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Wednesday, January 29
Breaking Down Irish Stone Walls with Michael, Kathy, Ann, Tom, Pat and Mary!  (Classes)
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Bricks in your family tree driving you up the wall? This free workshop is intended to help break down your wall…or at least provide you with some tools to begin chipping away. The morning will begin by viewing Michael John Neill’s excellent 2018 Brick Walls Strategies webinar. After a short break, a group of experienced IGSI volunteers will help answer your question or go away with a plan for you to carry out.
 



Saturday, February 1
Legacy Users Group  (Meetings)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Bring your Legacy Questions to discuss.


Saturday, February 1
All Kinds of Loyalists  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
In the aftermath of the American Revolution, many of those who remained loyal to the British Crown fled to Canada. Join us for a live webinar on the many groups of Loyalists and where they settled, presented by Kathryn Lake Hogan, U.E.
 
Hosted by the Yankee Genealogical Society and the Canadian Interest Group


Sunday, February 2
DNA Interest Group Meeting  (Meetings)
1:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
The program by Lois Abromitis Mackin will be a Brief Introduction to Leeds Method a manual tool for sorting your matches. For those familiar with this program feel free to share your experiences.


Skeletons in the Family Closet: Dealing with the Unexpected
Wednesday, February 5
Skeletons in the Family Closet: Dealing with the Unexpected  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
We all find scandals, scalawags, and other surprises in the course of our genealogical research, whether through traditional research methods or DNA. Do you share this information if it is potentially traumatic to certain family members? If you do, how and when do you share it? Karen Fortin’s presentation explores some of the unexpected, and sometimes unsavory, facts that may arise and ethical considerations to keep in mind when deciding how to share them.
 
About the Presenter: Karen A. Fortin has degrees in History and Library and Information Science and a passion for research. She is a member of various local, state, and national genealogical societies, and loves to help people explore their family history so that they can better understand their ancestors and the world in which they lived.
 


Brickwall Workshop : Techniques to Break Through the Toughest Brick walls
Saturday, February 15
Brickwall Workshop : Techniques to Break Through the Toughest Brick walls  (Classes)
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
A Half-day workshop where participants will work on reconstructing an instructor-supplied example, a pre-1850 family using an authored family history, cemetery records, pre- and post-1850 census records, and several kinds of probate records. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to go home taking the methods you learned and apply them to your own brick walls.
 
About the Presenter: Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., 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 methods, and has served as President of the Northland chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
 


Saturday, February 15
Tracking Migrating Ancestors: Germans to the US from Romania  (Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Many genealogy researchers have a keen interest in confirming family stories about ancestral hometowns, regions or countries. The presenter’s genealogical journey traces the migration of her German Donauschwaben ancestors who came to St Paul, Minnesota in the early 1900s from the Banat region of the Austro-Hungarian Empire – part of which is now Romania. Some lines can be traced back to the mid-1700s when they migrated to the Banat. The story of their journey is illustrated by documents discovered, useful sources, and current pictures in the Banat region of Romania. Helpful hints on dealing with records in different languages, place name changes, and sources to track Donauschwaben ancestors is provided. Many techniques are likely to apply to other migrating ancestors.

About the Presenter: Kate Swanson has been researching her family history off and on for about 40 years, but her efforts on the Donauschwaben ancestors began about 4 years ago when she retired from a career in food safety. The daughter of an army officer, she lived in Germany and Japan as a child, as well as the US, and traveled internationally for work. Her genealogy interests continue to let her explore different cultures. She and her husband live in Mendota Heights, MN.

The meeting is open to RGS members and the public. Registration is not required, but you are encouraged to arrive early to ensure a seat.  


Level One Genealogy Research Course
Saturday, February 22
Level One Genealogy Research Course  (Classes)
9:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Level One is a 3-session course of progressive classes designed to teach important genealogy skills.
  • Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Saturday, March 7, 2020, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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 and receive instructor feedback and research guidance.   Don’t miss this opportunity to bring your research to the next “Level”! 

