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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.

North Star Genealogy Conference

Early Bird Rates Good Through August 31!
Register now for the 2018 North Star Genealogy Conference and take advantage of Early Bird rates.  Find the Member code for registration on the Members Only page to get these rates.
Sign up for a Special Pre-Conference event!
Getting the Most out of Family Tree Maker 2017 Software
Mark Olsen of Software MacKiev, will demonstrate features of Family Tree Maker2017 and answer user questions in a special vendor-sponsored session on Oct. 4th from 9:30-11:30.
Advance registration is required. This event is offered free to MGS by Software MacKiev, but a $10 registration fee covers refreshments and administrative costs. Enrollment is limited to 75 attendees. Get more details on the North Star Pre-Conference page and REGISTER soon.

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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August 25
Discover & Document Memories using Lyfmap
Have you ever thought "If only the walls could talk."? Or wondered about the memories of a specific place? With Lyfmap, memories can be preserved for a certain location by pinning to a map for others to discover. Lyfmap ...

September 1
Legacy Users Group Meeting
Since this is the holiday weekend, the members voted to cancel this meeting. See you in October `

September 5
Probate: Wills and a Whole Lot More
  Description: Probate records can be some of the richest genealogical resources. Yes, they can contain wills, but often the best probate packets are for our ancestors who died intestate or who didn’t have to die at all to make an ...

September 15
Autosomal Testing: Understanding Your DNA Results
Description:  So, you have your DNA results, now what? DNA for genealogy can be overwhelming. Learn the basics of genetic genealogy, important vocabulary, and some valuable resources.   Presenters:  Kelli Bergheimer is a writer, teacher, editor, and national genealogical speaker. Kelli is ...

October 3
Using Mitochondrial DNA Testing for Genealogical Problem Solving
Description: Utilizing mitochondrial DNA testing in genealogy garners a lot of naysayers and negative advice. Learn how vitally important this kind of testing can be when you use DNA as an active tool in the genealogical toolbox. This case study will ...