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Mendota Heights, MN  55120-1367
(651) 330-9312
Minnesota Genealogical Society


Welcome to the Minnesota Genealogical Society!  MGS invites you to join us in pursuing your family history whether in our classes, webinars, or in research at our William J Hoffman Library and Research Center. 
The Society, Library, and meeting rooms all reside in our new home known as the Minnesota Genealogy Center!
MGS is an all-volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  Please browse our website for volunteer opportunities, meetings, membership, and hours we are open.  We look forward to having you visit us at the address above.
For information about MGS research assistance, go to the "Research Services" page or send an email to research@mngs.org.
Researchers can find our hours of service on our Library Page

New Tote Bag Now Available

A newly designed Tote Bag just landed on our Store Page

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Plan to attend the 2019 version of Minnesota's premier genealogy event on October 4-5. Register NOW for the North Star Genealogy Conference at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West Hotel in Plymouth, Minnesota. For more information, visit the North Star 2019 page.

Minnesota Genealogist Cover Photo Contest

The editors of Minnesota Genealogist invite you to enter its 2019 Family History Photo Contest. Eligible photo subjects include:
  • Photos of ancestors or family members taken before 1950, and
  • Photos of ancestral homes your ancestors lived in before 1920.
Entries will be displayed at the 4-5 October North Star Genealogy Conference, where conference attendees will vote for their favorite photo. Although entries are invited in either the family photo or ancestral home categories, a single overall winning photo will appear on the cover of Minnesota Genealogist in 2019.​

Seeking Board Nominations

In October 2019, the MGS membership will vote for new members to serve on the MGS Board of Directors whose terms will then begin on January 1, 2020.
We Need You: If you are enthusiastic about Genealogy and Family History and want to get involved in helping the MGS continue to prosper and grow, then the MGS is looking for you!
The MGS needs individuals who are team players, love a challenge and who want to help a great organization become even better. We are asking you to consider running for the MGS Board of Directors or nominate someone you believe would be a good board member and leader.
The next several years are going to be exciting as MGS continues to have a positive impact by offering genealogy education, research opportunities, events, and support. The Board of Directors plays a central role in the important work of helping the MGS prepare for, and embrace, the future.
This is your opportunity to help guide MGS to its full potential.
For more information about the MGS Board of Directors and its duties, or to nominate yourself or someone else, please visit this link or contact the MGS Nominations Committee at nominate@mngs.org. Thank you!

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August 18
Canadian Interest Group Meeting
Indian Adoptees - Tracking Tribal Affiliation

September 4
Weaving the Research Quilt: Writing the Story of Your Ancestor
Presenter: Barbara Randall Description: 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. ...

September 7
Legacy Users Group Meeting
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September 7
Southern Poland DVD Video & Overview
Join John Rys as he introduces us to the former Austrian partition of Poland, Galicia. He will provide an overview to the important “Geographic Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and Other Slavonic Countries” [Słownik Geograficzny Królestowa Polskiego 1880-1902]. Finally, ...

September 21
I Have My DNA Results, Now What?
Class Description: Your DNA results finally arrived, but your ethnicity isn't what you expected? On top of that, you have hundreds of cousin matches, but you have no idea who they are or how you are related. This introductory ...