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Suite 100
Mendota Heights, MN  55120-1367
(651) 330-9312
Minnesota Genealogical Society
The Hoffman Research Library is open Thursdays  from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members of MGS, its branches, and its library partners may reserve time slots at the Hoffman Research Library reservation signup page.


Welcome to the Minnesota Genealogical Society! 
The society invites you to join us in pursuing your family history whether in our classes, webinars, or in research at our Minnesota Genealogy Center
MGS is an all-volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  Please browse our website for volunteer opportunities, meetings, membership, and hours we are open.  We look forward to having you visit us at the address above.
For information about MGS research assistance, go to the "Research Services" page or send an email to research@mngs.org.
Researchers can find our hours of service on our Library Page

2020 North Star Goes Virtual!

Join us October 8-10, 2020 for our first ever Virtual North Star Genealogy Conference.  Featured speakers Judy Russell and Rev. David McDonald will start things off with plenary sessions Thursday evening, Oct. 8 followed by more plenaries and 12 breakout sessions on Oct. 9-10.  We’ll give out awards, select a winning photo in the Minnesota Genealogist cover photo contest, “see” vendors, and “Ask a Genealogist”.  You can even “host your own home banquet” on Friday evening while listening to Judy Russell’s banquet talk.  Find more conference details on the 2020 North Star Conference page

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Minnesota Genealogist 2020 Cover Photo Contest

Your favorite family history photo could appear on the cover of Minnesota Genealogist in 2021!

  • Family or ancestral photos taken before 1950, and
  • Photos of ancestral homes your ancestors lived in before 1920.

Send a digital copy of your photo by September 15 to journal@mngs.org or send a 5x7 or larger print to Minnesota Genealogist, 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights, MN 55120-1367. Voting will take place online during the virtual 2020 North Star Genealogy Conference.

Both color and B&W photos are eligible, but photos should have a landscape (horizontal) layout suitable for the cover of this journal.

20/20 Vision for the Next 50 Campaign

MGS is launching the 20/20 Vision for the Next 50 campaign, with a first-year goal of $50,000. Can we do it?  Absolutely – if you help!

This campaign is an ideal opportunity for you to make a real difference in the future of MGS. Your tax-deductible contribution of $50 or more will enable MGS to maintain and upgrade our new facility, support the library and its new staff, and expand learning opportunities.

Please help. Give generously to celebrate MGS’s past – but even more for the sake of its future.  On behalf of the MGS Board of Directors and our fantastic volunteers, “Thank you!”

Find out more information on our 20/20 Vision Campaign page.

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September 13
"Levels” Genealogy Research Courses
Level Three completes the Levels Courses.    There are four online class sessions. Sunday, September 13, 2020, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM Sunday, September 27, 2020, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM Sunday, October 18, 2020, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM ...

October 7
10 Things a Genealogist Should Do Before Leaving a Library or Archives
Description: Have you ever gotten home from a genealogy research trip and said to yourself “I forgot to do that!” Learn the 10 things genealogists should do before they leave a library and archives to make the research trip a ...

October 17
Tracing Your Irish Ancestors
Come Along with Tom and Mary on a Journey with John Grenham.   John Grenham’s “Tracing Your Irish Ancestors” is often called the ‘bible’ for anyone researching their Irish roots. Now in its 5th edition (published by Gill Books in ...

November 14
Finding Your Overseas Irish Ancestors: A Case Study
Most of our ancestors came here from overseas, and often we don’t know their place of origin. This talk, featuring a Wisconsin Irishman, shows how to find his Irish place of origin using the American records he and his family ...

November 21
Swedish Historical Maps and Online Map Collections
This is an introduction to the digitized historic map collections covering most farms and villages from the 1600s to the 1900s available at the Swedish National Archives and the Swedish Land Registry. We will also look at the millions of ...