Minnesota Genealogical Society


Welcome to the Minnesota Genealogical Society, Minnesota's largest and most comprehensive family history research organization. Whether you have Minnesota connections or not, we invite you to join us in pursuit of your family history. 
We are a 100% Volunteer organization. Delays may occur when sending requests. For LibraryHours, please see our Library Page.

You Are Invited to Enter!

Ninth Annual Family History Writing Competition
Sponsored by the Yankee Genealogical Society and Minnesota Genealogical Society.
Entries are due on 30 June 2017.
You may review the Writing Competition Rules and the Writing Competition FAQs

2017 North Star Genealogy Conference

Set your compass to the Tenth Annual North Star Genealogy Conference, October 6-7, 2017. Meet at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota to enjoy featured speakers Paula Stuart-Warren and Cyndi Ingle, 20 topical breakout presentations, door prizes, exhibitors, the annual Awards Banquet and more!
Also, learn the value of adding DNA to your genealogy toolbox at the North Star DNA Day pre-conference on October 5th.
Find complete conference information on the North Star 2017 page. See you in October!

Seeking Awards Nominations

This is the annual plea for you to nominate that special person who has worked tirelessly towards some goal or project in the world of Genealogy. You can choose one of six categories that best fits the job your nominee performed. Descriptions are on our Recognition page as well. You may download the form, fill it out, and get it back to us NO LATER than 15 July 2017. Awards will be presented at the North Star Conference.

Cover Photo Contest

Your entry could win the prestigious honor of being placed on the cover of an upcoming Journal, The Minnesota Genealogist. All the details and requirements are stated on the entry form. Your entry MUST be in our hands by 1 Aug 2017!

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July 1
Legacy Users Interest Group
Yes, we are having a meeting on the Holiday weekend! We will try to answer your Legacy 9 questions and problems. Might even help you with a Find-A-Grave problem.

July 2
DNA Interest Group
This "event" is being placed just to confirm that we will not have a meeting on this Holiday Weekend!

July 16
RGS will be in Canton, Ohio
RGS will be in Canton, Ohio, presenting the Emmy Nominated Romanian Documentary, "A Thousand Dollars and Back: Recollections of Early Romanian Immigration to Minnesota". St George Byzantine Catholic Cathedral will be hosting the program.    This documentary tells the story ...

July 24
Danish Folk Costumes and Clothing
The National Danish American Genealogical Society invites you to learn about traditional Danish folk costumes and clothing. What did your Danish ancestors wear? How did they look for special occasions and everyday attire?  Join us in exploring traditional Danish folk ...

July 31
Genealogy of Ethnic Germans in Banat
RGS Special Guest Staša Cvetković​​ ​Experienced genealogist from Serbia, Mr. Staša Cvetković, will address some of the important topics related to research of ancestors who came from regions of present-day Romania and Serbia.This seminar discusses how to research ethnic ...