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Beyond Beginning Genealogy
Saturday, June 22
Beyond Beginning Genealogy  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center, Ancestor's Room
This class is for persons who have some genealogy research experience.  It covers the most useful and important strategies and sources available. Attendees will learn how to focus their research, find useful records and evaluate their findings to answer their genealogy questions.
Shirleen Hoffman's bio: “I am a professional genealogical researcher, speaker and consultant.  Vice President of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.  Published author in the Minnesota Genealogist, SEPTS and the Germanic Genealogy Journal.   Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and APG Northland Chapter Liaison.”

Sunday, June 23
Genealogy Travels in Canada  (Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Three speakers will discuss their experiences doing genealogy research while travelling through Canada.
  • Mark Labine - family reunion in Nova Scotia
  • Barb Fisette – Family History trip to Quebec
  • Bob Rowe - Research Trip to Ontario

Saturday, July 6
Legacy Users Group Meeting  (Meetings)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
NOTE: This meeting has been cancelled to celebrate the long weekend.

Sunday, July 7
DNA Interest Group  (Meetings)
1:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Rd, Suite 100, Mendota Heights, MN
Lois Abromitis Mackin will present "Cousin John'?". All are welcome to attend.

Online Source for Scottish Genealogy Research
Thursday, July 11
Online Source for Scottish Genealogy Research  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Presenter: Christine Woodcock
Description:There comes a time when you have done all of the online researching you can do using the standard databases. In this talk you will learn of databases that aren't as well know but that can assist in breaking through your brick walls. These include:
• ScotlandsPeople
• FamilySearch
• GenesReunited
• National Library of Scotland
• Websites for researching Scottish Occupations
• Websites specific to the genealogy of regions where your ancestors might have lived
• Emigration Databases
• Military Databases
• Witchcraft Databases
• Medieval Ancestry
• British Newspapers
• Findmypast
About the Presenter: Christine Woodcock is a genealogy educator who enjoys sharing knowledge and opportunities with others to assist them in their quest to find their Scottish ancestors or to preserve their family legacy. Christine enjoys helping others to preserve and share their family photos, documents and videos in ways that are tangible and easily shareable.
Sponsored by the Canadian Interest Group

Vital and Church Records
Saturday, July 20
Vital and Church Records  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center, Ancestor’s Room
Description: Vital and church records are best sources for gathering direct evidence of family relationships. Knowing how to find and understand these is essential for success in genealogical research. Learn how to discover what records were created, when and by whom and how to access them now.

Bio: Tom Rice, CG®, is a professional genealogical researcher, writer and lecturer. He is a past director of MGS, a past director and officer of the Irish Genealogical Society International, and editor of their journal, The Septs. He volunteers as a genealogy helper at the Minnesota Historical Society Library. His research experience included United States, Canada, British Isles and Scandinavia.

Saturday, August 3
Yankee Meeting  (Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center, Founders Room
Sharing meeting: Genealogical Travel, Past, Present, Future
Have you had a great research trip, traveled to homes of ancestors, or are planning a trip? Share your travel story and a memento. 

Building a Research Plan
Wednesday, August 7
Building a Research Plan  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Presenter: Janice Lovelace, Ph.D.
Description: You must have a plan before you start researching. What is your research goal? What is your specific research question to answer? Careful planning can lead to greater success. Janice Lovelace, Ph.D. will give step-by-step instructions to demonstrate on how to build a research plan. No matter if you are just beginning your genealogy research or have years of experience, you will easily see the many benefits of doing a research plan in the techniques shown in this webinar.
About the Presenter:
Janice Lovelace, Ph.D. is a genealogical researcher, educator, author and lecturer, with over thirty years of experience. She is a frequent speaker at national genealogy conferences. A retired college faculty member, Dr. Lovelace authored the National Genealogical Society’s online continuing education course African American Roots: A Historical Perspective.

Potluck & Pedigree — Member Only Social Event
Saturday, August 10
Potluck & Pedigree — Member Only Social Event  (Classes)
5:00 pm to 11:59 pm
Minnesota Genealogical Society
Watch this space for more details!

