YMC first in state, genealogically speaking

GRANITE?FALLS?- The director of the Yellow Medicine County Museum and chairwoman of the county Historical Society reported to the county board the status of the birth records project at the regular meeting on Tuesday.

According to Chairwoman Jane Remiger, the project, funded by a $16,000 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society, is the first of its kind in the state.

“We’ve taken data from the earliest records we have, from 1870 to 1910,” Remiger said.

The data available include: child’s last, first and middle name, sex, color, parents’ names and birthplace, mother’s maiden name and father’s occupation.

“We are the first in the state to do this,” said Museum Director Brian Schulz. “The state Historical Society wants to talk more counties into doing this.”

The records are available on a spreadsheet that can be linked from the county website and can be found by following the link “YM County Museums” to “Yellow Medicine County Museum.”

In other business, the board voted to approve the reappointment of three members of the board of commissioners of Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water. Jerry Lonneman, Rod Spronk and Joseph Weber were confirmed for another term on the 11-member board.

The board also voted to approve the appointment of Ashley Soine as county finance administration deputy/human resources coordinator. Soine is a resident of Granite Falls and previously worked in the Family Services department. She has a business management degree from St. Cloud State University.