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Sunday, September 13 through Sunday, November 8
"Levels” Genealogy Research Courses  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
ONLINE
Level Three completes the Levels Courses. 
 
There are four online class sessions.
  • Sunday, September 13, 2020, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
  • Sunday, September 27, 2020, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
  • Sunday, October 18, 2020, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
  • Sunday, November 8, 2020, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
AND three optional intervening online coaching sessions
  • Sunday, September 20, 2020, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Sunday, October 4, 2020, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Sunday, October 25, 2020, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Description:  
It is a 4-session course designed to build on progress from Level Two.  It includes three one-hour optional coaching sessions to assist students as they progress through the course. Students will learn how to develop a research project; how to take their project idea to an actionable research plan; how to systematically capture their findings; and finally how to write their story.
 
Registrants must successfully complete Level Two or demonstrate to the instructors they have the knowledge and skills learned in Level Two by submitting a resume or work sample to Shirleen Hoffman at genealogytalks@gmail.com.  
 
About the Presenters: 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.
 
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.
 
$175 MGS members, $200 non-members. Maximum class size is 10 people
 



10 Things a Genealogist Should Do Before Leaving a Library or Archives
Wednesday, October 7
10 Things a Genealogist Should Do Before Leaving a Library or Archives  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Description:
Have you ever gotten home from a genealogy research trip and said to yourself “I forgot to do that!” Learn the 10 things genealogists should do before they leave a library and archives to make the research trip a success!

About the Presenter:
Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager for the Houston County, Tennessee, Archives. She also lectures, teaches, and writes about researching in archives and records preservation. She writes her own blog and has written articles for several publications. She is affectionately known as The Archive Lady. Melissa is a Professional Genealogist that works with clients researching their Tennessee ancestors.  She is a member of the Society of American Archivist, Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society, and the Society of Tennessee Archivists.
 


Tracing Your Irish Ancestors
Saturday, October 17
Tracing Your Irish Ancestors  (Webinars)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
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.
 
$15 for IGSI members/$20 for non-members.  Members may obtain the Discount code from Kathleen Foley, IGSI Education Chair at Education@IrishGenealogical.org



Finding Your Overseas Irish Ancestors: A Case Study
Saturday, November 14
Finding Your Overseas Irish Ancestors: A Case Study  (Webinars)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
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.
 
$15 for IGSI members/$20 for non-members.  Members may obtain the Discount code from Kathleen Foley, IGSI Education Chair at Education@IrishGenealogical.org
 


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
This class will be held online
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.
$15 for MGS members / $20 for non-members
 



Naturalization Records for Genealogists
Saturday, December 12
Naturalization Records for Genealogists  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
This class will be held online
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.
$15 for MGS members / $20 for non-members