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Early Birds Get the North Star Discount

This year’s North Star Family History Conference, 3-4 October at Colonial Church in Edina, promises to be the best yet.  Genealogy rock star Judy Russell headlines two days of fun and educational presentations. Oh, yes, there will also be great vendors and door prizes.  Want to save a few bucks?  Get to the MGS website now and register before the early-bird discount expires September 7.  You’ll save $20 on a full two-day registration.

Judy Russell’s plenary session talks will deal with law and genealogy.  But, Judy is also a leading expert of the use of DNA in genealogy research.  Make plans to attend Judy’s special Thursday evening DNA lecture 7 p.m. on October 2 at Normandale Community College in Bloomington. This separately priced event is bargain-priced at $15.

For complete information on the conference, visit the events page of the MGS website at http://mngs.org/eventListings.php?nm=38.

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Conference Coming!

Summer is fading, the North Star is rising.  Yes, the North Star Family History Conference returns October 3 and 4 at Colonial Church in Edina.

Registration is already open for this year’s conference, featuring “The Legal Genealogist,” Judy G. Russell.  Judy is the brightest star in the genealogical sky.  A former practicing attorney and law school instructor, she brings a unique perspective to family history. Judy’s four plenary presentations will apply her legal knowledge to everyday genealogy problems:

  • Facts, Photos, and Fair Use – learn what you can and can not use
  • “Don’t Forget the Ladies”– A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law — find the identity of those elusive female ancestors by knowing how they were treated under the law
  • From Blackstone to the Statutes at Large: How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists – make sense of your ancestors’ records (and find more records) by knowing the law they lived under
  • Where There is–or isn’t–a Will — learn the ins and outs of probate and inheritance law.

The two-day conference is packed with 20 more breakout sessions covering some of your favorite topics –DNA, naturalization and citizenship, family lore, navigating online book and manuscript catalogs, lineage society applications, and genealogy software.

Judy Russell will present a special pre-conference  lecture on the latest in DNA for genealogy Thursday evening; A separate registration fee applies to this event.  Watch the MGS website and this blog for details.

Full conference information and registration is available at www.mngs.org.  Special Early Bird pricing will save you $$ if you register by September 7.  Don’t wait. Register now!

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Early Bird Registration for North Star Opens

Early Bird registration is now open at http://www.mngs.org/blog/?page_id=97 for MGS’s North Star Family History Conference. The conference, to be held at Colonial Church in Edina October 3-4, features nationally known genealogical speaker Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, presenting four sessions:

  • Facts, Photos, and Fair Use
  • “Don’t Forget the Ladies”—a Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law
  • From Blackstone to the Statutes at Large—How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists
  • Where There Is—or Isn’t—a Will

Judy will be joined on the conference program by Midwest genealogy educators presenting 20 breakout sessions in five tracks: general genealogy, problem-solving, Minnesota, research tools, and military/early American. Full program details, speaker bios, and session descriptions are available on the MGS Events page.

Special Early Bird pricing–$50 MGS members/$55 non-members for one day, or $90 MGS members/$120 non-members for both days—is available through September 7. Registration includes lunch, and two-day non-member registrations include a one-year MGS membership. Special pricing is available for young adults (under age 26).

Don’t wait, visit our registration page now at http://www.mngs.org/blog/?page_id=97 to save on your conference registration. If you’d rather register by mail, download the conference brochure at http://mngs.org/upload/events/files/1407027894_NS2014Brochure.pdf and fill in the registration form.

See you at North Star!

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Become an Effective Presenter

MGS (and its Branches and Interest Groups) are looking for genealogists interested in teaching classes or making presentations at conferences. If you know your subject matter, but would like a little help developing, organizing, and delivering presentations, join us Saturday May 31 from 2:30 to 4 for a free, 90-minute orientation session.

Topics include choosing appealing topics, organizing content, creating slides and handouts, as well as pointers for effective delivery and fielding questions. This session will cover both lecture-style presentation and less formal, small group teaching.

If there is enough  interest, MGS will offer a follow-up practicum, including assistance with creating and working with images.

Register at http://www.mngs.org/blog/?page_id=97.

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Saturday April 12 – MHS Topics on Family History

Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to preserve and share your family stories and family research with others! It’s visual, creative, appealing to family members of all ages, and fun.

This Saturday, April 12, you can learn to create your own heritage scrapbooks. Join Sara Markoe Hanson, Executive Director of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (including break) in the second floor library classroom at the Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul.

Sara is a lifelong family historian and a long-time scrapbooking enthusiast. She has scrapbooked family moments ranging from daily fun and family vacations to branches of her family tree. She especially enjoys bringing ancestors to life by sharing their personalities with current generations in her heritage albums.

Sara’s presentation will show you how to select appropriate materials to preserve your images and information and how to organize and format your stories and data. Sara will discuss both digital and traditional paper scrapbooking and provide examples of both styles.

The cost of the workshop is $28 for MGS and MHS members and $32 for non-members. Register online at http://tickets.mnhs.org/default.asp?cgcode=50.

