Minnesota Genealogical Society

2017 North Star Genealogy Conference


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Minnesota Genealogical Society's

Tenth Annual
North Star Conference

Family History Crossroads
6-7 October 2017
Earle Brown
Heritage Center,
Brooklyn Center,

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
Cyndi Ingle, creator of Cyndi's List


Set your compass to the Tenth Annual North Star Genealogy Conference. The two-day event features:

  • Plenary lectures by nationally acclaimed genealogy educators, Paula Stuart-Warren and Cyndi Ingle
  • 20 breakout presentations by leading speakers from five states
  • New Location: The Earle Brown Conference Center is brimming with Minnesota heritage – it is an historic family farm converted to a modern conference center
  • Plus, exhibitors, vendors, and door prizes add to the fun!

Learning takes top billing at North Star, but it is also your opportunity to make new friends who share your enthusiasm for family history.

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA, is a genealogical educator, researcher, and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records with specialties in Native American research, the WPA, and railroad records. She spends extensive research time at repositories across the U.S. She is a coordinator for SLIG and GRIP and for Ancestry Academy and has presented seminars all across the U.S. and in Canada. She served on boards for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Minnesota Genealogical Society, and Association of Professional Genealogists.

Cyndi Ingle, a genealogist for more than 37 years, is the creator of Cyndi's List; author of three books for genealogical research on the Internet; a past member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society; and an active member in several other genealogical groups.


Paula's presentations:

What Should I Do Next? Developing Step-by-Step Research Plans
Research Rewards in County Courthouse and Town Hall Records
Deeds: Much More Than Land Descriptions*
Awards Banquet talk: Why Do I Descend From THESE Families?

Cyndi's presentations:

Pin Your Ancestors Down With Google Maps and Google Earth
A Guided Tour of Cyndi's List 2.0
Striking Out on Their Own: Online Migration Tools and Resources
How the Homestead Act Shaped My Family and Maybe Yours*

*Part of a dual two-hour session in which Paula and Cyndi will engage in a give-and-take discussion of the Homestead Act, which gave thousands of settlers a foot-hold in Minnesota and the Dakotas, and of the use of land records in family history research.

Enjoy 20 breakout sessions featuring fourteen leading genealogists from Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Colorado. View Breakout Session descriptions and Speaker Bios.


Pre-conference DNA Day – 5 October 2017

North Star DNA Day is an exciting full-day genetic genealogy learning opportunity.

Learn the value of adding DNA to your genealogy toolbox through informative lectures and small group discussions. With an emphasis on autosomal DNA, instructors will illustrate:

  • DNA basics
  • Testing risks
  • Ethics of genetic genealogy
  • Use of third-party analysis tools

North Star DNA Day will keep you up-to-date with the rapidly evolving world of genetic genealogy. The curriculum is designed to advance the skills of both researchers just starting their genetic genealogy journey and those who have already taken DNA tests and are ready for more advanced analysis tools.

North Star DNA Day requires separate registration. Space is limited.
More details and Class Schedule


Vendors, Exhibitors & Advertising Opportunities

Come be a part of the conference as a vendor or exhibitor. Attendees will have morning and afternoon breaks and extended lunch times to visit your table. Fill out an application now to reserve a free table—space is limited!
Take out an ad in the conference program and promote your business or organization to 200-250 attendees! Let them know of your services or an upcoming special event. Submit ad copy by August to reserve your space in the program.
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Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN

Lodging close to Earle Brown Heritage Center

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