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Monday, May 21
Cousins by the Dozens--Learning about DNA Testing  (Meetings)
7:00 pm
Danish American Center, lower level dining hall, 3030 West River Parkway South, Minneapolis
DNA and genealogy is the latest trend, and can provide great leads in your genealogical research. But sometimes it is confusing on where to  begin and what to do with the information that you find. Certified  Genealogist and DNA expert Alice Eicholz, PhD, will guide us through the  complex and exciting world of DNA. This event is presented by the National Danish-American Genealogical Society. It is free and open to the public.
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Saturday, June 2
Legacy User's Group Meeting  (Meetings)
9:00 am
MGS Mississippi Room
Another learning experience for those using using the best genealogy software available.


Sunday, June 3
DNA Interest Group  (Meetings)
1:00 pm
Brookdale Public Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center
The Program will be a presentation by Cathi Lyman-Onkka " Using DNA Plus Old Fashioned Genealogy to Solve a Family Mystery".  All are invited.


We're Here in America, Now What?
Wednesday, June 6
We're Here in America, Now What?  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
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Description: Our immigrant ancestors came to America with their hopes and little money. While some families arrived to relatives or friends who had already settled in the area, many were facing a world that was quite foreign to them.
Focusing on the largest European immigration period of 1880 to 1920, we'll discuss procedures at places like Ellis Island, and travel modes and resources from immigrants' ports of entry. Learn about how immigrant homes, tenements, unions, settlement houses, benevolent and fraternal societies, churches and synagogues helped guide immigrants to jobs, residences, and more. We’ll also discuss immigrant newspapers and their roles in strengthening immigrant communities.
 
Presenter: Jennifer Alford is a Professional Engineer by day and a genealogist by night. Her work includes a specialty in Jewish research, publishing, and teaching others. She finds much joy in her work as Publisher of The In-Depth Genealogist’s magazine, Going In-Depth.
 
Cost: Free!
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Wednesday, June 13
First Stop - Check the Census Records  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100, Mendota Heights, MN
 
Description:  The U.S. Federal Census can be wonderful tools and clues, as are state census records and the other specialized census records. We will look at these records and find ways to use them.
 
Presenter:  Linda Westrom has worked on her family history off and on for about 30 years, researching German ancestry and Yankee/New England ancestry. In 2013, she wrote and published a Bollmann family history. Linda is currently president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society which has as its mission education for those interested in pursuing the history of their family.
 
$25 members, $30 nonmembers
 
 


Introduction to Danish Genealogy
Saturday, June 16
Introduction to Danish Genealogy  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100, Mendota Heights, MN
Description:  Do you want to research your Danish ancestors but don’t know where to start? Hit a road block? Looking for new leads? This lecture will provide step-by-step instructions, and links to online resources, on how to begin and sustain your Danish genealogical research.
 
Presenter:  Heather Mullen is President of the National Danish American Genealogical Society, serving her third term. She has been engaged in genealogy for over 10 years, with a focus on Danish genealogy as well as Swedish, general American, and writing. Heather enjoys adding historical context to her genealogy writing to make ancestors "come alive" to non-genealogist family members.
 
$25 members, $30 nonmembers
 
 


Monday, June 25
Cemeteries, Obituaries, and Death Records  (Meetings)
7:00 pm
Danish American Center, 3030 West River Parkway South, Minneapolis
There are many records of great genealogical value associated with death.  Finding these records will greatly enhance your family history research and move you forward to new discoveries.  This treasure trove of information can often be surprisingly easy to locate but only if you know where to look. We will also have a training session on how to use and become a registered contributor to Find-A-Grave.   Presented by Bill Holmquist, NDAGS Vice-President.
For more information, please visit our website



Honoring the Stories Behind the Stuff
Wednesday, July 11
Honoring the Stories Behind the Stuff  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100, Mendota Heights, MN
Description:  We all have "The Box" of photos and memorabilia. In this class we will teach you a process for sorting through your box, while still honoring the memories they represent; and provide creative and space-saving tips to preserve them for future generations.
 
Presenters:  Amanda Lathrop has worked on independent films, commercials, corporate video, and many television series for History Channel, Food Network, and Travel Channel. After producing a family history video for her own family, she combined her genealogy hobby with her professional video business. Giving her the opportunity to use her skills to help people capture, share, and preserve their own stories.
 
Holly Corbid, from Capture Your Photos, is passionate about helping people celebrate life, tell stories and touch hearts with their photo and video collections by helping to organize, preserve and share them.  She is a member of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers, Women’s Business Bridge and the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce. 
 
