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Finding Dirk: Insanity in the 19th Century
Wednesday, March 3
Finding Dirk: Insanity in the 19th Century  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
 
Audience Level – Intermediate to Advance
 
Description:  Usually, it starts with “Shhh, we don't talk about Aunt Katy.” Many of us have ancestors who spent time in “insane asylums” during the 19th or early 20th century, like my 2x great-uncle Dirk. Changing societal needs and expectations during the 19th century dramatically altered the treatment and housing of the mentally ill, establishing a legacy we live with today. We will identify the many types of documents available publicly and the methods for obtaining court-held mental health records. Dirk's story and those of your confined ancestor deserve to be told.

About the Presenter:  Jill Morelli, CG, is a writer, lecturer, and researcher specializing in the U.S. Midwest, Scandinavia, and northern Germany. She lectures nationally on topics inspired by her own research. Jill has written articles for National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Swedish American Genealogist, Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly, and others. In 2017, she founded the online series Certification Discussion Group to demystify the process of portfolio submission to the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Jill is past president of the Seattle Genealogical Society, a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists, and many local genealogical societies.
 


Irish Famines and Emigration – Before, During and After the Great Hunger
Saturday, March 13
Irish Famines and Emigration – Before, During and After the Great Hunger  (Webinars)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
With Professor Christine Kinealy and Dr. Gerard Moran

Details and registration at IGSI


Saturday, March 13
Ruth Charest Files Workshop  (Workshop)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
ONLINE class
Jim Hirsch and Caroline Meilleur will be leading a workshop one CIG's greatest resources, the Ruth Charest File.
 
Ruth Charest was an avid genealogy researcher of French Canadian families of the northern states. Her seven file cabinets of ‘Surname Collection’ were donated to the Canadian Interest Group (CIG) of the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS). Some collections contain one sheet of paper and others are multiple files. We have found family group sheets, pictures, original correspondence, and transcribed church records in some files.
 
You can find a list of surnames in the Ruth Charest at http://mncig.org/charest/surname_list.pdf.
 


Saturday, March 20
RUNESTONES AND RUNIC INSCRIPTIONS WEBINAR  (Webinars)
1:00 pm
Danish Group Zoom Webinar

What are runes? What does runic writing teach us about our Scandinavian ancestry? This presentation will provide an overview of the thousands of runestones existing today,  primarily in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, but some in North America. 

 

Speaker Loraine Jensen is the President and founder of the  American Association for Runic Studies (AARS), a nonprofit organization promoting scholarly research on runes and runic inscriptions. This event is free and open to the public.

AARS website: www.runicstudies.org

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83370513778

 
Meeting ID: 833 7051 3778


Deeds: More Than Just Land Transactions
Saturday, March 27
Deeds: More Than Just Land Transactions  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online class
Buying and selling land? Of course. But deeds also provide details on animals, maiden names, relationships, enslaved names, gifts, ages, disputes, financial changes, secrets, occupation, inheritance, favoritism, neighbors, and legalities that impact deeds. Business history, community history, church history, and family dynamics appear in deeds. We’ll discuss how deeds sometimes lead to court cases, newspaper stories, and other records. The terminology used in deeds over the years in the U.S. does matter as do the laws in each state, the time period, boundaries, and the type of indexes. The discussion will also include how to access the deeds and related records, current online access to some older deeds, and digitizing projects. You will never again assume a deed is only a dry land transaction. An extensive handout is included with the class.
 
Instructor: Paula Stuart-Warren conducts genealogical and historical research, lecturing, and coaching in U.S. research. Her specialties include unusual records, analysis, research planning, problem-solving, manuscript and archival repositories, railroads, and Native American. She has experience as an instructor for SLIG and GRIP, and is a former board member APG, MGS, FGS.
 
Cost: Members $15 and Non-members $20


ABC's of Travel to Romania: Focus on the Area of Banat
Saturday, March 27
ABC's of Travel to Romania: Focus on the Area of Banat  (Webinars)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
HOSTED BY RGS
Due to concerns over COVID, this presentation will be ONLINE.*
 
Alexandra Irimia is a translator, interpreter, professional licensed national tour guide, and genealogy researcher who lives in Romania. She is proficient in languages including English, Spanish, Catalan, and Romania. Alexandra's hometown of Timisoara, Romania was designated by the European Union (EU) a European Capital of Culture for 2020 which has now been moved to 2023.
 
Details and registration information coming soon. 
For updates visit romaniangenealogy.com or  facebook



Documentation and Citation: Keep Calm and Cite Your Sources!
Wednesday, April 7
Documentation and Citation: Keep Calm and Cite Your Sources!  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
 
Audience Level – Intermediate to Advance
 
Description:  Source documentation and citations are important components of every successful family history project. Citing sources creates a permanent “breadcrumb trail” that others can follow and enhances the credibility of research findings. It takes self-discipline and thoughtfulness, but well-documented research stands the test of time. This webinar begins with the basics, then digs deeper into evolving standards for documenting 21st century sources. Discussion includes practical examples and step-by-step practice.
 
About the Presenter:  Alice Hoyt Veen is a Board-certified genealogist, professional researcher, and genealogical educator. She believes family history success lies in truly understanding the records our ancestors created. Her presentations reflect this philosophy through real case-study examples and hands-on practice. Alice serves as a trustee for the BCG Education Fund, a charitable trust advancing the educational aims of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She has spoken at national, regional, and state conferences, and for numerous Iowa organizations.
 


I Got My DNA Results. Now What??
Saturday, April 10
I Got My DNA Results. Now What??  (Webinars)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
HOSTED BY IGSI
Instructor Liz Gomoll will discuss what’s behind your DNA results and what all of this can do to forward your family research.
 
