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Saturday, November 21, 2020
Romanian Holiday Customs, Traditions & Superstitions & Annual Membership Meeting
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Due to concerns over COVID, this presentation will be ONLINE,* and will follow our Annual Business Meeting.

This presentation is open to RGS members and the public. Registration is not required. 
*Details for joining the online presentation can be found at our Facebook Page


Swedish Historical Maps and Online Map Collections
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Swedish Historical Maps and Online Map Collections
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
 


Finding Your Overseas Irish Ancestors: A Case Study
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Finding Your Overseas Irish Ancestors: A Case Study
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
 


Road to Publication
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Road to Publication
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Description:
Nancy Lee Waters says:  “The road to publication is peppered with obstacles.” Congestion, pot holes, detours, bad directions, forks in the road are a few blocks to publishing your family history. Similar to planning a road trip, planning to publish starts with a map. Don’t let your research scatter to the four winds – publish! Follow the eight steps to success – Step 1: Identify focus group or family; Step 2: Finalize research; Step 3: Write; Step 4: Proof, edit, rewrite; Step 5: Determine method of publication; Step 6: Publish; Step 7: Market; and Step 8: Celebrate.

About the Presenter:
Nancy is a researcher, lecturer, college instructor, publisher, award-winning author, certified Microsoft professional, and conducts genealogical lectures on the local, state, and national level. Nancy is the past Managing Editor for the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal, and is an instructor at Howard Community College, Columbia, Maryland, teaching Microsoft Office applications, and is the registrar for her DAR chapter.
 



Tracing Your Irish Ancestors
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Tracing Your Irish Ancestors
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


10 Things a Genealogist Should Do Before Leaving a Library or Archives
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
10 Things a Genealogist Should Do Before Leaving a Library or Archives
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.
 



Saturday, September 19, 2020
Uncover What's Been Hidden
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Due to concerns over COVID, this presentation will be ONLINE
Please join us as Lauri presents on her activities at Oak Hill Cemetery in South St. Paul, MN.
 
She will discuss processes that worked to coordinate community efforts, various cleaning and cataloging techniques, and how her findings in the veterans' sections might help the RGS inspire more from our families and communities.  By reigniting the nostalgia and passion of upcoming generations, we can work together to uncover the hidden stories from our relatives long since passed.
 
Presenter:
Lauri Flatley is a 20 year resident of South St Paul, Minnesota, home of the Oak Hill Cemetery.  Starting in 2013, she started a tradition with her four children and several young friends to tend graves of military veterans each Memorial Day morning.  Over time, the project grew to include additional visits for additional times each summer to encourage local students and families to learn more about resident heroes who were interred in their own home town.  Beginning in the summer of 2019, Lauri grew her efforts by hosting weekly cemetery cleaning in the neglected Veterans section for anyone who was willing or able to join her.  In addition to pulling back overgrown grasses and weeds, each stone was photographed and posted to local Facebook groups to gather information and stories of the men and women buried there.

This presentation is open to RGS members and the public. Registration is not required.

Details for joining the online presentation can be found on our Facebook Page


How to Get Ready to Search Irish Records
Saturday, September 19, 2020
How to Get Ready to Search Irish Records
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
 
This presentation details what researchers must do before they can expect to have success in Irish records. It can not 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.
 
About the 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.
 
This class is intended for the general and intermediate level researchers. 

$15 for IGSI members/$20 for non-members.  Members may obtain the Discount code from Kathleen Foley, IGSI Education Chair at Education@IrishGenealogical.org
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Death Records and Cemetery Research
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Death Records and Cemetery Research
10:00 am to 11:30 am
This class will be held online
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.
$15 for MGS members / $20 for non-members
 


Sunday, September 13, 2020 through Sunday, November 8, 2020
"Levels” Genealogy Research Courses
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
 


FamilySearch: In-Depth
Saturday, September 12, 2020
FamilySearch: In-Depth
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
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.
 
