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Minnesota Genealogical Society

1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, MN  55120-1367
(651) 330-9312 •

  • 12 Mar 2024 7:43 AM | Phil Dreyer (Administrator)

    I’ve never met a family history researcher who does not like to tell their story. Do you have a story to tell about your ancestors? The one who was the founder of such and such a town, the one who served valiantly in the war, or the farmer who made it through that winter storm?

    Do you think about converting your story into the written word to tell how you admire someone in your family’s past? If you do, did you know that the Minnesota Genealogical Society sponsors a writing competition each year? Learn more about the Minnesota Genealogical Society’s Writing Contest here, and share your family story.

  • 30 Jan 2024 7:02 AM | Phil Dreyer (Administrator)

    The Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) requests breakout session and workshop proposals for the 2024 North Star Genealogy Conference, 25-26 October 2024.

    This year’s conference theme is Unlocking the Past, Shaping the Future. The conference aims to teach participants how to access more collections and how to be more inclusive in their own genealogy endeavors. We are looking to present a variety of topics related to Midwestern genealogy resources, methodologies, case studies and DNA to expand their ways of thinking about genealogy.

    Go to our North Star RFP page for more information on the conference and how you can submit a proposal for the Conference.

  • 15 Jan 2024 9:19 AM | Phil Dreyer (Administrator)

    Our booth at the Minnesota State Fair was a huge success and we are already starting our planning for 2024. But we cannot do that without volunteers to help us design and coordinate our booth. Please contact Shannon Sharp who is our Admin Manager at the center if you would like to be a part of our planning group for 2024

  • 1 May 2023 7:24 AM | Phil Dreyer (Administrator)

    Confused about getting started with family research? Are you stuck on a problem? Want to know more about how MGS and the Hoffman Research Library can help you?

    Join us for Second Saturdays - a new benefit for members! Whether you area fledgling genealogist or an old hand, these free sessions may give you a starting point or a fresh start.

    We'll get together on the second Saturday of each month starting in June, from1 to 4 PM in the Mississippi Room at the Minnesota Genealogy Center. Library Manager Jeanne Bielke-Rodenbiker will give a presentation on the library and its many unique resources. Then Jeanne will be joined by MGS President Shirleen Hoffman for Ask a Librarian and Ask a Genealogist
    open sessions.. They will help set beginners on the right path and strategize solutions to difficult problems for more experienced attendees. We will also have guest genealogists at some of the sessions.

    Mark your calendars for Saturdays June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, November 11, and December 9.

  • 1 May 2023 7:20 AM | Phil Dreyer (Administrator)

    The Minnesota Genealogical Society announces an additional day of open hours for the Hoffman Research Library at the Minnesota Genealogy Center. It is located in Mendota Heights, convenient to both St. Paul and Minneapolis.

    Beginning Monday, May 1st, the Hoffman Research Library will add Monday to the days it is open for researchers. The hours will be from 10 AM to 4 PM.

    The HRL will now be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 10AM to 4 PM. On Thursdays, it is open from 10 AM until 8 PM. Go to to learn more about the HRL.

    Volunteers make this possible. New volunteers are paired with an experienced volunteer to learn the ropes, so no experience is necessary. Volunteering is fun, adds to your own knowledge, and you’ll meet new friends. Your occasional gift of time will assure that the library is kept open during all those hours.

  • 14 Feb 2023 9:41 PM | Phil Dreyer (Administrator)

    The MGS Education Committee is looking for experienced genealogists to share their expertise in an in-person classroom environment. Do you have experience with a specific type of genealogical research or records? We are particularly interested in the following topics:

    • Minnesota (Midwest) African American Research
    • Minnesota (Midwest) Native American Research
    • Vital records and vital records substitutes
    • Church Records
    • Scandanavian Research
    • DNA

    Please contact us at if you are interested in this opportunity.

  • 26 Aug 2022 9:38 PM | Phil Dreyer (Administrator)

    Donations of books and materials to the Hoffman Research Library collection are again being accepted after a long  pause. Much of our backlog has been processed during the pandemic  hiatus , so we welcome your no longer used books for possible addition to our shelves. Our Collection Development Policy outlines what types of materials we can use. Donations may be brought to the welcome desk during library hours.

    Thank you for your generosity. Gifts from our members enhance the collection and provide new resources for all our researchers to discover their roots.

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