Details and registration at the Irish Genealogical Society International


Research or Bust: Essential Romanian Records Search
Saturday, April 10
Research or Bust: Essential Romanian Records Search  (Webinars)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
HOSTED BY RGS
Due to concerns over COVID, this presentation will be ONLINE.*
 
Alexandra Irimia is a translator, interpreter, professional licensed national tour guide, and genealogy researcher who lives in Romania. She is proficient in languages including English, Spanish, Catalan, and Romania. Alexandra's hometown of Timisoara, Romania was designated by the European Union (EU) a European Capital of Culture for 2020 which has now been moved to 2023.
 
Details and registration information coming soon. 
For updates visit romaniangenealogy.com or  facebook


MGS Spring 2021 All Star Conference
Saturday, April 17
MGS Spring 2021 All Star Conference  (Conferences)
Virtual Conference
Fee:
Full Day of Four Lectures: Members $50, Non-Members $65 (Discount code can be found in the Members Logon page.)
Single Lectures: $20 per
 
Click the Learn More button to find the Schedule and Presenter Bios
 



Why Were They There? Merging Evidence Explains Why Ancestors Settled Where They Did
Saturday, May 15
Why Were They There? Merging Evidence Explains Why Ancestors Settled Where They Did  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online class
Finding where your ancestors came from is one thing. Figuring out why they settled where they did is another. Your ancestors might have traveled in a group, followed friends, or set out for a hot job location. This Geo-Geography class will give you ideas about how to use a variety of sources to better understand why your ancestors stopped and settled where they did.

Instructor: J. H. Fonkert is a board-certified genealogist. He has published more than 80 research and teaching articles, has lectured at conferences and workshops in a dozen states, and has been an instructor at at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.
 
Cost: Members $15 and Non-members $20



Unlocking Notation Codes on Alien Passenger Lists
Saturday, June 19
Unlocking Notation Codes on Alien Passenger Lists  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online class
Late 19th and early 20th-century alien passenger manifests often contain cryptic number and letter codes. Most genealogists simply look past them. Learn how to interpret these codes and what significant details they can reveal about your ancestor’s immigration and naturalization experience. The presentation is heavily illustrated with examples from actual alien passenger lists and the handout provides a fairly complete glossary of the terms, codes, and abbreviations used on them.
 
Instructor: Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG, is co-editor of the Minnesota Genealogist quarterly journal. Liz is immediate past president of the Association for Professional Genealogists Northland Chapter and has served several terms on the Minnesota Genealogical Society Board of Directors. She currently chairs two MGS committees and is a member of several national and ethnic genealogy societies. Liz recently published two books: a collection of WWI letters and photographs called With Love to All, a co-authored guide called Husförhörslängder, Swedish Household Examination Records. She researches and lectures professionally as Red Bird Genealogy Services (www.RedBirdGen.com). In addition, Liz plays flute and piccolo professionally and holds a private pilot’s license.
 
Cost: Members $15 and Non-members $20



Who Hid the Body? Finding Place of Burial
Saturday, August 21
Who Hid the Body? Finding Place of Burial  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights, MN 55120
NOTE: This class is tentatively planned to be in person, although it may change to online depending on state of affairs.
 
Why is it important to find a person’s place of burial? Because it’s the end – the final event in a life and an essential part of that person’s story. While the place of burial may offer insight to a person’s life or unexpected information, it’s not always easy to find. Learn how to track down an ancestor that seems to have vanished after death.

Instructor: Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG, is co-editor of the Minnesota Genealogist quarterly journal. Liz is immediate past president of the Association for Professional Genealogists Northland Chapter and has served several terms on the Minnesota Genealogical Society Board of Directors. She currently chairs two MGS committees and is a member of several national and ethnic genealogy societies. Liz recently published two books: a collection of WWI letters and photographs called With Love to All, a co-authored guide called Husförhörslängder, Swedish Household Examination Records. She researches and lectures professionally as Red Bird Genealogy Services (www.RedBirdGen.com). In addition, Liz plays flute and piccolo professionally and holds a private pilot’s license.
 
Cost: Members $30 and Non-members $40



Hidden Research Gems: Back Issues of U. S. Genealogical and Historical Periodicals
Saturday, September 18
Hidden Research Gems: Back Issues of U. S. Genealogical and Historical Periodicals  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
NOTE: This class is tentatively planned to be in person, although it may change to online depending on the state of affairs.
 
Genealogical, historical, and ethnic periodicals of the past hold gems on our ancestral families and localities including details on repositories, locality history, church records, cemeteries, military service, surnames, bibles, and migration. What is waiting for your discovery? These are only a few of the reasons to use these dusty publications and the array of those free online. The footnotes in some articles lead to more details and records you may not have encountered. Learn more about various finding aids to help locate the content of periodicals online and near you.  The session highlights examples of these and other types of articles. An extensive handout is included with the class.

Instructor: Paula Stuart-Warren conducts genealogical and historical research, lecturing, and coaching in U.S. research. Her specialties include unusual records, analysis, research planning, problem-solving, manuscript and archival repositories, railroads, and Native American. She has experience as an instructor for SLIG and GRIP, and is a former board member APG, MGS, FGS.
 
Cost: Members $30 and Non-members $40



Planning a Research Trip
Saturday, November 20
Planning a Research Trip  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
NOTE: This class is tentatively planned to be in person, although it may change to online depending on state of affairs.
 
Are you ready to take a trip to your ancestral homeland? What should you know before you go?

Instructor: 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



Organizing Your Family History Research
Saturday, December 11
Organizing Your Family History Research  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
NOTE: This class is tentatively planned to be in person, although it may change to online depending on state of affairs.
 
Learn tips for safely organizing your research findings so you or others can find the records.

About the Presenter: 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