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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. 
 

 

Special Pre-Conference DNA Lecture

MGS and the DNA Interest Group are pleased to announce that Judy G. Russell will present a special pre-conference lecture DNA Goes Genderless on Thursday October 2 at Normandale Community College. Details are on the Events page.

Register on Site for North Star!

October 3-4, 2014, at Colonial Church, Edina, Minnesota
The 7th Annual North Star Conference theme is "New Frontiers in Genealogy."
 
Featured speaker: Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL
 
photo of Judy RussellIt's true--the Legal Genealogist is coming to Minnesota to teach about DNA, genealogy and the law, and methodology. Check out Judy's award-winning blog at www.legalgenealogist.com.
 
North Star 2014 is two full days of educational sessions.
Judy G. Russell will present four lectures:
Facts, Photos, and Fair Use
Don't Forget the Ladies
Blackstone to Statutes at Large
Where There Is or Isn't a Will
 
In addition, there will be breakout sessions presented by Upper Midwest genealogy educators, an exhibit hall featuring genealogical societies and vendors, and door prizes.
 
Go to the Events page for more details. Tip: select Conferences in the dropdown menu at the top of the page to go directly to the conference.
 
Advance registration closed Sunday September 28, but you will still be able to register on site at Colonial Church on Friday October 3 and Saturday October 4. A limited number of lunches will be available for walk-in registrants, but if you did not register in advance, we cannot guarantee that lunch will be available for you.
 


Thank You for Your MGS Award Nominations

Thank you to those who submitted nominations for the 2014 MGS service and achievement awards!  Award recipients will be announced at the North Star Conference this weekend.


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October 1
Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking
Instructor: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA   If we didn’t have the railroads many of our ancestors might not have migrated across this country. Great grandpa would have been jobless. Aunt Susannah would not have visited the nieces and nephews. ...
October 2
DNA Goes Genderless
Presenter: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL   MGS and the DNA Interest Group are pleased to announce that Judy Russell will deliver a special pre-conference lecture, DNA Goes Genderless.    Here's the description of Judy's talk: Until 2010, genealogists ...
October 3
2014 North Star Genealogy Conference
Featured speaker: Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL   The Legal Genealogist is coming to Minnesota to teach about DNA, genealogy and the law, and methodology!   North Star 2014 is two full days of educational sessions. Judy G. Russell ...
October 11
MHS Topics on Family History--Learning about Localities: How to Research New States and Counties
Instructor: Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D.   Every genealogist encounters the need to research unfamiliar places sooner or later. Here’s how to get up to speed quickly in new locations so that you can find the state, county, and town sources ...
November 1
Hennepin County Library Family History Fair
Save the Date for the 2014 Family History Fair at Minneapolis Central Library! This year's theme is Finding Ancestors in All the Right Places. Join us for a keynote presentation and nine breakout sessions. Area repositories and genealogy and ...