Family Tree Magazine, the best American magazine devoted to genealogy, has named the NDSU Institute for Regional Studies website the best North Dakota website for doing genealogical and family history research in the state.
In recognition of National Accordion Awareness Month, Joe Heilman, former NDSU student body president, and Nancy Schafer, wife of former N.D. Governor Ed Schafer, visited the Institute for Regional Studies on Tuesday, June 8 to play Lawrence Welk’s accordion. They entertained a small group of friends and family with their own champagne music of waltzes and polkas that floated upward in the archives like Bubbles in the Wine.
Thanks to the indexing work of volunteer Jane Skjei of Fargo Two new publications have been added to the North Dakota Biography Index; Rogers, N.D., 1897-1997: At the Crossing of the Tracks and Rolette Centennial History, 1905-2005. A total of 1534 new records were added bringing the total number of records in the database to 251749.
The Institute provides a copy service for the biographies found in this database. Contact information is provided on the database site.
In 2009, the Cass County (N.D.) District Court offices transferred the probate records for the period of 1949 to the end of 1951 to the Institute for Regional Studies. These files were added and indexed into the database with the help of several volunteers and students. On May 28, 2010, a total of 285 records are uploaded to the Cass County Probate database, and are now available for research. With this addition the database now contains a total of 6189 files.
Thanks to the indexing work of volunteer Elaine Linke of Fargo 2,453 additional entries have been added to the Fargo Forum Obituary Index database. The new entries cover the period of August 19 1909 to January 16, 1911. It continues her earlier indexing that begins with the 1892 Fargo Forum. Her indexing includes both published obituaries as well as notices of death. Currently the database has almost 76,000 entries.