$15 for IGSI members/$20 for non-members. Members may obtain the Discount code from Kathleen Foley, IGSI Education Chair at Education@IrishGenealogical.org
 
 


Keeping Up With the Jones Girls: Discovering a Relationship Using Indirect Evidence
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Keeping Up With the Jones Girls: Discovering a Relationship Using Indirect Evidence
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Description:
This presentation by Pauline Merrick is a case study which connects a woman with her parents in 19th century Connecticut. Her maiden name is known, as it is on her gravestone, but unfortunately that name is “Jones.” No document names her parents. By investigating potential parental couples, studying their known children, and identifying those children’s transactions with our target person, we will weave her back into her family. The techniques that were used are applicable to similar problems, regardless of location.

About the Presenter:
Pauline C. Merrick has been involved in genealogy for most of her life, attending family reunions from a young age. Recently retired after over 30 years in the manufacturing sector, she now has the freedom to pursue her true calling - finding those elusive ancestors. This presentation is based on the case study submitted with her Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) portfolio.
 



Fire, Water, and the 1890 U.S. Census: Researching Beyond the Ashes and Mold
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Fire, Water, and the 1890 U.S. Census: Researching Beyond the Ashes and Mold
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.
 


How’d You Find That?!? Tips for Locating Obscure or Hidden Records
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
How’d You Find That?!? Tips for Locating Obscure or Hidden Records
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Obscure and hidden records are “out there” that can solve tough problems. How do you find them? Hear tips and methods for finding these records from Cari Taplin, CG. She will discuss the possible records that can be found in manuscript and archive collections including how to search a variety of online catalogs to find what you need.
 
About the Presenter: Cari A. Taplin, CG is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least the family stories said so. As a result, she has been working on finding her true heritage since the year 2000. She is a regional and national speaker. Cari is a native of Wood County, Ohio, now living near Austin, Texas
 



Virtual Celtic Connections Conference program
Friday, July 31, 2020 through Monday, August 31, 2020
Virtual Celtic Connections Conference program
The Irish Genealogical Society Intl (IGSI) and The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) proudly announce the virtual Celtic Connections Conference program, available beginning July 31!
 
While the COVID-19 pandemic caused us to take a detour on our “Journey Home,” a new trail is even better. Learn from 11 outstanding speakers, 25 pre-recorded presentations and live chats with the presenters.
Consider these advantages:
  • On-demand presentations – No difficult decisions about which lecture to attend! All 25 pre-recorded presentations are available for you to view whenever you choose
  • Conference extended from July 31-August 31 – Plenty of time to listen to any and all talks of interest to you (as long as you do so before August 31)
  • Live chat sessions with the presenters – Opportunities for you to ask questions and interact with our speakers and other attendees
  • Safe, convenient and less expensive – No risky and costly travel, no reservations, no trip delays
  • Renowned genealogists cover a variety of topics – We’re excited to add DNA expert Maurice Gleeson to our slate of presenters! See the complete program listing at our website (http://celtic-connections.org/ccc_program.html)
  • Online syllabus – Electronic version of the conference syllabus
Get all this for only $99Registration is now open.


Saturday, July 18, 2020
Routes to Roots: Travel and Research in Romania
3:00 pm
Online Class
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this seminar will be rescheduled for a date to be determined in 2021.
 

Our seminar for July 18-19
Routes to Roots: Travel and Research in Romania (Seminar)
 
Watch for updates on our facebook page.


Can Facebook Find My Family? Social Media and Genealogy
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Can Facebook Find My Family? Social Media and Genealogy
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
Thursday, June 25, 2020
The Connemaras: Despair in the Heartland
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
This is now a Webinar
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 Free!


Beyond Ethnicity: Using DNA to Prove Genealogical Relationships
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Beyond Ethnicity: Using DNA to Prove Genealogical Relationships
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online Class
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.
 