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.
 
$95 MGS members, $125 nonmembers
Maximum class size is 15 people
 
About the Presenter: Shirleen Hoffman is the Vice 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 completed several professional genealogy courses.
 


Naturalization: The Process, The Law and The Records
Monday, February 24
Naturalization: The Process, The Law and The Records  (Meetings)
7:00 pm
Danish American Center 3030 West River Parkway Minneapolis

Our immigrant ancestors became Americans--somehow. In this lecture, we will take a look at the laws and processes that made that possible and at the records created along the way. We will learn where to find these records and what they tell us about our family's history. 

Speaker: Tom Rice, CG is a professional genealogical researcher, lecturer, and writer with long-time service to the MGS, IGSI, and MNHS. The National Danish-American Genealogical Society is presenting this event, which is free and open to the public. For more information about our group, please visit our website.



Saturday, March 7
Legacy Users Group  (Meetings)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Bring your Legacy Questions to discuss.


Military Records and Fold3
Saturday, March 21
Military Records and Fold3  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Learn the types of military records that are available and learn where you can access them, including important military genealogy sites like Fold3. See how useful military records are for your genealogy quest.
 
About the Presenter: Cathi Weber has been a genealogical researcher for more than 30 years. She has researched in more than 10 states, as well as at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Cathi has taught classes for the Anoka County Genealogical Society and is the 2010 winner of the MGS North Star Award.
 


Monday, March 23
Honoring the Stories Behind the Stuff  (Classes)
7:00 pm
Danish American Center 3030 West River Parkway Minneapolis
Do you have a box of old photos and memorabilia? Have you avoided tackling those boxes because you just don’t know what to do with it or you feel guilty if you don’t really want it? This program is designed to teach you a process to sort through your photos and memorabilia efficiently, while still honoring the memories they represent; and provide creative and space-saving tips to preserve them for future generations. 
 
Speakers are Holly Corbid, of Capture Your Photos and Amanda Lathrop, of  Lead Sheep Productions.
 
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit our website at: http://www.danishgenealogy.org
 
 



Saturday, April 18
Spring Workshop  (Workshop)
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Pilgrims to Patriots: Researching Colonial America to the United States Revolution, A celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower


How to Get Ready to Search Irish Records
Saturday, April 25
How to Get Ready to Search Irish Records  (Classes)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
This presentation details what researchers must do before they can expect to have success in Irish records. It cannot be stressed enough that researchers must turn every stone in their North American records set to discover three things: the names of their Irish immigrants, the names of the immigrants’ parents, and their place of origin in Ireland. It is extremely difficult if not impossible to have success in Irish records without these facts.
 
The talk takes researchers from starting with what they know to interviewing relations and then researching records. Strategies and records sets are discussed at length to develop a full set of immigrant relatives to look for answers to parents’ names and places of origin in Ireland.
 
The program is an hour-long Keynote presentation with slides that depict examples of records that researchers will find necessary in the pursuit of their Irish roots. Questions are encouraged at the end of the presentation to further discussion and provide guidance for future research. Records to be discussed will include: Death certificate, Obituary, Cemetery, Probate, Funeral Home, Marriage(s), Censuses, Naturalization, Passenger lists, Passport applications, Religious Order Biographies, Newspaper clippings, Military Enlistment, Military Pension, Church records, County Histories and Bank records.
 
Presenter: Kevin Cassidy is an avid researcher and lecturer on genealogy topics. He has searched his own family tree back to the 8 Irish townlands of origin for his great-grandparents since 1994. Kevin has also had several pieces published in newsletters and genealogy magazines including Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today. His talks are research and strategy centered. Each family tree is unique to itself and he encourages researchers with a plethora of examples and research approaches that will advance their own research goals. He has spoken across the United States and in Northern Ireland, Ireland and Canada through July 2020. He has history and law degrees and a diploma in family history.
 


