Minnesota Genealogical Society

Register for our Spring Conference!

One day genealogy conference featuring Dave McDonald - plus 8 breakout sessions, including 2 computer labs.
Visit our Events Page for more details and Registration

Roadmap to 2019

Please help develop the "Roadmap to 2019" Strategic Plan by participating in this survey.
In order to better serve Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) members, your input on a variety of topics is needed. Your responses will help greatly in planning the future of library and research services and programs. 
The survey was developed by the independent Library Strategies Consulting Group, based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. All responses are directed to Library Strategies. All individual responses are confidential, and no survey responses will be connected to particular individuals in the aggregate reports provided to MGS. 
The survey takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete on average. The survey will remain open until the end of the day on Sunday, February 28, 2016.
Thank you for taking the time to assist the 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. 
We are a 100% Volunteer organization. Delays may occur when sending requests. For LibraryHours, please see our Library Page.

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February 21
French-Canadian Workshop Day
The Canadian Interest Group (CIG) of MGS is hosting another free Ruth Charest Surname File Workshop Day.  Let us know what surnames from her database of 40+ years of research that you are interested in reviewing.  Names are listed at ...

March 2
From Deeds to Dirt: Analyzing Research with Maps
  Description: Taking information from deeds, patents, bounty land warrants and other land documents and translating it to a particular time and place can help you understand the ancestors behind the records and analyze a research problem. Participants will learn ...

March 12
Historical Newspapers
Learn how to find and search historical newspapers in both free and fee-based databases in Minnesota and across the country. Get ideas about how to enhance your family history with stories from the newspaper about church and community affairs, moments ...

April 6
Major Midwestern Archives and Their Records
  Description: This webinar highlights major Midwestern archives and their holdings, finding aids, websites, special indexes, and assistance for those not visiting in-person. An overview of each state archive will be covered with some in greater detail. The session and ...

April 9
Using DNA
DNA testing can provide helpful support for traditional genealogical research, bolster weak paper trails and disprove hypotheses about relationships. Learn about the available tests—Y, mitochondrial, and autosomal—and the testing companies that offer them so you can determine the most ...