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Suite 100
Mendota Heights, MN  55120-1367
(651) 330-9312
Minnesota Genealogical Society


Welcome to the Minnesota Genealogical Society!  MGS invites you to join us in pursuing your family history whether in our classes, webinars, or in research at our William J Hoffman Library and Research Center. 
The Society, Library, and meeting rooms all reside in our new home known as the 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, click on the "Research Services" tab or send an email to research@mngs.org.

North Star LogoPlan to attend the 2019 version of Minnesota's premier genealogy event on October 4-5. Registration opens June 15 for the North Star Genealogy Conference at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West Hotel in Plymouth, Minnesota. For more information, visit the North Star 2019 page.

2019 Writing Contest is Open

Writing Contest logoYou are invited to enter the Minnesota Genealogical Society Family History Writing Competition.
Entries are due July 1, 2019.
Winners announced at the North Star Conference.

Affiliate Status Attained

The Minnesota Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that the William J Hoffman Library and Research Center is now a Family Search Affiliate Library. 
As you are researching and looking for the images of the documents you need, you will be able to view it if it says "Access the site at a FamilySearch affiliate library." Please be sure to bring your personal account User Name and Password. Enjoy the additional resources this gives us!

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April 25
Genealogy Quebec Demo
Jim Hirsch of the Canadian Interest Group will be demonstrating the latest online resource, Genealogy Quebec

April 27
Canadian Interest Group 50th Anniversary Potluck
The Canadian Interest Group will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a potluck dinner. ALL are welcome

April 28
Discover Your Family in Norwegian Church Books and Farm Books
Church records and farm histories (bygdebøker) are some of the best sources available for doing Norwegian genealogy. In this seminar, we'll show you how to use these records and introduce you to the Norwegian vocabulary and translations that can help ...

May 1
Land, Licenses, Love Gone Wrong, and Other Courthouse Records
Presenter: C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL Description: Local county courthouses are a very much underutilized resource; they are not as hard to maneuver in as most people think. We will explore this rich resource to discover the fabulous records contained ...

May 4
Legacy Users Group Meeting
Bring your Legacy Questions