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Using Family Tree Maker Software
Saturday, March 24
Using Family Tree Maker Software  (Classes)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100, Mendota Heights, MN
Description: Come and learn some tips and tricks for using 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.
Presenter: Cathi Weber has been researching her family for over 35 years and started NorthStar Genealogy to help others with their research and teach classes. She is President of the Anoka County Genealogical Society and the chair of the Education Committee of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. She has researched and compiled a number of charts and books for family, friends and clients.
$25 members, $30 nonmembers

Monday, March 26
What Shall I Do With Old Family Photographs?  (Meetings)
7:00 pm
Danish American Center 3030 West River Parkway in Minneapolis, lower level dining hall
Genealogists play a key role in preserving family history, which includes the preservation and sharing of old family photos. Speaker Linda Heen will discuss this topic and how photos may help in uncovering and solving family mysteries.
For more information, visit our website at www.danishgenealogy.org or on Facebook at National Danish American Genealogical Society.

Signs of the Times: Timelines in Genealogy
Wednesday, April 4
Signs of the Times: Timelines in Genealogy  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Description: Timelines are very visual. Creating a timeline helps you focus on gaps, contradictory information, invisible relationships, and more.
Timelines are multi-column matrices that can summarize complex information in an easy-to-see format. They are “living” summaries too. As you acquire new data, add it in! Timelines can help you meet the Genealogical Proof Standard, and they can save you from constantly referring to your files. They are an invaluable tool.
Presenter: Diane L. Richard, is a professional genealogist, author, and lecturer. She focuses on research in Southern states, and on tools, tips, and techniques for effective research anywhere. She has researched for Who Do You Think You Are? (and appeared on the Bryan Cranston episode).
Cost: Free!
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Saturday, April 7
Legacy Users Group Meeting  (Meetings)
9:00 am
1385 Mendota Heights Rd, Suite 100, Founders Room
Bring your Legacy question so that we all can learn something new.

Sunday, April 8
DNA Interest Group Meeting  (Meetings)
1:00 pm
1385 Mendota Heights Road, Ste 100, Mississippi Room
The program will be on basic DNA understanding and applications. It will be presented  by Tyson Williams.
All are invited.

Mining for Treasures on FamilySearch.org
Wednesday, April 11
Mining for Treasures on FamilySearch.org  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100, Mendota Heights, MN
Description:  There is a lot of value in this free site. Come learn how to discover all of the gems that may seem buried in this very valuable resource. Go beyond the search box and find digitized records and education opportunities that will assist you in your research.
Presenter:  Kim Ashford enjoys surrounding herself with puzzles and genealogy can indeed a very large and complex puzzle. She has a degree in Family History from Brigham Young University. She is very active in the German Genealogy Community, especially here in Minnesota with the Germanic Genealogy Society and with the International German Genealogy Partnership.
$25 members, $30 nonmembers

GGS Spring Conference
Friday, April 20 through Saturday, April 21
GGS Spring Conference  (Meetings)
Good Shepard Lutheran Church, 7600 Cahill Ave, Inver Grove Heights, MN
Timo Kracke - International Speaker
Two Full Days
Registration will begin at 8:30 each day
Presentations by Timo Kracke:
  • Start Your Research for German Ancestors with genealogy.net
  • Research Former German Territories
  • Ortsfamilienbücher, User Family Trees and Meta Search of genealogy.net
  • Historical GEO Information System GOV and Historic Address Books.
There will also be four breakout sessions with several presentations.
Registration is now open. Visit the GGS Site to register and download the Conference Flyer
Timo Kracke is a board member for Verein für Computergenealogie e.v.(Computer Genealogy Society) and Oldenburgische Gesellschaft für Familienkunde e.v. (Oldenburg Family History Society). He is the voice of the German Podcast “der Genealoge” (the Genealogist) and founder of the Kids-Genealogy project “die Familienforscher” (the Family History Researcher).  Tim is a genealogist, author, blogger, podcaster, and geocacher who lives in Ganderkesee, Germany, near Bremen

Monday, April 23
NDAGS Spring Potluck and Recipe Share  (Meetings)
6:00 pm
Danish American Center 3030 West River Parkway, Minneapolis MN
The National Danish-American Genealogical Society invites you to join us for our annual Spring Potluck. There will be lots of treats to enjoy and it is a great chance to meet our group and network with others interested in Danish genealogy. We will also be exchanging favorite Danish recipes (no need to bring one if you don't want to). All are welcome!
For more information, please visit our website or visit us on Facebook at National Danish American Genealogical Society.

Saturday, April 28
MGS Spring Workshop  (Workshop)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
1385 Mendota Heights MN 55120
The MGS Spring Workshop on Saturday, April 28, features some basic resources for research.  The sessions will be great for beginners as well as those who want a comprehensive review.
Registration is now open!
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What's Been Done: Using Someone Else's Genealogy Research
Wednesday, May 2
What's Been Done: Using Someone Else's Genealogy Research  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Description: Many of us as genealogists have inherited research from a relative and we are not always sure whether the content is reliable. What's the best way to incorporate the research of others into your own research without leading to dead ends, road blocks and unnecessary detours?
Here’s a road map on the best way to handle "outside research" and benefit from it as you combine the content with your own research.
Presenter: Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional based in the U.S. He specializes in using technology and social media to improve genealogy research, and as a way to connect with others in the family history community.
Cost: Free!
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Mapping and Genealogy
Saturday, May 19
Mapping and Genealogy  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100, Mendota Heights, MN
Description: The purpose of this presentation is to illustrate how historical maps can be used to enrich your genealogy efforts. Sources for historical maps Place names and locations - GNIS Public land survey and BLM records Google Earth - use and integration with other sources.
Presenter: Craig Rhombs is a retired software project manager. He has done genealogical research since 1971. He holds a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy (Vanderbilt University) and M.S. degrees in Astronomy (University of Iowa) and Solar Energy Studies with an emphasis on Computing and Information Sciences (Trinity University).
$25 members, $30 nonmembers

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
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

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

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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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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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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