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. 

Award Nominations Sought!

The Minnesota Genealogical Society has six official awards for service to the Society and achievement in genealogy.  The awards were established by the MGS Board and first presented in 2008.  We are now seeking nominations from the membership and community to honor those who are outstanding in the field of genealogy for 2015.  Awards will be given in the Fall at an event to be announced.


Annual Writing Competition

Need an incentive to begin writing family history?
Enter the Seventh Annual
Minnesota Genealogical Society
Family History Writing Competition!
Entries are due June 28, 2015
See Contest Rules and Entry Form [.doc format] for complete instructions.
Entry Form in PDF format for Chrome users.

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June 3
Genealogy and GIS: A Beginner's How-To
Instructor: Jennifer Alford   When you dig into genealogy a repeated lesson is to know your location. We’ll uncover how using GIS can connect geospatial history with your family history research. In this session we’ll cover the exciting historical geospatial ...
August 5
A Guided Tour to Cyndi's List 2.0
Instructor: Cyndi Ingle   This session begins with a brief history of Cyndi's List, followed by an overview of how to navigate the site and how to tell when the site is updated. Learn how to use this valuable resource ...
September 2
Genealogical Research Using Facebook's 4,000+ Genealogical Pages & Groups
Instructor: Katherine R. Willson   Facebook is quickly becoming a favorite resource among genealogical researchers for its vast networking capabilities.  With many thousands of regional and surname-specific genealogy groups, researchers are discovering relatives, sharing photos, finding obituaries and breaking down ...
September 25
8th Annual North Star Family History Conference
The 8th Annual North Star Family History Conference will take place September 25 and 26, 2015. The featured speaker will be David E. Rencher, AG, CG. David is one of the best known and liked genealogists in America.  Chief ...
October 7
Engaging the Next Generation
Instructor: Shannon Combs-Bennett   That youth are our future is stated many times through different organizations.  Genealogy is no different. Today there are children and young adults you know who want to learn more.  Most people, however, do not know ...