) collections.  These compelling photos are of Danish immigrant children’s lives in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Cedar Valley Danes.

Danish History in Cedar Falls

The Cedar Falls Historical Society will exhibit items pertaining to Danish history in Cedar Falls in our second floor display case.

Both exhibits will be displayed throughout the month of April.

Genealogy Month is sponsored by the Kathryn Ray Fund at the Cedar Falls Civic Foundation.

Genealogy Week at the Waterloo Public Library

The Waterloo Public Library will be hosting Genealogy Week in April.  The two libraries collaborated so there will be no conflict programming.  Please check the Waterloo Public Library's website for a list of their events and classes.