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Finding Gabriel
Thursday, November 14
Finding Gabriel  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Using genealogy and DNA analysis and the historical record to identify 1688 human remains from the first European settlement on the Gulf Coast, the presenter, David Trudeau, tells his story of discovery. Participants will learn about applying “deep” genetics using mtDNA and Y-DNA as a tool for the study of family trees beyond the fifth generation, and particularly more about the Y and mtDNA databases developing for the 17th century pioneers of New France, present day Quebec.
About the Presenter:  David Trudeau is a retired physician and researcher who has become an avid amateur genealogist, tracing his French Canadian, as well as Scottish Canadian, Irish Canadian, Yankee and Czech family lineage. He is the author of three articles which have recently appeared in La Charpente, the journal of the American Truteau Association in English and French. He recently completed a study of his Scottish and Quebecois great-grandparents in the Richelieu Valley and Eastern Townships of Quebec that will soon be available in hard copy in the MGS library and also in a published version for sale at Mr. Trudeau's Online Store.  
He also has published a number of scientific articles and book chapters, and spent his medical career in Family Practice and Addiction Medicine, with teaching positions at the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the University of Kansas School of Medicine at Wichita Department of Psychiatry.

Though They Were Poor, They May Have Been Rich in Records
Saturday, November 16
Though They Were Poor, They May Have Been Rich in Records  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100, Mendota Heights, MN
Class Description: Records related to poor ancestors or with temporary problems exist all over the Midwest. Record details include place of origin, birthdate, religion, residence, infirmity, death dates, burial, and family members. Learn about the institutions, records, where they may be found, and how to deal with the emotions that they may produce.
About the Presenter: 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.

Saturday, November 16
Romanian Meeting - Clues for Finding Your Immigrant  (Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
What clues are you overlooking? Are you sure you've looked everywhere for your immigrant's records? This presentation will explore how looking closer at all evidence can lead to a more complete story.
Please bring:
  • Name of family member researching- First, Last and spelling variations you've found.
  • Dates for birth, marriage or death.
  • Any copies of documentation, certificates or other evidence you have to aid in your search.
Meeting will continue with group discussion and light social gathering.
For more information, visit our website or Facebook page

Monday, November 25
Winter Potluck and Learning About Viking Food  (Meetings)
6:00 pm
Danish American Center, 3030 West River Parkway South, Minneapolis
Many of us have perused assorted  Danish or other Nordic recipe books. At our November meeting, NDAGS  member Ed Steenberg will share with us a culinary journey through time  and space. Learn about the traditional meal, as we take a culinary  journey through Viking Age Scandinavia. This is also our annual winter potluck and Officers' Election. Please bring a dish to pass if you can, or just come to join us and meet the group. For more information, visit our website

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.

Saturday, December 7
Legacy Users Group  (Meetings)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100

Nordic Patronyms and Surnames
Saturday, December 14
Nordic Patronyms and Surnames  (Classes)
Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100, Mendota Heights, MN
Class Description: Many aspects of Nordic vs American name understanding will be presented with examples from 40 years of Finnish, Swedish, and Norwegian research, regarding given names, patronyms, matronyms, surnames including farm names, soldier names, spelling, and how our mostly rigid, modern American concepts of name often can cause confusion for Americans doing old Nordic research.
About the Presenter: Greg Isola has researched family history since 1978 and studied the Finnish language since 1979. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Besides research and business, Greg is writing about Finnish genealogy for the Finnish American Reporter newspaper.

Saturday, December 14
Canadian Interest Group Meeting  (Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
"Before Ontario: Researching in Upper Canada and Canada West"
Description: Researching your ancestor in Upper Canada before 1850 is frustrating. It's so hard to find any records. But is it really? Discover the best places to find records in this early period of Ontario. Learn strategies for using indirect evidence in order to draw conclusions about your Upper Canada and Canada West ancestors.
About the Presenter:  Kathryn Lake Hogan, UE, PLCGS is a Canadian professional genealogist who revels in teaching people how to find their ancestors in Canada.

Celtic Connections Conference
Friday, July 31, 2020 through Saturday, August 1, 2020
Celtic Connections Conference  (Conferences)
Wheeling, Illinois
The Irish Genealogical Society International, an MGS affiliate, is co-sponsor of the Conference.  An acclaimed group of Irish, Scottish, Welsh and U.S. genealogists has been confirmed to present at the event.  A great conference venue (Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel) combined with two full days of Irish genealogy, history, and culture ensure a stimulating experience for family historians. 
Registration starts early January; hotel reservations can be made now.
Details at their website