$25 members, $30 nonmembers
 
 


Monday, July 23
Using Family Tree Maker Software  (Meetings)
7:00 pm
Danish American Center, 3030 West River Parkway South, Minneapolis
As you collect genealogical data, it is essential to keep it in an organized and secure place.  Come and learn some tips and tricks  for using the Family Tree Maker genealogy software program. See how it  interfaces with Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.  See the new color  coding feature. Find out what’s new in Family Tree Maker 2017. Presented by Cathi Weber, founder of NorthStar Genealogy, and genealogist for over 40 years.
For more information, please visit our website



FamilySearch: The Other 70%
Wednesday, August 1
FamilySearch: The Other 70%  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
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Description: Are you only conducting surname searches at FamilySearch.org (FS)? Over 70% of the digital images of FS are NOT found using a surname search and indexing is not keeping up with the aggressive program of digitization.
Learn how to find these records that previously could only be viewed in Salt Lake City and how to access them with a minimum of scrolling through individual records. Multiple examples illustrate the methods of subdividing the records that can make your discoveries easier and faster. Other tips for successful searching and the present status of digitization of the records will be discussed.
 
Presenter: Jill Morelli, CG®,  lectures about her Midwestern, northern German and Scandinavian ancestors nationwide. She presents on intermediate and advanced methodologies, unique records sets, Swedish research, and house histories. She also teaches an online class on demystifying the process of certification.
 
Cost: Free!
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Probate: Wills and a Whole Lot More
Wednesday, September 5
Probate: Wills and a Whole Lot More  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
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Description: Probate records can be some of the richest genealogical resources. Yes, they can contain wills, but often the best probate packets are for our ancestors who died intestate or who didn’t have to die at all to make an appearance in a probate action.
We’ll look at wills and the wonderful information they can contain, but beyond that we’ll examine records generated by disposing of an estate without a will, as well as guardianships and competency determinations.
 
Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle speaks at the national, state, and local 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, in addition to national, state, and local societies.
 
Cost: Free!
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Autosomal Testing: Understanding Your DNA Results
Saturday, September 15
Autosomal Testing: Understanding Your DNA Results  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100, Mendota Heights, MN
Description:  So, you have your DNA results, now what? DNA for genealogy can be overwhelming. Learn the basics of genetic genealogy, important vocabulary, and some valuable resources.
 
Presenters:  Kelli Bergheimer is a writer, teacher, editor, and national genealogical speaker. Kelli is a math and science editor for Smart Education—a K-12 textbook company located in Dubai writing textbooks for the MENA region—Middle East Northern Africa. Kelli runs Mess on the Desk, a genealogical organization company. Kelli is the Central Ohio DNA Interest Group facilitator.
 
$25 members, $30 nonmembers
 
 



Using Mitochondrial DNA Testing for Genealogical Problem Solving
Wednesday, October 3
Using Mitochondrial DNA Testing for Genealogical Problem Solving  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
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Description: Utilizing mitochondrial DNA testing in genealogy garners a lot of naysayers and negative advice. Learn how vitally important this kind of testing can be when you use DNA as an active tool in the genealogical toolbox. This case study will show you how pairing good research and DNA testing can be the perfect marriage.
 
Presenter: Dr. Michael Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian native to northern Indiana. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range of specialties.
 
Cost: Free!
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Using Free Online Services to Map Your Ancestors
Wednesday, November 7
Using Free Online Services to Map Your Ancestors  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
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Description: See how to built interactive and attractive-looking maps of places our ancestors lived, which can provide us additional insights about their lives.
The presenter will introduce free, mostly online mapping services and show how to combine old maps from various timeframes, current maps, and location information (from gedcom files, grave databases, land owners registers, etc.). The resulting combined map shows our ancestors visually in a new way. One example of such a map is here: www.polishgen.com/kulaszne.
 
Presenter: Zbigniew Stettner  has 10 years of experience researching in Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania. He works as a guide for people looking for their family roots (PolishGen.com). He speaks Polish, English, and Russian, and has experience teaching at the university level and speaking at international conferences.
 
Cost: Free!
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PERSIbilities: Better Research with ACPL's Periodical Source Index
Wednesday, December 5
PERSIbilities: Better Research with ACPL's Periodical Source Index  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
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Description: This presentation will look into PERSI, discuss its partnership with Find My Past (FMP), and provide tips and techniques for getting the most out of this valuable genealogical resource.
The presenter will demonstrate a variety of search tips and examine some of the nuances with the FMP search interface, discuss how researchers can obtain copies of the journals they locate on PERSI, report on FMP's ongoing digitization work (and tell how societies can get involved in the digitization process). And, mini-case studies will illustrate how PERSI can enhance genealogical research.
 
Presenter: Cari Taplin, CG is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least the stories her grandparents told her as a child said so. As a result, she has been working on finding her true heritage since the year 2000. She is a regional and national speaker. Cari is a native of Wood County, Ohio, who now lives near Austin, Texas.
 
Cost: Free!
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