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Mendota Heights, MN  55120-1367
(651) 330-9312
Minnesota Genealogical Society
The Hoffman Research Library is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 4 to 8 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

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March 3
Finding Dirk: Insanity in the 19th Century
  Audience Level – Intermediate to Advance   Description:  Usually, it starts with “Shhh, we don't talk about Aunt Katy.” Many of us have ancestors who spent time in “insane asylums” during the 19th or early 20th century, like my ...

March 13
Irish Famines and Emigration – Before, During and After the Great Hunger
With Professor Christine Kinealy and Dr. Gerard Moran Details and registration at IGSI

March 13
Ruth Charest Files Workshop
Jim Hirsch and Caroline Meilleur will be leading a workshop one CIG's greatest resources, the Ruth Charest File.   Ruth Charest was an avid genealogy researcher of French Canadian families of the northern states. Her seven file cabinets of ‘Surname ...

March 20
What are runes? What does runic writing teach us about our Scandinavian ancestry? This presentation will provide an overview of the thousands of runestones existing today,  primarily in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, but some in North America.    Speaker ...

March 27
Deeds: More Than Just Land Transactions
Buying and selling land? Of course. But deeds also provide details on animals, maiden names, relationships, enslaved names, gifts, ages, disputes, financial changes, secrets, occupation, inheritance, favoritism, neighbors, and legalities that impact deeds. Business history, community history, church history, and ...