Level Two Genealogy Research Course
Sunday, April 26
Level Two Genealogy Research Course  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Level Two is a 3-session course of progressive classes designed to teach important genealogy skills. 
  • Sunday, April 26, 2020, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
  • Sunday, May 3, 2020, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
  • Sunday, May 17, 2020, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
You will build on your progress from Level One as you learn and practice more advanced research skills, methods and sources. You will learn about how to evaluate your sources; are they original, derivative or authored; how reliable are they? You will complete assignments on your family genealogy and receive instructor feedback and research guidance. As a final assignment, you will investigate a research question, and prepare a proof argument to answer the question.   Don’t miss this opportunity to bring your research to the next “Level”!  

NOTE: Registrants must successfully complete Level One or demonstrate to the instructor they have the knowledge and skills learned in Level One by submitting a resume or work sample to Shirleen Hoffman at genealogytalks@gmail.com
Resume:  De scribe your  genealogical education and experience.
Work sample: Prepare  research question and research timeline for a person about whom there is conflicting information.
$95 MGS members, $125 nonmembers
Maximum class size is 15 people

About the Presenter: Shirleen Hoffman is the Vice 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 completed several professional genealogy courses.
 



Planning a Research Trip to Ireland
Saturday, May 9
Planning a Research Trip to Ireland  (Classes)
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
The ultimate dream can come true! Perhaps you have a trip already planned. If so, great! Let Ann help you learn about the major genealogy research repositories in Ireland and what you might expect to find in them. You will come away with hints and tips for research when in Ireland. 

If you do not yet have your trip planned, Ann’s session will be followed by a brown bag lunch plus a panel of people like you who have done research in Ireland and a travel expert to help answer your basic questions like “When is the best time to go to Ireland?” and “How can I get around once I am there?”
 
Presenter: Ann Eccles is the current president of IGSI, editor of The Septs, and a researcher volunteer on Irish Saturdays.  A retired librarian, she has used her experience in researching to trace her many Irish family lines.
 


Documents + DNA + FANS + Luck, Combining Tools to Find Biological Family
Saturday, May 16
Documents + DNA + FANS + Luck, Combining Tools to Find Biological Family  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Finding an adopted child's biological family is especially challenging for genealogists. This class will use a successful example to show how good methodology combined with document research and DNA matches (and a dose of luck) can put a decades-old question to rest.
 
About the Presenter: Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG®, began researching her Swedish and German ancestors more than forty years ago. She is president of Northland Chapter Association for Professional Genealogists, co-editor of Minnesota Genealogist journal, and serves as a director for the Minnesota Genealogical Society. Liz is also a member of the National Genealogical Society and several ethnic societies. She has received MGS’s North Star Award and the Aubrey Zube Jones Award for her writing. Liz researches professionally for clients from across the U.S. and overseas as Red Bird Genealogy Services.
 



Irish Catholic Church Records
Saturday, June 13
Irish Catholic Church Records  (Classes)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
For most family history researchers, parish registers provide the earliest direct source of family information. Unlike many other records, parish registers provide evidence of direct links between one generation and the next (via baptismal registers) and one family and another (via marriage registers). They are also, for the majority of Irish people who lived during the 18th and 19th centuries, the only record of their existence.

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) microfilmed registers from most Catholic parishes in Ireland and Northern Ireland during the 1950s and 1960s. Digital images from these microfilms are now freely available on their website.
 
Tom will be guiding us through this treasure trove of information. Don’t miss this one if your Irish ancestors were Catholic!
 
Presenter: Tom Rice, CG: Tom is a professional genealogy writer, lecturer, and researcher. He is a past officer and director of IGSI and past director of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He is managing editor of The Septs and is a genealogy desk volunteer at the Minnesota Historical Society library.
 


