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

The Minnesota Genealogy Center and the Hoffman Research Library are closed through at least June 1 to protect the health of staff, volunteers, and patrons. Thank you for your patience


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 Writing Contest is Open

You are invited to enter the Minnesota Genealogical Society Family History Writing Competition. The submission deadline is extended to July 10, 2020. Winners will be notified by September 1. 2020 RulesFAQs

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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June 3
From a Box in the Closet to a Treasured Family Heirloom: Organizing and Digitizing your Family Photo
After a brief history of photography, Sara Cochran will discuss organizing techniques, digitization basics, and ideas on what to do with your photos so that your family can enjoy them for generations to come.   About the Presenter: Sara ...

June 11
Irish Church Records
In the interests of health and safety, Tom's June 13th in-person class at the Minnesota Genealogy Center has been rescheduled as a WEBINAR.  For most family history researchers, parish registers provide the earliest direct source of family information. Unlike many ...

June 20
Beyond Ethnicity: Using DNA to Prove Genealogical Relationships
Go beyond ethnicity and use DNA to solve genealogical relationship problems. By itself, DNA rarely identifies a specific ancestor. Rather, it allows estimates of how far back a common ancestor might be. It's a matter of biology, statistics, and ...

July 18
Can Facebook Find My Family? Social Media and Genealogy
Using social media for genealogy is a newer trend. Learn how you can use social media to discover family, research techniques and connect with other genealogists.   About the Presenter: Jean Bielke-Rodenbiker is a librarian with the Hennepin County Library system ...

July 18
The Connemaras: Despair in the Heartland
When 24 families left Connemara, near Galway, in 1880 to flee the ravages of famine, they knew little about their final destination in the upper Midwest. They arrived with gaunt faces and few items of clothing, hoping for a ...