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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.
This event is free and open to the public.
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Saturday, July 28
Yankee Genealogical Society Meeting  (Meetings)
1:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center, Founders Room
Using a webinar from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, we’ll explore resources, many available in the Minnesota Genealogy Center, for locating ancestors in the 1620-1700 time period. The presenter is David Dearborn, FASG, a senior genealogist at the NEHGS. Dearborn focuses on the how and why of using each resource.
A handout on the sources he recommends will be available. Some of these are also detailed in the MGC Library Yankee Pathfinder, introduced at the May 5 Yankee meeting . If you missed that meeting, you may get a copy of the 15-page Pathfinder on New England sources for $1.00.

FamilySearch: The Other 70%
Wednesday, August 1
FamilySearch: The Other 70%  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
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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Sunday, August 5
DNA Interest Group  (Meetings)
1:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center, Mississippi Room
Lois Mackin will present "X-Chromosome DNA, what it is and how we work with it." All interested are invited to attend. 

Saturday, August 25
Discover & Document Memories using Lyfmap  (Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
MGC - Mississippi Room
Have you ever thought "If only the walls could talk."? Or wondered about the memories of a specific place? With Lyfmap, memories can be preserved for a certain location by pinning to a map for others to discover. Lyfmap is another tool to include in your family research tool box that may help uncover unknown family names or history of an earlier time.
Special Guest Presenter Larry Bieza 
Larry has been excited about history since he was a teen. A lifetime resident of St. Paul, he is a collector of antique items and documents, and greatly enjoys these touchstones to the past. His greatest regret is that so much of human history is lost every day. To prevent this from ever happening again, he has spent the last 3 years developing Lyfmap, the perfect index for saving our history and connecting us with the past.

Open to the public.
Seating is limited.
Reserve your seat early by sending an email to info@romaniangenealogy.com 
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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
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
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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Thursday, October 4
Pre-Conference Advanced Topics Workshop  (Conferences)
The 2018 North Star Genealogy Conference is offering an advanced topics afternoon workshop by Thomas W. Jones as part of the annual conference.  The limited enrollment workshop will be held at the Minnesota Genealogy Center in Eagan, MN and requires registration through the North Star Genealogy Conference registration system.  Registration is open.  For complete information, visit the North Star 2018 page.

Friday, October 5 through Saturday, October 6
Enjoy two full days of conference sessions and activities including plenary sessions by nationally known featured speakers Thomas W. Jones and Karen Mauer Jones, 25 breakout sessions presented by 14 regional and national genealogy experts, the annual MGS Awards Banquet, vendors and exhibitors, door prizes and more!  Registration is open!  Get complete conference information on the North Star 2018 page.

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
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
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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