Beyond Ethnicity: Using DNA to Prove Genealogical Relationships
Saturday, June 20
Beyond Ethnicity: Using DNA to Prove Genealogical Relationships  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Go beyond ethnicity and use DNA to solve genealogical relationship problems. By itself, DNA rarely identifies a specific ancestor. Rather, it allows estimates of how far back a common ancestor might be. It's a matter of biology, statistics, and probability. Sometimes the actual relationship is closer than DNA predicts and sometimes farther back than predicted. After this class, you'll understand why and be better prepared to mix DNA and traditional evidence to solve relationship problems. This class is geared toward researchers who have already tested. Little, if any attention will be devoted to ethnicity estimates.
 
About the Presenter: J. H. (“Jay”) Fonkert, CG® researches Norwegian Morstads, Swedish Falks, German Rombkes, English Tidballs, Kentucky Fawkners, and Dutch Fonkerts from his home in Roseville, Minnesota. He has lectured in a dozen states, taught at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and published more than 75 research and teaching articles, including three in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. He is a partner in the Minnesota Genealogist editing team and is president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He has completed three DNA courses at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburg and studied at IGHR and SLIG.
 



Saturday, July 18
Can Facebook Find My Family? Social Media and Genealogy  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Using social media for genealogy is a newer trend. Learn how you can use social media to discover family, research techniques and connect with other genealogists.
 
About the Presenter: Jean Bielke-Rodenbiker is a librarian with the Hennepin County Library system who works with genealogy and teaches classes at the Minneapolis Central and Southdale libraries. She has been researching her family genealogy and helping patrons with theirs for over 19 years. Her special interests include German, Irish, Swedish and early American (and Quaker) genealogy research.
 


The Connemaras: Despair in the Heartland
Saturday, July 18
The Connemaras: Despair in the Heartland  (Classes)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
When 24 families left Connemara, near Galway, in 1880 to flee the ravages of famine, they knew little about their final destination in the upper Midwest. They arrived with gaunt faces and few items of clothing, hoping for a much-improved life. But controversy tormented them in Graceville, MN and their misery continued untl they settled in St. Paul. Theirs is an immigrant story that speaks of hardship, determination and hope. This fascinating story and Jane's experience finding the information is bound to help you with researching your Irish ancestors, no matter where in Ireland they hailed from.
 
Jane Kennedy, M.A., a proud Tike descendant, lives in St. Paul, MN. She obtained Irish citizenship in 2016 (dual citizenship) following two visits to her grandfather's homeland in the Belmullet Peninsula, Co. Mayo.
$15.00 IGSI members/$20.00 non-members


Celtic Connections Conference
Friday, July 31 through Saturday, August 1
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



Fire, Water, and the 1890 U.S. Census: Researching Beyond the Ashes and Mold
Saturday, August 15
Fire, Water, and the 1890 U.S. Census: Researching Beyond the Ashes and Mold  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Most genealogists are aware the 1890 federal census was destroyed by fire in 1921. Learn the sad story behind this historical and genealogical tragedy and how to work around the loss of that precious record.
 
About the Presenter: Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG®, began researching her Swedish and German ancestors more than forty years ago. She is president of Northland Chapter Association for Professional Genealogists, co-editor of Minnesota Genealogist journal, and serves as a director for the Minnesota Genealogical Society. Liz is also a member of the National Genealogical Society and several ethnic societies. She has received MGS’s North Star Award and the Aubrey Zube Jones Award for her writing. Liz researches professionally for clients from across the U.S. and overseas as Red Bird Genealogy Services.
 



FamilySearch: In-Depth
Saturday, September 12
FamilySearch: In-Depth  (Classes)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world – and it’s over 4+ billion records are available to you for free!  Now if you could only find ‘your’ people among those billions. But have no fear, Tom Rice will be here to help you navigate the FamilySearch website. You NEED to attend this class whether you are a beginner or experienced researcher. You are sure to find tips and techniques to help fill in the branches on your tree.

Presenter: Tom Rice, CG: Tom is a professional genealogy writer, lecturer, and researcher. He is a past officer and director of IGSI and past director of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He is managing editor of The Septs and is a genealogy desk volunteer at the Minnesota Historical Society library.
 


