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. 

Spring 2015 Genealogy Conference

Normandale Community College, Bloomington
with featured speaker
Craig R. Scott, CGSM, FUGA
Following a twenty year career in the U.S. Navy and a short stint as a Washington, D.C. consultant, Craig started his professional genealogical career as a researcher in the Washington, D.C. area.  He began lecturing at national conferences in 1990.  He is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., the leading genealogical publishing firm with more than 5,100 titles in print.  He has taught at the Salt Lake Genealogical Institute (SLIG), the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP).  He continues to spend many weeks and weekends on the road lecturing and speaking across the county.
Event Highlights
Friday –
  • Plenary session by Craig R. Scott, CGSM, FUGA
  • Dessert Reception
Saturday –
  • 3 plenary sessions by Craig R. Scott, CGSM, FUGA
  • 8 more breakout sessions
  • Vendor Exhibit Hall, Door Prizes


Annual Writing Competition

Need an incentive to begin writing family history?
Enter the Seventh Annual
Minnesota Genealogical Society
Family History Writing Competition!
Entries are due June 28, 2015
See Contest Rules and Entry Form [.doc format] for complete instructions.
Entry Form in PDF format for Chrome users.

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April 18
MHS Topics on Family History: Inheritance, Estate Settlements, and Wills--Who Got What, and Why?
Instructor: Tom Rice, CG   The records created around inheritance and the settlement of an estate can be a treasure trove of information for the family historian. The laws of inheritance are unique to each time and place. It is important ...
April 19
Publishing Your Family Story
So now that you are hooked on genealogy and have a mountain (rooms?) full of “stuff”, what is your plan to do “something” with all of it? Come to this class and learn how to organize, write, publish your family’s ...
April 24
MGS spring conference
The 2015 MGS spring conference features Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA. Craig is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than twenty-nine years, he specializes in the records of the National ...
May 6
Researching Your Swedish Ancestry in the 21st Century
Instructor: Ginny Sharp Sommarstrom   Researching your Swedish-American ancestors has become much easier in the last ten years, thanks to the availability of numerous Swedish and American resources in digital format, all accessible from the comforts of your home. This ...
May 9
MHS Topics on Family History: Researching Urban Ancestors
Instructor: J.H. Fonkert, CG   Genealogists face unique challenges when researching urban ancestors. Working class families were less likely to own land than their rural counterparts, and often moved frequently. Focusing on resources at the Minnesota History Center, this class ...