Irish Church Records
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Irish Church Records
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
In the interests of health and safety, Tom's June 13th in-person class at the Minnesota Genealogy Center has been rescheduled as a WEBINAR.  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 also are, for most Irish people who lived during the 18th and 19th centuries, the only record of their existence.   
 
About the presenter: Tom Rice, CG, is Principal of Heritage Hunters. 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.
 
Cost: $15 for IGSI members/$20 non-members.
 


From a Box in the Closet to a Treasured Family Heirloom: Organizing and Digitizing your Family Photo
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
From a Box in the Closet to a Treasured Family Heirloom: Organizing and Digitizing your Family Photo
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
After a brief history of photography, Sara Cochran will discuss organizing techniques, digitization basics, and ideas on what to do with your photos so that your family can enjoy them for generations to come.
 
About the Presenter: Sara Cochran, The Skeleton Whisperer, uses her 25 years of experience to assist clients in their genealogical research and preserve their photographic legacy. Her research has taken her across the U.S. and into Ireland. She completed the ProGen Study Group and is a Boston University Genealogical Research certificate holder.
 



Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Work Your Way to Ireland Using American Records First
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
by Sheila Benedict
To be successful in locating your Irish ancestors' place of origin, you MUST gather every record available in the USA, including those that are hidden in a box under the bed!  Sheila will take us through naturalizations, passenger lists, vital records - here and there, legal records, newspapers - Irish and American, while using both successful and unsuccessful searches.   Sheila Benedict is Principal of Benedict Research Services in Solvang, CA.  A forensic and family history genealogical researcher, Sheila is a frequent speaker and author on forensic genealogy, Catholic records, the California Mission System, Irish research and methodology. She leads the Irish research table at the Southern California Genealogical Society's annual Jamboree.
Cost: $15 for IGSI members/$20 non-members.
 


Documents + DNA + FANS + Luck, Combining Tools to Find Biological Family
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Documents + DNA + FANS + Luck, Combining Tools to Find Biological Family
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.
 


Acadia
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Acadia
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
​Mark Labine will give a brief history of Acadia’s beginnings and its existence from 1604–1755. He will discuss its demise during the French and Indian War, the Acadian deportation of 1755 and trace his Labine family migration from Acadia in 1755 to Minnesota in 1878.
 
About the Presenter:  Mark Labine was born and raised in Argyle, Minnesota, on the farm homesteaded by his French-Canadian great-grandfather Alfred Labine. His family name Labine originated in Acadia as a nickname of Pierre Guidry (1697–1767). Mark is the author of several genealogy and history books.
 


Planning a Research Trip to Ireland
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Planning a Research Trip to Ireland
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this class has now been cancelled
 
 


10 Steps to Organizing for the Busy Genealogist
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
10 Steps to Organizing for the Busy Genealogist
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
As a genealogist – who hasn’t felt overwhelmed with volumes of paper, a steady flood of daily emails, and projects that have been started but never finished? Cynthia Patton’s presentation will tackle dealing with these issues. You will learn how to set up daily routines that ensure you make the most of the time in your day. You will discover ways to set up filing systems that work across platforms both digital and conventional. A step-by-step approach to *Get Organized* as well as a “Tool Kit” of good ideas to implement in your life will be given.
 
About the Presenter: Cynthia K. Patton is a retired Army officer with a BS in Journalism and an MS in Political Science, both from the University of Southern Mississippi. She works part-time as a Professional Genealogist. Cynthia is a graduate of Boston University (BU) Certificate Program, member of Association of Professional Genealogists and the APG-Heartland Chapter, National Genealogical Society, and numerous local historical and genealogical societies.
 



Level Two Genealogy Research Course
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Level Two Genealogy Research Course
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:  Describe your genealogical education and experience.

Work sample: Prepare a 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.
 
THIS CLASS IS FULL. IT HAS BEEN MOVED TO AN ONLINE CLASS.
 


