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Minnesota Genealogical Society

1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, MN  55120-1367
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Events sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society

Upcoming events

    • 28 Jan 2024
    • 29 Dec 2024
    • 12 sessions
    • Minnesota Genealogy Center

    Are you just beginning your family history journey? Come and stop by the Minnesota Genealogy Center for a presentation on researching your family history, some time for questions and answers, and a tour of the library. These events are open to everyone. Membership in the Minnesota Genealogical Society is not required.

    • 5 Jun 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Zoom Webinar

    Presented by Kathy Kirkpatrick, sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

    Audience Level – All

    The 21 POW camps in Minnesota included only branch camps. They housed a maximum of 3368 German POWs (including Poles and those from other nations who were in the German Army, including a few Italians) in August 1945, out of the base camp at Algona, Iowa. About 200 Italian POWs were held here in two branch camps in 1943. All worked at harvesting crops. Kathy Kirkpatrick will also include an overview of the 1210 POW camps across America. She will describe in detail the variety of records and repositories, including the National Archives detailed reports from the Army’s Provost Marshal General Office regarding POW camp populations and burials.

    About the Speaker:
    Kathy Kirkpatrick earned her B.A. in History from Humboldt State University at Arcata, California. She is currently President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Utah. Kathy has written family histories, genealogical and Italian research instruction, and volumes on American Prisoner of War Camps since 1986. Kathy speaks locally and Internationally on a variety of topics since1993, including at RootsTech and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS). Kathy's research takes her on-site to Italy (including the Vatican Secret Archives since 2015), Sicily, Greece, the United Kingdom, and France as well as close to home in the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City. Her extensive websites are at for genealogy and for military research and cemeteries



    • 8 Jun 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Minnesota Genealogy Center
    • 25

    Presented by Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

    Finding an adopted person’s biological family is especially challenging for genealogists. This presentation lists the steps one can take to identify an unknown child, parent, or grandparent and dissects a successful case to show how good methodology combined with document research and DNA matches (and a bit of luck) can put a decades-old question to rest.

    About the Speaker:
    Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG, is professional board-certified genealogist. In addition to researching for clients across the country, she is co-editor of the Minnesota Genealogist quarterly journal and president of the APG Northland Chapter. Liz has served as a Director for the Minnesota Genealogical Society and the Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota. Her books, With Love to All, a collection of WWI letters and photographs, and the co-authored guide Husförhörslängder, Swedish Household Examination Records, have garnered several awards. She researches and lectures as Red Bird Genealogy Services ( Liz also plays flute and piccolo professionally and holds a private pilot’s license.

    $30 for MGS Members, $40 for Non-Members

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