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. 

Spring 2015 Genealogy Conference

Normandale Community College, Bloomington
with featured speaker
Craig R. Scott, CGSM, FUGA
Following a twenty year career in the U.S. Navy and a short stint as a Washington, D.C. consultant, Craig started his professional genealogical career as a researcher in the Washington, D.C. area.  He began lecturing at national conferences in 1990.  He is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., the leading genealogical publishing firm with more than 5,100 titles in print.  He has taught at the Salt Lake Genealogical Institute (SLIG), the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP).  He continues to spend many weeks and weekends on the road lecturing and speaking across the county.
Event Highlights
Friday –
  • Plenary session by Craig R. Scott, CGSM, FUGA
  • Dessert Reception
Saturday –
  • 3 plenary sessions by Craig R. Scott, CGSM, FUGA
  • 8 more breakout sessions
  • Vendor Exhibit Hall, Door Prizes
Online pre-registration is now closed. You may register onsite at Normandale Community College. Registration opens at 6pm on Friday and 8am on Saturday.

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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May 6
Researching Your Swedish Ancestry in the 21st Century
Instructor: Ginny Sharp Sommarstrom   Researching your Swedish-American ancestors has become much easier in the last ten years, thanks to the availability of numerous Swedish and American resources in digital format, all accessible from the comforts of your home. This ...
May 9
MHS Topics on Family History: Researching Urban Ancestors
Instructor: J.H. Fonkert, CG   Genealogists face unique challenges when researching urban ancestors. Working class families were less likely to own land than their rural counterparts, and often moved frequently. Focusing on resources at the Minnesota History Center, this class ...
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 ...