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Genealogical Treasures in Irish Archives
Saturday, May 8
Genealogical Treasures in Irish Archives  (Webinars)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Hosted by IGSI
An enormous variety of Irish manuscripts tell the stories of our ancestors. Parish registers, census returns, Griffith's Valuation, and civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths provide a great beginning for Irish family history research. However, a careful search of record repositories in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom reveals many more Irish archives of great worth. These include collections of estate papers, tenement and townland valuations, valuation revision books, tithe applotments, poor law registers, vestry minutes, ordinance survey maps, deeds and memorials, National School registers, militia lists, electoral rolls, Petty Sessions court registers, Irish Reproductive Loan Fund records, outrage papers, and much more. 
 
Details and registration at the Irish Genealogical Society International


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
Finding where your ancestors came from is one thing. Figuring out why they settled where they did is another. Your ancestors might have traveled in a group, followed friends, or set out for a hot job location. This Geo-Geography class will give you ideas about how to use a variety of sources to better understand why your ancestors stopped and settled where they did.

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


Saturday, May 15
Brick Wall Research: How-to using member-submitted questions  (Webinars)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Due to concerns over COVID, this presentation will be ONLINE.*
Romanian Meeting-Virtual Presentation
 
Do you have a Romanian genealogy “brick wall”? Are you trying to locate your ancestral village of origin in order to further your research? At this meeting, we will reply to genealogy research questions submitted by members in advance. Questions must be submitted by May 10; email us at info@romaniangenealogy.com.
 
Not all questions may be selected for the meeting, but we will try to answer as many as possible. We will use this meeting time to review what the member has tried so far, demonstrate potential online search techniques, and offer recommendations for the next steps to consider in the research process. We will use GoToMeeting for this online event, which is open to all dues-paying members of RGS. 
 
This presentation is open to dues-paying RGS members only. Registration is not required. 
*Details for joining the online presentation can be found in the May edition of "Romanian Roots" Newsletter or at


Monday, May 17
DANISH PROBATE RECORDS WEBINAR  (Webinars)
7:00 pm
Danish Group Zoom Webinar
Learn about the Danish probate process and the types of records to better understand how best to use them. We will look at the sometimes-difficult issue of finding our ancestors in probate records, get tricks to read and understand the language,  and briefly look at guardianship records, an important related set of records.

 

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit our website at www.danishgenealogy.org

 

Zoom link: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84742813888?pwd=blo0b09VOEtqOHYyZTNkaVBveGZOZz09

 

Meeting ID: 847 4281 3888

Passcode: 281691



Adding Historical Context to Your Genealogy Research: A Hands-On Approach
Wednesday, June 2
Adding Historical Context to Your Genealogy Research: A Hands-On Approach  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
 
Audience Level – Intermediate to Advance
 
Presenter:  Kate Eakman
Description:  Adding historical context to our genealogical research makes it richer, more interesting, and helps to explain some of the changes in our families. But if you aren’t a historian how do you know when there is an opportunity for adding history to our research? And how do you find the answers? In this webinar, we will discuss how history and genealogy are really the same things. We will learn how to ask the questions that lead to historical discoveries, and finally, learn how to find the answers to our questions.
 
About the Presenter:  Kate Eakman holds an MA in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with additional graduate work in history and education. Before embarking on her career as a professional genealogist, Kate spent 20 years as a college history professor. Today she is a Senior Genealogist and the Historical Research Specialist for Salt Lake City-based Legacy Tree Genealogists.
 


Burren Girl - documentary film and discussion
Saturday, June 12
Burren Girl - documentary film and discussion  (Webinars)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Hosted by IGSI
FREE! 
 
Rita Davern is a Minnesota woman who searched for the place and people her grandmother left behind. The quest takes her to
the Burren: a beautiful, windswept region of County Clare, Ireland. There she finds a clan - and its medieval legacy - that were scattered and lost during some of the most difficult centuries in Irish history.  A few days prior to the live discussion with Rita, registrants will receive a link to watch Rita's film The Burren Girl. Viewers will follow Rita on her forty-year journey to find the place and people she comes from in County Clare.
 
Details and registration at the Irish Genealogical Society International


Level Two Genealogy Research Course
Sunday, June 13 through Sunday, July 25
Level Two Genealogy Research Course  (Workshop)
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
ONLINE WORKSHOP
Participants will build on their progress from Level One as they learn and practice more advanced research skills, methods, and sources.  They will study more advanced records and methods and learn how to evaluate sources.  Participants will complete assignments on their family genealogy and receive instructor feedback and research guidance. As a final assignment, they will investigate a research question and prepare a proof argument to answer the question.  
 
Prerequisite: Registrants must successfully complete Level One or demonstrate to the instructors they have the knowledge and skills learned in Level One by submitting a resume or work sample to the instructors at genealogytalks@gmail.com
 
Level Two 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
Four 2 ½ hour online class sessions
  • Sunday, June 13, 2021, 1 to 3:30 PM
  • Sunday, June 27, 2021, 1 to 3:30 PM
  • Sunday, July 11, 2021, 1 to 3:30 PM
  • Sunday, July 25, 2021, 1 to 3:30 PM
and
Three optional 1-hour intervening online coaching sessions
  • Sunday, June 20, 2021, 1 – 2 PM
  • Monday, July 5, 2021, 7 – 8 PM
  • Sunday, July 18, 2021, 1 – 2 PM
 
About the Presenters:
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, $175 IGSI members, $225 non-members
Maximum class size is 30 people.
 


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



The Unplanned Irish Immigration to Canada
Saturday, July 10
The Unplanned Irish Immigration to Canada  (Webinars)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Co-hosted by IGSI and the Canadian Interest Group of MGS
Using published and online primary sources, uncover the story of the migration of the Irish to Canada before and during The Great Famine. This webinar will review the different immigration schemes including the Peter Robinson settlers to Ontario, the Monaghan Settlers to Atlantic Canada, and assisted immigration to Quebec. Learn how to find records about their departure from Ireland and arrival into Canada, including quarantine stations at Partridge Island and Gross Ile.
 
Details and registration at the Irish Genealogical Society International


Monday, July 26
"HONORING THE STORIES BEHIND THE STUFF" WEBINAR  (Webinars)
6:30 pm
Danish Group Zoom Webinar
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. 

 

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit our website at www.danishgenealogy.org


Zoom Webinar: Register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lvbHvgN9Sr6CZbGsSXknbQ

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.




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