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Webinar Wednesday: Writing and Publishing Your Family History

CoffinL-smallAre you wondering how to share all the wonderful information, photos, and artifacts you’ve collected in your family history research?

Join Linda Coffin this Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. for MGS’ free webinar. During the webinar, Linda will examine ways to write and publish your family history. She will also talk about organizing content, presenting photographs and other images effectively, and choosing the publishing option that works best for your audience.

Linda’s vocational and avocational experiences make her a great guide for exploring how to write and publish what you’ve found. Linda began her career as a publication designer in 1980, just about the same time that she discovered genealogy as a hobby. More than two decades later, she realized that she was bored with designing newsletters and annual reports. When she entered the world of personal histories in 2004, she found a career that combined her graphic design skills with her love of memoir, genealogy, and history. Now her business, HistoryCrafters, helps people publish their memoirs and family histories in forms that can be distributed to family and friends. For the past two years, Linda has also been the Executive Director of the Association of Personal Historians, an international membership organization for those who do personal history work.

To register for the free webinar, click this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4118818193499352834.

To participate, you will need  a Windows or Mac computer, fast Internet connection, and microphone and speakers (either built into your computer or USB headset). You can also participate using iOS or Android mobile devices. For more details on system requirements, go to http://support.citrixonline.com/webinar/all_files/G2W010003.

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Join Us March 22 for Genealogy 101 Session 5

Now you have gleaned all the information possible from the records you have found, and it’s time to put this new information together with what you knew before.

This Saturday, March 22, from 1-4 at MGS, Genealogy 101 instructors Peggy Larson, Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., John Schade and David Suddarth will show you how to integrate your discoveries by using timelines and spreadsheets and how to identify the next steps for your research.

During this session you will practice evaluating genealogical evidence and resolving conflicts as you learn the five components of the Genealogical Proof Standard and apply the GPS to a sample research report. This is the final session of this spring’s Genealogy 101 series which covers Step 5 of our five-step process for beginning and continuing your family history research: Use What You Learned.

The class fee is $15 for members and non-members. You can register for this individual session at http://mngs.ens-4.com/blog/?page_id=97&action=evregister&event_id=53.

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Saturday March 15–MHS Topics on Family History and Genealogy 101 Session 4

On Saturday March 15, MGS is offering two education opportunities. You can start off at MHS with MHS Topics on Family History–Women in the Family, and round off your day at MGS, with Genealogy 101, Step 4: Learn from the Source.

In the morning class, Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG, talks about the challenges that family history researchers face in identifying wives, finding women’s parents, locating daughters, and documenting major life events for female members of the family. Women have always been the “social glue” that kept generations together, but their stories are often left untold.

From 10:00 to 12:30 (including break) in the second floor library classroom at the Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellog Blvd., St. Paul, Alice’s workshop focuses on these challenges, and also on the opportunities they provide for learning about your female ancestors. Alice will cover both traditional genealogical approaches to researching women and little used ones, while stirring in a bit of DNA research. This is a “hands-on” workshop–part lecture, part group work, and all problem solving!

The cost of the workshop is $28 for MGS and MHS members and $32 for non-members. Register online at http://tickets.mnhs.org/default.asp?cgcode=50.

In the afternoon at MGS, from 1:00-4:00, join Genealogy 101 instructors Peggy Larson, Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., John Schade, and David Suddarth as they discuss taking useful notes, capturing source information, extracting information from records, creating source citations, getting the most of each record, and identifying clues for further research.

This is the fourth session of this spring’s Genealogy 101 series which covers Step 4 of our five -step process for beginning and continuing your family history research: Learn from the Source.

The class fee is $15 for members and non-members. You can register for this session at http://www.mngs.org/blog/?page_id=97&action=evregister&event_id=53.

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Dutch Genealogy Webinar March 5

Are you bogged down in your search for your Low Country ancestors?  Don’t just tilt at windmills! Join J. H. Fonkert, CG, for a free MGS webinar, Klompen Genealogy: Finding Dutch and Frisian Roots, Wednesday March 5 at 7 p.m. Central time.

This hour-long webinar will give you an overview of Dutch and Frisian immigration to North America, an introduction to the basics of Dutch civil and church records, and examples of how to search Dutch and Frisian records on the Internet.

A stubborn half-Dutchman, Jay has spoken on Dutch genealogy and conferences and workshops across the county.

Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4957107848573596418.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Join Us March 1 for Genealogy 101 Session 3

Every genealogist needs to master five essential kinds of genealogical source records: birth, marriage and death records; census records; church and cemetery records; immigration records; and naturalization records. These five kinds of records are the foundation for genealogical research.

This Saturday, March 1, from 1-4 at MGS, Genealogy 101 instructors Peggy Larson, Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., John Schade and David Suddarth will introduce these five foundation types. During this session you will examine examples of each type and learn what information they contain. You’ll also learn places to find each type of source on- and offline, and how to use them.

This is the third session of this spring’s Genealogy 101 series which covers Step 3 of our five-step process for beginning and continuing your family history research: Locate a Useful Source.

The class fee is $15 for members and non-members. You can register for this session at http://www.mngs.org/blog/?page_id=97&action=evregister&event_id=53.

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