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.

Updated Library Catalog

We are pleased to announce that our updated Library Catalog is available for use!


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

Make plans now!

Tenth Annual North Star Genealogy Conference:
Family History Connections, sponsored by MGS
6-7 October 2017, Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center
For some early details see our Events page.
Proposals for breakout sessions are invited from individual speakers or multi-person presentation teams. Organizations are encouraged to sponsor sessions. Please submit your request for presentation proposals

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Minnesota Families is the name of our monthly newsletter. An expanded explanation is available on our Publications page. If you would like to sign up to receive a copy please click the button below.

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May 3
What Is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?
  Description: Social history is the history of ordinary people and how they lived their daily lives. It seeks to fill in the rich details of the past. Learn how social history can both improve your research skills and help you ...

May 4
Festival of Nations
RGS will be present at the Festival of Nations at the St. Paul RiverCentre May 04-07. Look for us at the Romanian booth.

May 6
Legacy Users Group Meeting
Bring your Legacy questions and view some more "After Party" videos.

May 7
DNA Interest Group Meeting
Kevin Kittilson: Case Study with Y-DNA

May 13
English-Welsh Interest Group Meeting
Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., will provide a demo of the new General Register Office (GRO) indexes. This will be our last meeting before the summer break. Meetings will resume Saturday September 23.  For updated meeting information, go to our website ...