Your Dakota Roots:
A Guide to Genealogical Research in the Dakotas: Second Edition
By Jo Ann B. Winistorfer & Cathy A. Langemo
Published by Dakota Roots, Bismarck, North Dakota, Second Edition,
208 pages, softcover
Award Winner of the National Federation of Press Women and
the North Dakota Professional Communicators and the Gerhard Haukebo
Heritage Award, Family History Workshop, Minnesota State University-Moorhead,
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to announce the
Second Edition of Tracing Your Dakota Roots: A Guide to Genealogical
Research in the Dakotas.
Let this book be your roadmap as you travel the trail back through
time to find your ancestors. In doing so, you'll discover yourself!
This book was created to help you do just that - using the vast
resources available to you right here in the Dakotas and elsewhere.
At the Introduction, the authors write:
"With all the new developments in technology, genetics and
global networking, we decided it was time to furnish you, our fellow
time-traveler, with an updated version of our first "Tracing
Your Dakota Roots," published in 1999 and reprinted in 2001.
In this, our official second edition, we've included lots of good
things from the first book, adding material on Internet research,
updating Websites and including information on DNA, or "genetic
genealogy." You'll find information on "geneablogy,"
or "blogging" your genealogy online. "
have attempted to provide you with the most recent information available.
However, we know that some address changes (and especially Website
information) are bound to occur. Although we have contacted top
genealogy authorities (including those in our local communities)
and cited reputable resources, because of our frailties as human
beings, some errors will be inevitable. We apologize for them in
advance and hope you will give us feedback on any items that need
to be corrected, should we decide to do a future printing."
"This drawing decade of a new millennium is the ideal time
for looking to the future. But it's also an Ideal time for looking
back - reflecting on the past, thinking of our own personal history
as well as the history of the Dakotas, the place that nurtured our
ancestors, that sustained our roots. It's a time of awakening -
as well as realizing how quickly the past is lost if we don't take
time to preserve it."
The Germans from Russia section of the book was carefully reviewed
by Mary Lynn Axtman, proofreader/editor and Michael Miller, bibliographer,
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Libraries, Fargo.
reference and research professional staff at the State Historical
Society of North Dakota, Bismarck, and the South Dakota Historical
Society, Pierre, were closely involved for consultation and advice
in completion of this book. Valuable contents include: sample pedigree
charts, family group sheets, maps, genealogy resource checklist,
family history questionnaire, helpful addresses, genealogy websites,
glossary, and detailed bibliography. The authors have provided a
comprehensive index which is very valuable for such an important
Of much interest to researchers will be the sections on: where
to begin, research tips, interviewing and publishing your family
history, planning a family reunion, networking with others, ethnic
sources, records and research sites, history/migration patterns,
bookkeeping systems, and high-tech genealogy.
The book features a specially coated soft cover and 208-pages
of detailed genealogy how-to information, sprinkled with photos
and illustrations. The user-friendly book begins with the history
of the state, allowing readers to see what was occurring in the
Dakotas during their ancestors' lives. It ends with suggestions
for "celebrating family" through printing a family history or holding
a family reunion.
About the Authors:
Jo Ann B. Winistorfer has been seriously tracing
her roots since 1984. Three-fourths of her roots stretch into Norway,
the other fourth into the Netherlands. Retired associate editor
of the North Dakota REC/RTC Magazine (now North Dakota Living),
Jo Ann continues to do free lance writing for the magazine, as
well as editing projects through Astri Publishng, Waukon, Iowa.
It was while she worked at the magazine that the idea for "Tracing
Your Roots" was born. In 1988-89, Jo Ann produced a 13-month
series of the columns "Tracing Your Roots" in the magazine
as part of the North Dakota centennial. After many requests for
back issues, the magazine complied the columns into a book, "Tracing
Your Roots in North Dakota." That book sparked the idea for
the book you are now holding in your hand - an updated and expanded
version of our first "Tracing Your Dakota Roots," published
in 1999 and reprinted in 2001.
Jo Ann is an active member of the North Dakota Professional Communicators
and the National Federation of Press Women and is a Certified Rural
Electric Communicator. She belongs to the Bismark-Mandan Historical
and Genealogical Society and a number of Norwegian genealogy groups
and bygdelags. She served as a volunteer librarian at the LDS Family
History Center in Bismark for several years and has been a presenter
at numerous genealogy workshops. She also serves on the board of
the Scandinavian Heritage Association in Minot and edits that group's
Jo Ann and her husband, Nick, own a farm near Pick City, where
they raise Black Angus cattle. They have three grown children, two
daughter-in-law's, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Cathy A. Langemo is the owner of WritePlus Inc.,
a writing, editing, and research firm headquartered in Bismarck,
ND. Her degrees in business administration, English, and journalism
lend themselves well to the services she offers through WritePlus,
including promotional materials development, resume and grant writing,
magazine and newspaper articles development, book publishing, and
event planning and organizing.
However, Cathy's heart is in the historical and genealogical research
services she offers through WritePlus and performs for people across
the country. She has also worked on her own Swedish, Scottish, and
French genealogy off and on for many years. Cathy spent three summers
working as a part-time referance assistant at the State Archives
and Historical Research Library in the North Dakota Heritage Center,
Bismarck, where she helped patrons with their research.
Cathy is a member of a number of historical and genealogical related
organizations, including the Missouri Valley Historical Society,
the Bismarck/Mandan Historical and Genealogical Society, the Society
for the Preservation of the Former Governors' Mansion, the Three
Crowns Swedish-American Association, the Bismarck Historical Society,
the Mandan Historical Society, the State Historical Society of North
Dakota Foundation, The National Historical Society, the National
Trust for Historic Preservation, the North Dakota Professional Communicators,
and the National Federation of Press Women.
Besides her work, Cathy's life centers around her husband, Rick
Knudson, pool league, music, reading, and spending time with her
grandchildren. Between them, she and Rick have four grown children,
one daughter-in-law, and 11 grandchidren.
Review by Mary Lynn Axtman, Fargo, North
This National Award Winner, Tracing Your Dakota Roots,
is an expansion and update of the first edition published in 1999,
followed by a reprint in 2001.
This second edition contains ten chapters of 'everything you might
have ever possibly asked but didn't know the resources available
to answer those questions.'
With each page embellished with pictures and graphics, the reader
is taken from the Dakota history and ethnic settlement groups to
where to begin finding the resources available related to them.
The extensive Appendix contains Forms, Maps, Helpful National/Regional/State
and Local addresses, Websites, Bibliography, and Glossary.
Tracing Your Dakota Roots, Second Edition is a must have
on every new or experienced researcher's library.
Review of the book by Mary Lynn Axtman
Review of the book by Vi Kruckenberg
Snelgrove, Erin. "Remembering our Ancestry." Fargo Forum, 16 July
2000, B1 & B3.
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