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.

MGS Family History Writing Competition

You are invited to enter the eighth annual Writing Competition. The winning entry will be awarded the Michael Clark Family History Writing Award: a $100 cash prize and publication in the Minnesota Genealogist. See the rules for complete information. Entry deadline is July 15.


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June 1
Working with Probate Records
  Description: Probate records are a great way to trace property, reconstruct families, and link generations. Learn about the principal kinds of probate records, the information you can find in them, where to locate them, and how to work with ...

June 4
Central Minnesota Family Ties Conference
Keynote Speaker is Elaine Hasleton, Family Search Deputy Chief Genealogy Officer from Salt Lake. For more details and a tear-off registration please see their brochure. Or, you may visit the Douglas County Historical Society's website.

August 3
The Third Coast: How the Great Lakes Shaped America
  Description: This session will examine the rich history of the Great Lakes region, particularly its role in U.S. expansion through transportation, economic growth and defense. We will look at the geography of the Great Lakes and regional influences such ...

August 5
Celtic Roots Across America
You can find more information on their dedicated website: www.celtic-connections.org

September 7
7 Ways to Use the Cloud for Your Genealogy Research
  Description: This presentation will include explanations of what the cloud can do for you and ways to protect your privacy.  I will share the 7 ways that you can use the cloud to make your personal research more effective ...