Minnesota Genealogical Society

1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, MN  55120-1367
(651) 330-9312 • info@mngs.org

Events sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society

Upcoming events

    • 25 Sep 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hosted Online by CIG and IGSI
    David Trudeau knew some things about the Byrnes, Doyles, Collins and McDonnells - his Irish ancestors who came to Canada from Ireland in the mid 1800’s, and then moved to Minnesota in 1878. 

    He had census and church records for their life in St Marys Ontario, but he didn’t know where they lived or why they came there. A visit to St. Marys, and help from the local historical society gave him a few clues about the railroad construction there and the influx of Irish laborers, and how they formed their Catholic church. But when he discovered how to link old cadastral maps with the abstracts of property records found at ONLAND—Ontario online land records—it opened up a new world of information that enabled him to follow these two laboring families from shanty living to home ownership. 

    He was able to locate their property and the homes they built in St. Marys and was able to see how his great grandfather Mike McDonnell met his great grandmother Ellen Doyle - they were backyard neighbors in a place called Skunk’s Hollow, a shanty town now largely cleared and today the pleasant Kin's Park that runs along Trout Creek. The Doyles accumulated enough value to move to Minnesota and buy their own farm. Mike and Ellen went with, and using railroad experience on a Canadian track gang, Mike became a roadmaster for the CGW.  And David could follow the McDonalds (as they spelled it in Canada) who stayed in St Marys via land records and see how their lives changed over generations.

    In this presentation David will show how he unlocked the world of info found in ONLAND. And of course there will be some stories.  

    David Trudeau is a retired physician and researcher who has become an avid amateur genealogist, tracing his French Canadian, as well as Scottish Canadian, Irish Canadian, Yankee and Czech family lineage. He is the author of three articles which have recently  appeared in La Charpente, the journal of the American Truteau Association in English and French. He recently completed a study of his Scottish and Quebecois great grandparents in the Richelieu Valley and Eastern Townships of Quebec that will soon be available in hard copy in the MGS library and also in a published version for sale at http://www.truteau.org/store.ws He also has published a number of scientific articles and book chapters, and spent his medical career in Family Practice and Addiction Medicine, with teaching positions at the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the University of Kansas School of Medicine at Wichita Department of Psychiatry.

    • 30 Sep 2021
    • 7:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • 2 Oct 2021
    • 4:30 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Hosted Online by MGS
    • 6 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Online – GoToWebinar

    Audience Level – Genealogy skills: Beginner to Advance
    Tech/Internet skills:  Intermediate+

    Are you looking for books about your family history? You may be able to find them without leaving the comfort of your home! Millions of books have already been digitized and are free to use, as well as download to your personal library. Learn where to find the best digital book collections, how to strategically search for the books you need, and how to save your finds to your computer or cloud storage for later reference.

    Elizabeth O’Neal is a professional genealogist who writes, lectures, and consults on a variety of topics. Her passion is using technology and social media to enrich the experience of genealogy research and family history storytelling.

    A genealogist for more than 34 years, Elizabeth is the owner of Swan Genealogy Services℠ and the family history lifestyle blog Heart of the Family™.

    Professional memberships include the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and she is an active member of the public speaking club Toastmasters International.

    Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5702597678624251661


    • 20 Nov 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC-06:00)
    • Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100

    Are you ready to take a trip to your ancestral homeland? What should you know before you go?

    Cathi Weber has been researching her family for over 40 years and now is a professional genealogist, teaching classes and helping others find their ancestors’ stories.

    Cost: Members $30 and Non-members $40

    REGISTER


    • 11 Dec 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC-06:00)
    • Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100

    Learn tips for safely organizing your research findings so you or others can find the records.

    Cathi Weber has been researching her family for over 40 years and now is a professional genealogist, teaching classes and helping others find their ancestors’ stories.

    Cost: Members $30 and Non-members $40

    REGISTER


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