MGS Spring Conference: Pilgrims to Patriots
Saturday, April 18, 2020
MGS Spring Conference: Pilgrims to Patriots
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
The Spring Conference has been
 
CANCELLED
 
 
 


Researching HBC and Western Metis Ancestors
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Researching HBC and Western Metis Ancestors
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Scotland has had a long history with the Hudson's Bay Company. Beginning in about 1702, men from Orkney began being recruited by the Hudson's Bay Company to work in their settlement at York Factory. Many of these men had families with the Cree women. In addition, the Montreal-based rival fur trading company, The North West Company, founded by Scotsmen, often “wintered” in York Factory and also coupled with the Cree women. This coupling of European men with Cree women created the Metis Nation in Canada. In this presentation we will look at available records for the men who worked for the HBC as well as for Western Metis (those from the Red River area) ancestral research.

About the Presenter: Christine Woodcock is a genealogy educator who enjoys sharing knowledge and opportunities with others to assist them in their quest to find their Scottish ancestors or to preserve their family legacy. Christine enjoys helping others to preserve and share their family photos, documents and videos in ways that are tangible and easily shareable.
 


The Professor Was a Revolutionary: A Case Study Focusing on Thorough Analysis and Correlation
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
The Professor Was a Revolutionary: A Case Study Focusing on Thorough Analysis and Correlation
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
In this presentation, Kate Eakman will discuss the importance of the Genealogical Proof Standard's “thorough analysis and correlation” of the information we collect. Using the case study of Professor Craven, we learn how paying close attention to a single word on one document eventually uncovered the revolutionary past of Professor Craven, revealed his true identity, and solved the mystery of his death.
 
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. Kate spent 20 years as a college history professor and today she is a Senior Researcher and Team Lead for Legacy Tree Genealogists.
 



Third Annual Minnesota Genealogy Center Open House
Saturday, March 28, 2020 through Sunday, March 29, 2020
Third Annual Minnesota Genealogy Center Open House
Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100, Mendota Heights, MN
The Open House has been
 
CANCELLED
 
 


Military Records and Fold3
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Military Records and Fold3
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Webinare
This Class will now be Webinar instead!
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. 
 
This class will be held as a webinar. Register at the link below and the logon information will be sent before the date of the class.
 
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.
 


Following the Irish Trail to Canada & Beyond
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Following the Irish Trail to Canada & Beyond
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Being the 4th largest ethnic group in Canada according to census records, the Irish Canadians have been coming to this country since the 1500s. Follow the migration trails the Irish took from Ireland to Canada and learn where they settled, becoming part of the fabric of a nation and what information is available on these hardy folk. A timeline of historical migration will be discussed along with available records that created a permanent stamp on their Irish existence in Canada.

About the Presenter:  Professional genealogist Tammy Priolo, BASC, PLCGS 25+ years is the owner of The Ancestor Investigator. She consults, researches, writes, lectures and gives workshops nationally and internationally since 1997. Tammy is a member of APG, GSG, Ontario Genealogical Society and Advisory Board Ancestry.ca.
 


Pommern Regional Group Meeting
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Pommern Regional Group Meeting
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
We start gathering about 1:00pm


Saturday, March 7, 2020
Polish Genealogy: America & Poland
10:00 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100

Join PGS-MN’s own Genealogist, Bob Kraska, as he talks about researching your Polish family, in both the US and Poland. He’ll provide tips and tricks for all levels of family history researchers. 

Bob has assisted countless PGS-MN members in finding their ancestors. He’ll share resources he has used, both those available in the library as well as online.

Light Snacks and Coffee provided

Cost: $2 for members / $5 for non-members

 


Legacy Users Group
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Legacy Users Group
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Bring your Legacy Questions to discuss.


Copyright Mythconceptions
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Copyright Mythconceptions
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Copyright is extremely important for everyone in the genealogy world! 
 
What we don't know about copyright law can hurt us – right in the pocketbook! Here's a guide to the most common mistakes and misunderstandings about copyright and what we can and can't do with materials created by others in our family research.
 
