Minnesota Genealogical Society


Welcome to the Minnesota Genealogical Society, Minnesota's largest and most comprehensive family history research organization. Whether you have Minnesota connections or not, we invite you to join us in pursuit of your family history. 


Registration is Open for North Star!

October 3-4, 2014, at Colonial Church, Edina, Minnesota
The 7th Annual North Star Conference theme is "New Frontiers in Genealogy."
Featured speaker: Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL
photo of Judy RussellIt's true--the Legal Genealogist is coming to Minnesota to teach about DNA, genealogy and the law, and methodology. Check out Judy's award-winning blog at www.legalgenealogist.com.
North Star 2014 is two full days of educational sessions.
Judy G. Russell will present four lectures:
Facts, Photos, and Fair Use
Don't Forget the Ladies
Blackstone to Statutes at Large
Where There Is or Isn't a WIll
In addition, there will be breakout sessions presented by Upper Midwest genealogy educators, an exhibit hall featuring genealogical societies and vendors, and door prizes.
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Thank You for Your MGS Award Nominations

Thank you to those who submitted nominations for the 2014 MGS service and achievement awards! The Awards Committee is now working on selecting this year's recipients. Awards will be presented at the North Star Conference in October.

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August 24
MGS Picnic
Join us for an informal picnic at Thompson Park!
September 3
Solving Genealogy Problems with Timelines
Instructor: Beth Foulk   When you create a personal timeline of an ancestor’s life, it is easy to see facts, relationships, and stories emerge that were never before apparent. This webinar discusses how to create a timeline and the many ...
September 13
MHS Topics on Family History--Citizenship: the Law, the Process, and the Records
Instructor: Tom Rice, CG For many family historians it is important to learn whether, when, and how their immigrant ancestors became American citizens. The laws covering becoming a citizen changed over time, as did the records created during the ...
September 28
DAR Workshop
The Minnesota Genealogical Society and the Minnesota State Daughters of the American Revolution offer this three-hour workshop for women interested in joining the Daughters of the American Revolution. The co-sponsors invite prospective members of Minnesota DAR chapters, DAR members ...
October 1
Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking
Instructor: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA   If we didn’t have the railroads many of our ancestors might not have migrated across this country. Great grandpa would have been jobless. Aunt Susannah would not have visited the nieces and nephews. ...