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Saturday, August 3
Yankee Meeting  (Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center, Founders Room
Sharing meeting: Genealogical Travel, Past, Present, Future
Have you had a great research trip, traveled to homes of ancestors, or are planning a trip? Share your travel story and a memento. 

Sunday, August 4
DNA Interest Group Meeting  (Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
MGC 1385 Mendota Heights
The discussion will be on GedMatch and its changes and uses.

Building a Research Plan
Wednesday, August 7
Building a Research Plan  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Presenter: Janice Lovelace, Ph.D.
Description: You must have a plan before you start researching. What is your research goal? What is your specific research question to answer? Careful planning can lead to greater success. Janice Lovelace, Ph.D. will give step-by-step instructions to demonstrate on how to build a research plan. No matter if you are just beginning your genealogy research or have years of experience, you will easily see the many benefits of doing a research plan in the techniques shown in this webinar.
About the Presenter:
Janice Lovelace, Ph.D. is a genealogical researcher, educator, author and lecturer, with over thirty years of experience. She is a frequent speaker at national genealogy conferences. A retired college faculty member, Dr. Lovelace authored the National Genealogical Society’s online continuing education course African American Roots: A Historical Perspective.

Potluck & Pedigree — Member Only Social Event
Saturday, August 10
Potluck & Pedigree — Member Only Social Event  (Social Events)
5:00 pm to 11:59 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100, Mendota Heights, MN
MGS is sponsoring a brand new, fun member event – Potlucks and Pedigrees! This is a combined social event and research time. Bring a dish to share. We’d especially love ethnic foods or an old family favorite. MGS will provide coffee, water, soft drinks, and paper products.
  • Check-in starts at 5:00 p.m.
  • Potluck at 5:30 – Mississippi Room
  • Library opens for research at 6:45 p.m.  Library closes at midnight. 
  • Mini-orientations start at 7:00 p.m. – Mississippi Room
  • Research and other fun things in the William J. Hoffman Library and Research Center.
Come at 5:00 and stay and research late into the night! Talk to fellow researchers, discuss your brick walls and ask for suggestions, and talk to library volunteers. Learn more about some of the lesser known databases at WJHLRC – Genealogie Quebec, American Ancestors, Find My Past, ArkivDigital and the library catalog. 
Did we mention Door prizes, contests, and fun??
This event is a special event for members only. Cost: Free Registration will open July 10th and there is a limited number of spaces available. Watch for a separate email with more information.

Sunday, August 18
Canadian Interest Group Meeting  (Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center, Mississippi Room
Indian Adoptees - Tracking Tribal Affiliation

Weaving the Research Quilt: Writing the Story of Your Ancestor
Wednesday, September 4
Weaving the Research Quilt: Writing the Story of Your Ancestor  (Webinars)
Presenter: Barbara Randall
Barbara Randall will demonstrate a technique that can be used to write a story of your ancestor or to identify research gaps, to intertwine all of your research to weave the story of your ancestor’s life. Your ancestors’ lives are not in the isolated, separate documents you’ve collected, but are in the whole of your research and of the times they lived in. Researching your ancestors, and their “FAN” (friends, associates, neighbors) network can create the patchwork to complete the quilt of your ancestor. Learn how to collect and use your information to piece the quilt together.
About the Presenter:
Barbara Randall is a lecturer, writer, co-chair of the Southern CA Genealogical Society (SCGS) Extension Series Webinars and speaker chair of the Genealogy Jamboree conference. Barbara is on the boards of the Southern CA Chapter-Association of Professional Genealogists, SCGS and BIFHS-USA. She is a DAR volunteer genealogist and chapter registrar.

Waterways to the Midwest
Wednesday, October 2
Waterways to the Midwest  (Webinars)
Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle
Before the advent of the railroads, travel by water was the easiest and fastest way to the newly-opened territories of the Midwestern United States. Learn about these trails and how our ancestors traveled them.
About the Presenter:
Annette Burke Lyttle speaks on genealogical topics at the local, state, and national 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, and she studies regularly at genealogical institutes and in study groups.

Thursday, October 3
North Star Pre-Conference  (Conferences)
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Find your family’s history and take your research to the next level!  Attend a morning pre-conference session with David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer of Family Search.  Register for this session using the North Star conference registration.  Visit the North Star 2019 page for more pre-conference information.

12th Annual North Star Genealogy Conference
Friday, October 4 through Saturday, October 5
12th Annual North Star Genealogy Conference  (Conferences)
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West Hotel in Plymouth, Minnesota
Energize your family history research at Minnesota’s premier genealogy event!   This conference offers plenary sessions by John Philip Colletta, one of America’s favorite genealogy storytellers, 20 breakout sessions featuring a wide variety of topics, vendors and exhibitors and much more. 

MGS will also celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special Celebration and Awards banquet Friday evening, October 4th at the conference.  Registration for all conference events opens June 15th.  For more information, visit the North Star 2019 page.

Using Homestead Records to Tell Your Ancestor’s Story
Wednesday, November 6
Using Homestead Records to Tell Your Ancestor’s Story  (Webinars)
Presenter: Michelle Roos Goodrum
Homestead files contain a goldmine of information, adding depth to your relatives’ stories. Learn to identify potential homesteaders, the clues their files contain, and how to access those files.
About the Presenter:
Michelle Roos Goodrum is a member of the teaching team for Boston University's Genealogical Research Certificate Program and Genealogy Principles courses. Involved in genealogy since 1994, she is the caretaker of 140 years of her family's papers. Michelle loves land records, genetic genealogy, photography, and attending genealogy institutes and conferences.

Pins and Needles: Adding Social Media to Your Genealogical Repertoire
Wednesday, December 4
Pins and Needles: Adding Social Media to Your Genealogical Repertoire  (Webinars)
Presenter: Tina Beaird
Many of us have used Facebook to find distant cousins and former high school friends. When it comes to genealogy, lots of social media sites are seeing the advantages of making searching for ancestors fun. Join Tina Beaird for a fun session on how to use sites like Pinterest, Flickr, LinkedIn, What Was There, and more to find, identify, and share ancestors.
About the Presenter:
Tina Beaird, owner of Tamarack Genealogy, lectures nationally on military research, genealogical methodology, Scottish records, and archival preservation. She is a governing board director of the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board. Tina volunteers for several local Illinois societies scanning and indexing historic records.