Death Records and Cemetery Research
Saturday, September 19
Death Records and Cemetery Research  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Death is a record rich event. These records provide a wealth of genealogical and family history information. Learn about all of the types of records that can be found associated with a death from church and civil records, mortuary records, cemetery records and others such as estate settlement and insurance claims. Learn where to find and harvest these.
 
About the Presenter: Tom Rice, CG®, is a professional genealogical researcher, lecturer, and writer. He is a past director of the Minnesota Genealogy Society, past officer and director of the Irish Genealogy Society International, managing editor of their journal, The Septs, and a Minnesota Historical Society genealogy help desk volunteer.
 



Tracing Your Irish Ancestors
Saturday, October 17
Tracing Your Irish Ancestors  (Classes)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Come Along with Tom and Mary on a Journey with John Grenham.
 
John Grenham’s “Tracing Your Irish Ancestors” is often called the ‘bible’ for anyone researching their Irish roots. Now in its 5th edition (published by Gill Books in April 2019, it is available through local bookstores and on Amazon).  Per Amazon, “The fifth edition of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors retains its familiar three-part structure, combining a detailed guide for beginners with thorough descriptions of all the useful sources and county-by-county reference lists. Additionally, all the changes that have been brought about by modern technology – internet records and DNA testing, which make researching your family background easier than ever – are explained in this indispensable guide.”
 
Mary Wickersham and Tom Rice will lead us through this amazing resource that “can be used by the absolute beginner, the keen amateur and even the more experienced genealogist” (The Irish Times).
 
Mary Wickersham is a longtime member of the Irish Genealogical Society International and the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and a past director for both societies.  She has over 12 years’ experience as a professional genealogist and lecturer.  Her background is in software and websites.

Tom Rice, CG is a professional genealogy writer, lecturer and researcher. He is a past officer and director of IGSI and past director of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He is managing editor of The Septs and is a genealogy desk volunteer at the Minnesota Historical Society library.
 



Finding Your Overseas Irish Ancestors: A Case Study
Saturday, November 14
Finding Your Overseas Irish Ancestors: A Case Study  (Classes)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Most of our ancestors came here from overseas, and often we don’t know their place of origin. This talk, featuring a Wisconsin Irishman, shows how to find his Irish place of origin using the American records he and his family left.

Presenter: Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., is a professional genealogist focusing on American and English research. Lois writes for several publications, including The Septs, and teaches about genealogical records and methods,  including DNA. In her spare time, she volunteers for several genealogical and lineage societies. She is a past president of the Northland Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a past officer and education chair of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.
 
 


Swedish Historical Maps and Online Map Collections
Saturday, November 21
Swedish Historical Maps and Online Map Collections  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
This is an introduction to the digitized historic map collections covering most farms and villages from the 1600s to the 1900s available at the Swedish National Archives and the Swedish Land Registry. We will also look at the millions of supporting property records and many other types of maps important for genealogical research.
 
About the Presenter: Bob Johnson is an attorney and holds a Certified Genealogist® credential. As a professional genealogist, he has specialized in Scandinavian, U.S., German, and forensic genealogical research for over forty years. He studied in Sweden and is active in many genealogical societies throughout the U.S. and Scandinavia. He currently is a Director on the Board of the Minnesota Genealogical Society and is the chair of the Society’s Education Committee. Before returning to Minnesota in 2018 he had lived in Washington, DC, primarily in the research rooms of the DAR, National Archives, and the Library of Congress.
 



Naturalization Records for Genealogists
Saturday, December 12
Naturalization Records for Genealogists  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Did your immigrant ancestor become an American citizen? Learn about clues to find these valuable records.
 
About the Presenter: Cathi Weber has been a genealogical researcher for more than 30 years. She has researched in more than 10 states, as well as at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Cathi has taught classes for the Anoka County Genealogical Society and is the 2010 winner of the MGS North Star Award.