Deborah L. Fors
The History Writers
Greetings! I am Deborah Fors, Genealogist and Family Historian with THE HISTORY WRITERS in Mankato, Minnesota. Born in Fargo, North Dakota, I grew up in the mixed German/Scandinavian Community of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, typical of many Midwestern communities in the 20th century. After graduating from high school, I went on to Moorhead (MN) State University and received a specialized undergraduate degree in Scandinavian History and Culture with a concentration in museum studies. Because of the research experience I received with this degree, I was hired as a prospect researcher for the University of Iowa Foundation. That was the beginning of a 25 year career in research and fundraising in Iowa, Minnesota, Maryland and Michigan. Since moving back to Minnesota and officially retiring from fundraising in 2009, I have been able to focus full-time on genealogical research. The largest research project to-date was working with NBC s Who Do You Think You Are in the spring of 2012 (prior to the series being cancelled). Services I provide include genealogy and family history research, consultation, start-up assistance, and project management. While my research has primarily focused on Norwegian and German immigrants to Minnesota and the Midwest, it is not limited to these cultures and communities.
SERVICES PROVIDED RESEARCH: Basic record searches such as birth, death, marriage, land, etc. Smaller research projects for a specific purpose (usually under 10 hours) Complete family genealogical research project services Photograph cemetery headstones, home/homesteads, and other photo needs CONSULTING: Customize a research plan for you to carry out Provide research advice, recommendations and guidance by phone or email for your individual research projects SERVICES: PROJECT ORGANIZATION: Transfer the information you have gathered in paper form to a genealogy software program or to an online service SERVICES: YOUR FAMILY STORY Create a written narrative a story from your collected papers or online genealogical data Provide writing, editing or historical assistance for you as you compile your own family history book START A FAMILY TREE FOR YOU ON YOUR OWN ANCESTRY.COM You create an Ancestry.com account and I work with you to get your tree started and provide consulting and/or research as needed along the way
B.A. (Scandinavian History & Culture)
Certificate (Museum Studies)
Emigration & Immigration
; Scandinavian American
Time Period Specialty:
; 20th Century
IA ; MN
; Minneapolis/St. Paul
; Project Management
404 Moreland Avenue
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