Sunday, August 18
Canadian Interest Group Meeting  (Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center, Mississippi Room
Indian Adoptees - Tracking Tribal Affiliation

Weaving the Research Quilt: Writing the Story of Your Ancestor
Wednesday, September 4
Weaving the Research Quilt: Writing the Story of Your Ancestor  (Webinars)
Presenter: Barbara Randall
Barbara Randall will demonstrate a technique that can be used to write a story of your ancestor or to identify research gaps, to intertwine all of your research to weave the story of your ancestor’s life. Your ancestors’ lives are not in the isolated, separate documents you’ve collected, but are in the whole of your research and of the times they lived in. Researching your ancestors, and their “FAN” (friends, associates, neighbors) network can create the patchwork to complete the quilt of your ancestor. Learn how to collect and use your information to piece the quilt together.
About the Presenter:
Barbara Randall is a lecturer, writer, co-chair of the Southern CA Genealogical Society (SCGS) Extension Series Webinars and speaker chair of the Genealogy Jamboree conference. Barbara is on the boards of the Southern CA Chapter-Association of Professional Genealogists, SCGS and BIFHS-USA. She is a DAR volunteer genealogist and chapter registrar.

Waterways to the Midwest
Wednesday, October 2
Waterways to the Midwest  (Webinars)
Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle
Before the advent of the railroads, travel by water was the easiest and fastest way to the newly-opened territories of the Midwestern United States. Learn about these trails and how our ancestors traveled them.
About the Presenter:
Annette Burke Lyttle speaks on genealogical topics at the local, state, and national levels. She loves helping people uncover and share their family stories. Annette is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and she studies regularly at genealogical institutes and in study groups.

Thursday, October 3
North Star Pre-Conference  (Conferences)
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Find your family’s history and take your research to the next level!  Attend a morning pre-conference session with David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer of Family Search.  Register for this session using the North Star conference registration.  Visit the North Star 2019 page for more pre-conference information.

12th Annual North Star Genealogy Conference
Friday, October 4 through Saturday, October 5
12th Annual North Star Genealogy Conference  (Conferences)
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West Hotel in Plymouth, Minnesota
Energize your family history research at Minnesota’s premier genealogy event!   This conference offers plenary sessions by John Philip Colletta, one of America’s favorite genealogy storytellers, 20 breakout sessions featuring a wide variety of topics, vendors and exhibitors and much more. 

MGS will also celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special Celebration and Awards banquet Friday evening, October 4th at the conference.  Registration for all conference events opens June 15th.  For more information, visit the North Star 2019 page.

Using Homestead Records to Tell Your Ancestor’s Story
Wednesday, November 6
Using Homestead Records to Tell Your Ancestor’s Story  (Webinars)
Presenter: Michelle Roos Goodrum
Homestead files contain a goldmine of information, adding depth to your relatives’ stories. Learn to identify potential homesteaders, the clues their files contain, and how to access those files.
About the Presenter:
Michelle Roos Goodrum is a member of the teaching team for Boston University's Genealogical Research Certificate Program and Genealogy Principles courses. Involved in genealogy since 1994, she is the caretaker of 140 years of her family's papers. Michelle loves land records, genetic genealogy, photography, and attending genealogy institutes and conferences.

Pins and Needles: Adding Social Media to Your Genealogical Repertoire
Wednesday, December 4
Pins and Needles: Adding Social Media to Your Genealogical Repertoire  (Webinars)
Presenter: Tina Beaird
Many of us have used Facebook to find distant cousins and former high school friends. When it comes to genealogy, lots of social media sites are seeing the advantages of making searching for ancestors fun. Join Tina Beaird for a fun session on how to use sites like Pinterest, Flickr, LinkedIn, What Was There, and more to find, identify, and share ancestors.
About the Presenter:
Tina Beaird, owner of Tamarack Genealogy, lectures nationally on military research, genealogical methodology, Scottish records, and archival preservation. She is a governing board director of the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board. Tina volunteers for several local Illinois societies scanning and indexing historic records.