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Minnesota Genealogical Society

Branches, Interest Groups, & Affiliates

Several ethnic and special interest branches, along with affiliated organizations, have formed to focus on unique genealogical interests or problems in a specialized research area. These branches and affiliated organizations operate under the MGS umbrella or similar rules, yet they are individual organizations with their own officers, meetings, and dues structures. They hold their own meetings and conduct projects of interest to their members. Some publish their own newsletters. Membership in any branch, subgroup or affiliated organization is separate from MGS membership. You may apply for membership in as many branches or affiliated organizations as you wish. Branch meetings are publicized in the MGS newsletters.
All Interest Groups are directly affiliated with the Minnesota Genealogy Society. Therefore, regular attendance to Interest Group meetings requires Membership in the Society. You may certainly attend up to two meetings without being a member to see if the group is of interest to you.
From the beginning, MGS members have seen that a thorough understanding of the history, laws, customs and records in each ethnic area is essential for effective genealogical research. MGS and the branches work together to offer a wide range of educational and research opportunities for members and the general public.
All changes and updates to the following information should be sent to the webmaster@mngs.org
Interest Group Name Contact Information
Canadian Interest Group

Contact: Jim Hirsch mncig.info@gmail.com 
Website: http://www.mncig.org
Location: MGS Library unless otherwise noted.
Library staffing: the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10 - 1
Ruth Charest, Surname File Resources, available on Canadian Saturdays or by appointment.

DNA Interest Group Contact: dnaig@mngs.org
Website: http://www.mngs.org/cpage.php?pt=69
The DNA Interest Group provides a forum for discussion and learning about DNA testing and its uses for genealogists and family history enthusiasts.
The group meets monthly at area libraries and has a Facebook group
Family Tree Maker Interest Group Contact: Phil Schiller MNGS.FTM.PJS@gmail.com
The Family Tree Maker interest group offers users of this genealogy software an opportunity to learn, exchange ideas and solve issues. The group meets about every two months on the third or fourth Saturday, from 10 to 12, at the Genealogy Center. The meeting schedule will always be posted on the MGS calendar.  Facebook Group
Legacy Users Group Contact: Bob Rowe mackrowe@yahoo.com - 651-407-0017
The Legacy Users Group provides help and training for using the Legacy Family Tree software package. The group meets monthly on the first Saturday morning from 9am to noon at MGC The meeting schedule will always be posted on the MGS calendar.
RootsMagic Users Group Contact: Heather Pedersen sundaymorninggenealogist@gmail.com
The RootsMagic Group provides help and training for using the RootsMagic software package.
Writing Group Contact: Kathy Lund mlund8307@yahoo.com
A group sharing approaches to writing a family story.
Branch Name
Individual Organization Membership
Contact Information
National Danish-American Genealogical Society (NDAGS) Contact: Steven Rixen - ndagsmembers@gmail.com
Website: www.danishgenealogy.org Location: Danish American Center, 3030 West River Parkway South, Minneapolis.
Membership: $20/year individual; $25/year family
Norwegian-American Genealogical Association Contact: Troy Rognrud - troy.rognrud@gmail.com
Website: www.NorwegianAmerican.org
Location: MGC
Membership: $15/year Newsletter Only, $20/year Individual, $25 Family. Add $7 to the above prices if you are outside the US.
Polish Genealogical Society of Minnesota Contact: Terry Kita - terrykita@earthlink.net
Website: https://pgsmn.org
Library staffing: A PGSMN member staffs the Library from 1:00pm til 4:00 pm, first Saturday/month. "Polish Night at the Library"-an expert is available from 6:00-9:00 pm, 2nd Thursday of the month.
Membership: $20 per year.
Romanian Genealogy Society Contact: Vicki Albu info@romaniangenealogy.com
Website: http://romaniangenealogy.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/RomanianGenealogySociety
Location: MGC
Membership dues are $20.00 per calendar year.
Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota Contact: email sgsm1983@gmail.com
Website: www.sgsmn.org
Library staffing: The third Thursday of each month from 10 to 4
Membership: $20/year for US and $24/year for foreign, $25/year for family.
Yankee Genealogical Society
Contact: Sue Kratsch
Location: MGC unless otherwise noted. See their Website
$15 per year includes digital Newsletter
$20 per year includes mailed Newsletter
Affiliate Name
Individual Organization Membership
Contact Information
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International Contact: Kevin Hurbanis President@cgsi.org 651-964-2322
Website: www.cgsi.org
Library staffing: the 1st Saturday of each month 1-4 pm Membership for an Individual is $35 per year and a family membership is $40.
Germanic Genealogy Society Contact: Tom Furst - president@ggsmn.org
Website: www.ggsmn.org
Library: Concordia University Library Technology Center, 1282 Concordia Avenue, Hamline & I-94, St. Paul, MN
Membership: $20/year, see the benefits of membership and other plans
Irish Genealogical Society International Contact: Ann Eccles - President@irishgenealogical.org
Website: www.irishgenealogical.org/
Library staffing: 10 am. to 4 pm., second Saturday of each month.
Ostfriesen Genealogical Society of America Contact: Lin Strong - lin.strong269@gmail.com - (952) 939-0617
Research facility at MGS Library
Mailing address is; OGSA, 1670 South Robert Street, #333, West St. Paul, MN 55118
Website: www.ogsa.us
Membership: $22/year - Download PDFs from our website or $32/year USA for mailed copies and download access, $45/year outside USA.
Affiliate of Germanic Genealogy Society
Contact: Margie Deutsch - president@prgmn.org
Website: www.prgmn.org
Meet the 1st Saturday of the month at 1:30 pm at the MGC. We staff the MGS library on the 1st Saturday of the month, 10 AM - 1 PM. Membership $18 per year for people within 150 miles of MGC. $15 for all others.