About the Presenter: The Legal Genealogist - Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from copyright and using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer, and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and numerous other genealogical organizations. Her award-winning blog is at https://www.legalgenealogist.com
 


Sunday, March 1, 2020
DNA Interest Group Meeting
1:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
The program will be a presentation of the News from RootsTech by Lois Mackin.



Naturalization: The Process, The Law and The Records
Monday, February 24, 2020
Naturalization: The Process, The Law and The Records
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.


Level One Genealogy Research Course
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Level One Genealogy Research Course
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.
 


Saturday, February 15, 2020
Tracking Migrating Ancestors: Germans to the US from Romania
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.  


Brickwall Workshop: Techniques to Break Through the Toughest Brick walls
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Brickwall Workshop: Techniques to Break Through the Toughest Brick walls
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.
 


Tracing Your Ancestor: Scandinavia to Canada
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Tracing Your Ancestor: Scandinavia to Canada
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Hear about the most useful Canadian records and sources, including organizations and archives, for tracing your Scandinavian families and their descendants; and learn about the major waves of Scandinavian immigration and migration within Canada which shaped their lives.
 
About the Presenter: Diane Rogers is happily teaching and researching genealogy all week long and tackling any family history mysteries. She loves cemeteries, old newspapers, and photographs, and has authored guides and articles on Canadian and BC genealogy and related topics, including postcards. She volunteers for the BC Genealogical Society (BCGS), the Guild of One-Name Studies, and the Virtual Genealogical Association, and is President of the Vancouver Postcard Club and a Director of the BCGS. Diane has been researching BC local and women’s history since 1958 and her own family history seriously for over 20 years – in Canada, the UK, Ireland, the United States, Sweden, Macau and now Ukraine. Diane is a member of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors; and has registered studies with the Guild of One-Name Studies and the Society for One-Place Studies.
 
This is a Canadian Interest Group meeting. MGS membership is required.
 


Pommern Regional Group Meeting
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Pommern Regional Group Meeting
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
PLEASE NOTE THE ADJUSTED DATE!
Because of a Joint meeting planned for the Mississippi Room on Feb 1st, PRG has decided to hold their meeting on the 8th.
 
The February meeting is traditionally our Heart of Pomerania meeting.
 
Janet Mitchell will be presenting "Heart of Pommern:  Lesser Known Scenes From & Facts About Pomerania.".
 
We will also do a quick demo of our brand new website
 
There also will be time for members to show and/or tell anything about their Pommern ancestor(s) or about your research to find out more about these people and/or their village.


Skeletons in the Family Closet: Dealing with the Unexpected
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Skeletons in the Family Closet: Dealing with the Unexpected
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.
 


Sunday, February 2, 2020
DNA Interest Group Meeting
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.


Saturday, February 1, 2020
All Kinds of Loyalists
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Join the Yankee Genealogical Society and the Candian Interest Group for their first-ever co-hosted meeting.
 
Kathryn Lake Hogan, United Empire Loyalist, will present "All Kinds of Loyalists," (In the aftermath of the American Revolution, many of those who remained loyal to the British Crown fled to Canada) with handouts and Q&A, 12:45 - 3:00 pm at the MGC in Mendota Heights (click for directions).


Saturday, February 1, 2020
Legacy Users Group
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Bring your Legacy Questions to discuss.



Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Breaking Down Irish Stone Walls with Michael, Kathy, Ann, Tom, Pat and Mary!
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, January 18, 2020
Tour of the LDS Family History Library
10:00 am
2801 Douglas Drive North, Crystal, MN 55422
The National Danish-American Genealogical Society invites you to join us in touring the Family History Library to discover resources that are: only available in person, subscription services for free use, and to get genealogical assistance from a librarian. Due to the small size of the Library, please RVSP to Heather Mullen at tillygen@yahoo.com if you plan to attend. For more information on our group, please visit our website at http://www.danishgenealogy.org