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Minnesota Genealogical Society

2018 North Star Genealogy Conference

Registration is open through October 1!

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Minnesota Genealogical Society's

2018 North Star
Genealogy Conference

Looking Back, Sharing Forward 

5-6 October 2018

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West,
Plymouth, MN

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS
Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS


Featured Speakers

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS Tom Jones is an award-winning author, editor, educator, and researcher focusing on methods for challenging genealogical problems. He coordinates courses at GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG institutes, and speaks often for local, state, national, and international genealogical societies. Since 2002 he has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and he wrote Mastering Genealogical Documentation and Mastering Genealogical Proof.

Tom has been pursuing his ancestry since 1963. For the first twenty-five years he was clueless about what he was trying to accomplish and how to do it. When he started climbing the genealogy learning curve he repeatedly experienced the challenges, joys, and rewards of tracing ancestors reliably and of fully understanding their lives. Tom eventually became an award-winning writer, board-certified genealogist, editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, recipient of honors from genealogical organizations, and author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Documentation and Mastering Genealogical Proof. Using his nearly lifelong teaching career as a springboard, he enjoys teaching at weeklong genealogy institutes, weekend seminars, and local, national, and international genealogy conferences.

Lecture topics:

  • Documentation: The What, Why, Where, and How
  • Going Beyond the Bare Bones: Reconstructing Your Ancestors' Lives
  • The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames

Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS of Monroe, New York, is an author, lecturer, professional genealogist, and former editor of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. She was named a fellow of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in 2012, and has served on the NYG&B Family History Advisory Committee, and on the APG and FGS boards. She has lectured at national, state, regional, and local conferences, and coordinates the institute course, "Researching New York: Resources and Strategies," at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

Lecture topics:

  • This Article Isn't About Your Family? You Should Read it Anyway
  • 'Beginning at a Black Oak...': A Neighborhood Reconstruction in Lancaster County

MGS Annual Awards Banquet, Friday, 5 October
Speaker: Thomas W. Jones
"How Genealogy Hasn't Changed in a Half Century-Plus"

Pre-Conference Day – 4 October

Getting the Most out of Family Tree Maker 2017 Software - Limited Seats Remaining!

Mark Olsen of Software MacKiev, will demonstrate features of Family Tree Maker 2017 and answer user questions in a special vendor-sponsored session from 9:30 - 11:30 am. 

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.  More details can be found in the Pre-Conference Tab.

Advanced Topics Class with Thomas W. Jones - SOLD OUT!

Two 90-minute advanced topics will be presented by Thomas W. Jones in an afternoon class (12:30 - 4 pm) held at the Minnesota Genealogy Center. This class is limited to 30 attendees and requires separate registration.

Full Conference Program Schedule

This conference offers two full days of learning opportunities for genealogists and family historians! View the complete program schedule and find out more about the twenty-five breakout sessions being offered by fourteen regional and national genealogy experts. This year, breakout sessions are organized in the program into five general tracks: DNA, Heritage Research, Problem-Solving, Sources and Records, and Research Tools. Use these links to get the full picture!

Hotel Accommodations - New This Year!

Do you need a room? See our Hotel page


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Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West
3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth, MN

Directions to the hotel

Registration is open!