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Thursday, April 25
Genealogy Quebec Demo  (Meetings)
7:00 pm
William J. Hoffman Library and Research Center
Jim Hirsch of the Canadian Interest Group will be demonstrating the latest online resource, Genealogy Quebec

Canadian Interest Group 50th Anniversary Potluck
Saturday, April 27
Canadian Interest Group 50th Anniversary Potluck  (Social Events)
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
The Canadian Interest Group will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a potluck dinner. ALL are welcome

Sunday, April 28
Discover Your Family in Norwegian Church Books and Farm Books  (Seminars)
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Church records and farm histories (bygdebøker) are some of the best sources available for doing Norwegian genealogy. In this seminar, we'll show you how to use these records and introduce you to the Norwegian vocabulary and translations that can help you decipher them. We'll also talk about cultural traditions reflected in the records—they contain more than just names and dates!

Land, Licenses, Love Gone Wrong, and Other Courthouse Records
Wednesday, May 1
Land, Licenses, Love Gone Wrong, and Other Courthouse Records  (Webinars)
Presenter: C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL
Local county courthouses are a very much underutilized resource; they are not as hard to maneuver in as most people think. We will explore this rich resource to discover the fabulous records contained within their walls and examine how the sources/records can aid in our search. Discussion to include:  Chancery & Civil Court, Coroner Reports, Intermediate Courts, Supreme Court, Brand Books, Docket, Minute, Order, and Bond Books, Estray, Dog, Boat, and Stud (horse) Books, Hawkers, Theatrical Exhibitions, Ordinary and Retailers Licenses, Naturalization Records, Probate & Estate Records, Land/Deeds, Jury Registers, Soldier & Sailor Discharges, Tax Records, Voter Registration Books, Vital Records, and more.
About the Presenter:
C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL, is an educator, consultant, and co-leader of Ann-Mar Genealogy Trips. Her specialties are methodology, research sources, computer resources, vital records and their sources, and conference planning. She is author of several articles for the NGS Magazine, and the co-author of the NGS Research in the States Series-Florida.

Saturday, May 4
Legacy Users Group Meeting  (Meetings)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Bring your Legacy Questions

Saturday, May 11
Yankee Genealogical Society Meeting  (Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center, Founders Room
Speaker: Shirleen Hoffman
Topic: “Are You Getting the Most from FamilySearch?”
Only 30% of the records at FamilySearch are indexed.  You are missing 70% if you don’t know how to find them.  This session will demonstrate strategies to take full advantage of these resources.  Learn how to filter results by collection, download search results, and use wild cards and other advanced features.

Genealogy Smart Start, Things I Wish I'd Known
Saturday, May 18
Genealogy Smart Start, Things I Wish I'd Known  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road
Have you wanted to research your family history, but you are not sure how to start right? Or maybe you have already begun working on your genealogy and would appreciate some pointers? In her presentation, “Genealogy Smart Start, Things I Wish I’d Known,” Elizabeth Williams Gomoll will show you how to avoid some of the mistakes she made as a beginning genealogist and some tricks of the trade she's learned along the way.
BIO: Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG®, began researching her Swedish and German ancestors more than forty years ago. She is president of the Association for Professional Genealogists Northland Chapter, co-editor of Minnesota Genealogist quarterly journal, and has published numerous genealogy articles. She is a director for the Minnesota Genealogical Society and a member of the National Genealogical Society, Association for Professional Genealogists, and several ethnic societies. Her book, With Love to All, was published by the Goodhue County Historical Society and is available at Amazon. Liz researches professionally for clients from across the U.S. and overseas as Red Bird Genealogy Services 

Saturday, May 18
Romanian Meeting  (Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
1385 Mendota Heights Rd, Suite 100
Research Basics & Beyond, Continued
Join us as we continue with our "Hands On" Research workshop. There will be a review of resources available in The William J. Hoffman Library and Research Center (LRC) at the Minnesota Genealogy Center. Following the review, time will be allowed to do active research.

We will highlight both Family Search and Find a Grave. Both are a no-fee program that may add clues to your research.
Please bring:
  • Name of family member researching- First, Last and spelling variations you've found.
  • Dates for birth, marriage or death.
  • Any copies of documentation, certificates or other evidence you have to aid in your search.
Meeting will continue with group discussion and light social gathering.
What family details do you have that will help us help you to make progress in your research?  
For more information, visit our website, or facebook page.

Saturday, June 1
Legacy Users Group Meeting  (Meetings)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100

Blogging for Family History
Wednesday, June 5
Blogging for Family History  (Webinars)
Presenter: Laura Hedgecock
Join the more than 3,300 genealogists already blogging their family history; it has never been easier to get started! The president of GeneaBloggersTRIBE discusses the most popular, free, and easy blogging platforms, as well as where to find writing prompts and inspiration. This presentation will cover:  A basic overview of how blogs work; how family historians can use a blog to share family stories, engage the extended family, compile research findings, and find new (to you) cousins eager to collaborate; blogging versus sharing on social media; practical reasons to blog; blogging versus other writing; and the sharing options offered by blogs from keeping stories in the immediate family to publicizing through social media.
About the Presenter:
Laura Hedgecock is a GeneaBlogger, author, storyteller, and speaker passionate about helping others tell their personal and family stories. She’s the author of Blogging for Family History and Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life. She’s a member of APG, Genealogical Speakers Guild and is the President of the 3,300+ member GeneaBloggers.

Saturday, July 6
Legacy Users Group Meeting  (Meetings)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
This meeting may be cancelled due to the close proximity to the holiday. Stay tuned.

Beginning Gedmatch
Wednesday, August 7
Beginning Gedmatch  (Webinars)
Presenter: Janice Lovelace, Ph.D.
Once you have your results, there are 3rd party companies that allow you to do more complex assessment of your information and matches. Janice Lovelace will focus on the entry level of Gedmatch.com, beginning with one-to-many and one-to-one matches then looking at shared matches between two kits.
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.

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.

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.