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Mendota Heights, MN  55120-1367
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Events sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society

Upcoming events

    • 7 Jun 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Zoom Webinar Platform

    Presented by Debra Dudek, sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

    Audience Level – All

    Taverns and saloons have been a crucial American institution, and the men behind the bar were the social rock stars of their era. This webinar will lead you through the pre-prohibition records and resources which will help you add an extra shot of flavor into your research.

    About the Speaker:
    Debra M. Dudek is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, Illinois. She specializes in British genealogy, World War I research, emerging technology, and presents on various topics. Debra holds a BA in Journalism, Masters in Information and Library Studies, and post-graduate certificate in Genealogical, Paleographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland).



    • 18 Aug 2023
    • 19 Aug 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Minnesota Genealogy Center
    • 19

    Presented by the Midwest Migration Institute, sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

    Audience Level - Intermediate to more advanced family history researchers.

    Please note: MGS members will need to login to see the members only ticket option.


    This institute-style short course will prepare students to follow ancestors’ migrations to and through the Midwest. Students will learn:

    • about major migration patterns,
    • where to find records to document ancestors’ migrations, and
    • better understand why families paused or stopped where they did.

    A first of its kind, the two-day course will offer 10 hours of classroom instruction for intermediate and more advanced family history researchers. Class size is limited to 35 students to enhance opportunities for discussion and hands-on-exercises.

    A strong geo-genealogy mindset will focus on families that settled in or passed through Midwestern states from the Ohio Valley to the Dakotas and beyond – yes, some went beyond!

    For a complete description of the course including the curriculum and faculty, please visit the Midwest Migration Institute page on our website.

    General Information

    You may purchase an optional box lunch for either or both days. You are welcome to bring your own lunch. The lunch break will be 75 minutes. Several fast-food restaurants are within 10 minutes driving time (a little over two miles).

    • Registrants will receive a digital version of the course syllabus about one week prior to the course.
    • Internet access will be available through the Minnesota Genealogy Center wif-fi.
    • The Minnesota Genealogical Society’s Hoffman library will be open Friday evening.
    • Cancellations before August 4 will be eligible for a refund, minus a $25 administrative fee.
    • If registrations reach the enrollment cap of 35 students, a wait-list will be opened. If seats become available due to cancellations, wait-list students will be notified by August 5.

    Questions or special requests can be sent to course coordinator Jay Fonkert at 

    • 27 Oct 2023
    • 28 Oct 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Eagan Community Center

    Save the Date

    October 27th and 28th
    Eagan Community Center

    The North Star Conference Committee is planning a conference with broad appeal to genealogists and family history researchers throughout the Midwest. The conference will be presented in a hybrid model with in-person sessions and a virtual option.

    For more information visit our North Star Conference Page

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