By Cynthia Germain
Finding your family’s history is not always easy but local residents can get personal help at the library through the Northern Door Genealogical Society. The Society was founded by Don and Myrma Howard to create a means to meet and share what they have done to help others explore their genealogy. The Society has grown to over 30 members and has done a number of activities over the years to support their efforts including photocopying all of the local Lutheran and Catholic Church records which are available at the local library. Every Tuesday afternoon, a member is at the Sister Bay library to assist anyone with genealogical research. Don Howard says that a person starts with present day information and works backward through generations with the many resources that are made free through the library.
Myrma Howard encourages everyone to write their own memoirs, a personal account of historical knowledge, and recommends To Our Children’s Children by Bob Green. Myrma says that this can be one tool to help examine personal history or interview family members to further their genealogical research. The Northern Door Genealogical Society members meet once a month in the Howard home in Sister Bay to share new resources and common experiences.