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Family History Writing Made Easier: Cloud-Based Tools Every Genealogist Can Use
Wednesday, February 3
Family History Writing Made Easier: Cloud-Based Tools Every Genealogist Can Use  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
 
Audience Level – Intermediate
 
Description:  Telling your family’s story is now so much easier thanks to a number of cloud-based notetaking and writing tools and apps you can access from home, your netbook or iPad, and even your smartphone. Learn about the latest tech tools and writing apps including Scrivener and Trello bringing your family’s story to life!

About the Presenter:  Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Eastern European research and writing your family history. She is the author of eleven books and hundreds of magazine articles. Lisa works as an online educator and writing coach through her website Research, Write, Connect, and developed the Eastern European Research Certificate Program for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.


Brick Wall Strategies
Saturday, February 13
Brick Wall Strategies  (Webinars)
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
With Michael John Neill and a panel of experts addressing participant submitted  brick walls
Details and registration at IGSI


Joint YGS/CIG Meeting — Researching Your French and Indian War Ancestor
Saturday, February 13
Joint YGS/CIG Meeting — Researching Your French and Indian War Ancestor  (Webinars)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online
Colonial Wars are an interesting part of our history. Many of the soldiers in the French and Indian War would go on to serve in the Continental Line in the American Revolution. It was the first global war. We called it the French and Indian War, but the British and French called it the Seven Year's War. Battles not only occurred on the American frontier but in places like India and the Philippines. George Washington was so embarrassed by his actions which precipitated the war that he began to learn how to be a better military officer. It prepared him for the fight two decades later. Learn how to properly research a participant in this war in French and colonial records.
 
 
Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 8,500 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than thirty years, he specializes in records of the National Archives, especially those that relate to the military. He has coordinated the Military tracks at IGHR, SLIG and GRIP in years past. He is currently the Coordinator of the SLIG Consultation Track, helping students solved their brick wall problems.


Displaying & Publishing Your Family History
Saturday, February 20
Displaying & Publishing Your Family History  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online class
Putting it all together to share with family. We will look at creating reports, charts, books, and posters with printing and publishing options. In addition to some interactive online options to get your relatives excited about their ancestors.
 
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 $15 and Non-members $20


Saturday, February 20
It’s Complicated: Historical Migrations of Ethnic Groups Within Areas of Present-Day Romania  (Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online
Mr. Bogdan Filipescu will discuss some examples of migrations of several ethnic groups that will be of broad interest to our members. This talk will help us better understand the complex history of Romania and migration patterns.  We tend to think about the land of present-day Romania in overly simplified terms, that everyone who came from that place was “Romanian.” But it’s much more complicated than that. Over the centuries, people continuously migrated to and from that area. How did they identify themselves? What lasting impressions did they leave on the land? (Surnames, customs, etc.) Q & A to follow
 
Bogdan Filipescu is a historian who worked as a museum curator in Romania before moving to the U.S.  He is interested in studying  Romanian immigration in the United States and Canada.
 
This presentation is open to RGS members only. Registration is not required. 
Details for joining the online presentation can be found on our Facebook Page. Or you can send an email to info@romaniangenealogy.com


Sunday, February 21
SLESVIG-HOLSTEN WEBINAR  (Webinars)
2:00 pm
Danish Group Zoom Webinar
The border region between Denmark and Germany poses a unique challenge for genealogists. Depending on time period, the same city might be under German rule or Danish rule, making looking for records difficult. Join us via Zoom webinar as Bill Holmquist guides us with tips on navigating research in the region. This event is free and open to the public.

 

Zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82744999617

 

Meeting ID: 827 4499 9617


Level One Genealogy Research Course
Sunday, February 28
Level One Genealogy Research Course  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Online course
Are you relatively new to researching your family? Or maybe your efforts have been on and off for years and you need help focusing and sorting through all the records and websites. Level one is designed for you. Participants complete assignments as they work on their own family with instructor feedback and research guidance.
 
Participants will learn best practices, basic tools, and methods, including commonly used record types, helpful forms, record keeping, navigating beneficial websites, research tools, and planning. By the end of the course, they will have produced identity profiles, timelines, locality guides, research plans, and research results for their chosen projects.
 
Level One is a series of four progressive classes designed to teach important genealogy skills, with three optional “office hours” coaching sessions in between classes. 
Class dates and times
  • Sunday, February 28, 2021, 1 to 3:30 PM
  • Sunday, March 14, 2021, 1 to 3:30 PM
  • Sunday, March 28, 2021, 1 to 3:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 11, 2021, 1 to 3:30 PM
Optional “office hours” coaching session dates and times
  • Sunday, March 7, 2021, 1 – 2 PM
  • Sunday, March 21, 2021, 1 – 2 PM
  • Monday, April 5, 2021, 7 – 8 PM
Lois Abromitis Mackin, PhD, is a professional genealogist focusing on American and English research. Lois has bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in history, and has studied at major genealogical institutes. She writes for Minnesota Genealogist and The Septs, teaches about genealogical records and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
 
Shirleen Hoffman is the President of the Minnesota Genealogical Society and a published author in several genealogical publications.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has studied at major genealogical institutes.  She is currently working on her master’s degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies.
 
$175 MGS members, $225 non-members
The maximum class size is 30 people
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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


Deeds: More Than Just Land Transactions
Saturday, March 20
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


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



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


Saturday, April 17
MGS Spring 2021 Genealogical Conference: 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
Class Description: Coming soon

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