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Minnesota Genealogical Society

1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, MN  55120-1367
(651) 330-9312 • info@mngs.org

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.

    • 6 Mar 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Zoom Webinar

    Presented by Sheila Benedict, sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

    Audience: Intermediate

    Description:
    Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Forensic Canines (HHRD) are not part of someone’s genealogical research plan, not yet anyway! What are they and are they helpful to genealogical research? They are a long way from a census schedule, county, state, and federal record offices, DNA testing, and visits to a homeland. As genealogists, we understand the need to always be looking for new and innovated ways to find our ancestors. Can either or both GPR and the HHRD Canines be helpful to genealogical research? In the age of rapidly expanding technologies and other types of research tools, it is logical to state everything is “on the table.” As a preamble to why it might be important for genealogical societies, family historians, professional genealogists, large online research database companies, and of course, possible DNA interests, you might need to know why, as a genealogist, the topic is relevant. There is no question other entities, such as historical societies and cemetery associations, have used GPR technology but few have had the Canines to assist. “How did I get to know about both of them and why do I think they are important” … attend this webinar to find out from Sheila Benedict!

    About the Speaker:
    Sheila Benedict has a BA, courses in history, archive management, and paralegal studies; attended IGHR, NGS, Gen-Fed, SLIG, archivist at a California Historic Mission for almost 18 years, researches in Ireland, APG Virtual Chapter president 2019–2020, APG Writer’s SIG president, 2021–2023, GSG board member, past corresponding secretary of The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA), wrote the NGS “Research in the States” California book, many articles, frequent lecturer, genealogical researcher since 1992, and taught beginning/intermediate genealogy and oral history techniques at a local college.

    Cost:
    Free

    Registration:
    https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nbwoEcTYTa-dBJGx81FGZw

    • 9 Mar 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Minnesota Genealogy Center
    • 25
    Register

    Presented by Diane Schmidt, sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

    Audience Level – All, presentation geared more towards Beginners

    Description:
    This class is designed for people who are just getting started doing Germanic genealogy. Learn the four main things that will give your research a successful start, how to find a birthplace, useful books and websites, Germanic Genealogical Society services, and other tools for beginners.

    About the Speaker:
    Diane Schmidt is the Germanic Genealogy Society (GGS) President and Library Committee Chair and Pommern Regional Group (PRG) Board member. She has created a number of webinars, presentations, and articles about Germanic genealogy for GGS, PRG, and the International Germanic Genealogy Partnership (IGGP). She has been working on her own Germanic genealogy since the 5th grade, so she’s seen a lot of change in genealogical techniques.

    Cost:
    MGS and GGS Members $30. Non-Members $40. Use the links on the left under the "Registration" section to sign up for the class.

    • 3 Apr 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Zoom Webinar

    Presented by Bryna O'Sullivan, sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

    Audience Level – All

    Description:
    It’s fast and cheap, but should you really be using that translation program or AI chatbot to translate documents for your family tree? This webinar will introduce machine translation, discuss how it works, explain what it can and cannot do, and help you decide when you can – and cannot – safely use machine translation in your family tree. Examples will be for French to English translation, but the principles should apply to other language pairs.

    About the Speaker:
    Bryna O’Sullivan is a Middletown, Connecticut, based professional genealogist and French to English genealogical translator. Bryna’s previous MGS webinar (available ONLY to MGS members in the member login area of the MGS website) was presented on 2 February 2022 — “10 Common Lineage Society Application Mistakes”

    Cost:
    Free

    Registration:
    https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_v4dobmsjRJ-4UHwUQ-v8DA

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