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. 
We are a 100% Volunteer organization. Delays may occur when sending requests. For LibraryHours, please see our Library Page.

MGS Spring Conference - Melting Pot

The Spring Conference will showcase Minnesota Genealogical Society interest groups, branches and affiliates. Whether you're looking for ethnic-specific or general research techniques you will find topics of interest. Visit the Events page for more detail and a link to Registration.

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Tenth Annual North Star Genealogy Conference:
Family History Connections, sponsored by MGS
6-7 October 2017, Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center
For some early details see our Events page.
Proposals for breakout sessions are invited from individual speakers or multi-person presentation teams. Organizations are encouraged to sponsor sessions. Please submit your request for presentation proposals

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February 25
English-Welsh Interest Group Meeting
Family History Videos and problem-solving, Julia Mosman, location TBD. Because libraries do not allow us to reserve rooms more than a month in advance, we cannot announce all locations. For updated meeting information, go to our website at https://uk2mngenie.wordpress.com/ or ...

March 1
Misbegotten Children: Tracing the Family Lines of the Illegitimate
  Description: Nearly all families have children with seemingly missing fathers. Yet, there may be clues and resources to help us determine their ancestry. Illegitimacy can be both a surprise and an embarrassment as we discover more and more about our ...

March 5
DNA Interest Group Meeting

March 11
Finding Female Relatives
The patriarchal nature of recordkeeping can make researching women in family history a challenge. Explore ways to uncover the stories of sisters, aunts, mothers and daughters using traditional family research methods as well as new methods like DNA testing. ...

March 18
Tracing Immigrant Ancestors
Tracing Immigrant Ancestors Don’t Cross the Pond Till You’re Ready  Researching overseas without learning all you can from sources on this side of the ocean sets you up for frustration! This session helps you work smarter by identifying the ...