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Suite 100
Mendota Heights, MN  55120-1367
(651) 330-9312
Minnesota Genealogical Society
The Hoffman Research Library is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Members of MGS, its branches, and its library partners may reserve morning or afternoon 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

Award Nominations Deadline EXTENDED!

The MGS Awards Committee has extended the deadline for nominations of MGS service and achievement awards to SEPTEMBER 15!
Making a nomination is easy. Using the online form, simply write a few sentences telling the Committee why your nominee should be honored. If you have trouble with the form, just send an email to the Awards Committee (awards@mngs.org). 
Anyone – both MGS members and non-members – may submit nominations.

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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July 31
Virtual Celtic Connections Conference program
The Irish Genealogical Society Intl (IGSI) and The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) proudly announce the virtual Celtic Connections Conference program, available beginning July 31!   While the COVID-19 pandemic caused us to take a detour on our “Journey Home,” ...

August 15
Fire, Water, and the 1890 U.S. Census: Researching Beyond the Ashes and Mold
Most genealogists are aware the 1890 federal census was destroyed by fire in 1921. Learn the sad story behind this historical and genealogical tragedy and how to work around the loss of that precious record.   About the Presenter: Elizabeth ...

September 2
Keeping Up With the Jones Girls: Discovering a Relationship Using Indirect Evidence
Description: This presentation by Pauline Merrick is a case study which connects a woman with her parents in 19th century Connecticut. Her maiden name is known, as it is on her gravestone, but unfortunately that name is “Jones.” No ...

September 12
FamilySearch: In-Depth
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world – and it’s over 4+ billion records are available to you for free!  Now if you could only find ‘your’ people among those billions. But have no fear, Tom Rice will ...

September 19
Death Records and Cemetery Research
Death is a record rich event. These records provide a wealth of genealogical and family history information. Learn about all of the types of records that can be found associated with a death from church and civil records, mortuary records, ...