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

    • 9 Jan 2022
    • 20 Feb 2022
    • Online - GTM

     Are you relatively new to researching your family?  Or maybe your efforts have  been on and off for years and you need help focusing and sorting through all the records and websites.  Level One is designed for you.  Participants complete assignments as they work on their own family with instructor feedback and research guidance.

    Level One is a series of four progressive classes designed to teach important genealogy skills, with three optional "office hours" coaching sessions in between classes to assist students as they progress through the course.

    Participants will learn best practices, basic tools and methods, including commonly used record types, helpful forms, record keeping, navigating beneficial websites, research tools and planning.  By the end of the course, they will have produced identity profiles, timelines, locality guides, research plans and research results for their chosen projects.

    Class dates and times
    Four 2 ½ hour online class sessions

    • Sunday, January 9, 2022, 1 to 3:30 PM
    • Sunday, January 23, 2022, 1 to 3:30 PM
    • Sunday, February 6, 2022, 1 to 3:30 PM
    • Sunday, February 20, 2022, 1 to 3:30 PM

    and three optional 1 hour intervening online coaching sessions

    • Sunday, January 16, 2022, 1 – 2 PM
    • Monday, January 30, 2022, 1 – 2 PM
    • Sunday, February 13, 2022, 1 – 2 PM

    About the Presenters:

    Lois Abromitis Mackin, PhD, is a professional genealogist focusing on American and English research.  Lois has a bachelor's, master’s, and doctoral degrees in history, and has studied at major genealogical institutes.  She writes for Minnesota Genealogist and The Septs, teaches about genealogical records and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.


    Shirleen Hoffman is the President of the Minnesota Genealogical Society and a published author in several genealogical publications.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has completed several professional genealogy courses.  She is currently working on her master's degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies.

    Course Fee:

    10 hours of instruction with 3 hours of coaching
    $175 MGS members, $225 nonmembers
    Maximum class size is 20 people

    Location: Online at GoToMeeting



    • 2 Feb 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Webinar

    Presented by Bryna O'Sullivan, sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society.  A virtual program from the comfort of your desk.

    Audience Level: All


    Whether your grandmother was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution or you’re looking to document your family’s line to the Mayflower for the first time, there are some common issues that can slow down the application process. This webinar will introduce the ten (10) most common mistakes made by applicants and explain how to effectively avoid them.

    About the Presenter:

    Bryna O’Sullivan is a professional genealogist based in Middletown, Connecticut, and is a French to English genealogical translator. As proprietor of Charter Oak Genealogy, she specializes in lineage society applications. With 10 years of experience, she assists clients in joining the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (Mayflower Society), the National Society Colonial Dames of America, and many other lineage societies using resources that extend across North America and through difficult to document regions.

    Bryna holds a BA degree in History and French Literature (Tufts University), MA degree in History (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and MA in Theology (Holy Apostles College and Seminary). She has completed the Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research, the National Institute for Genealogical Studies Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies, the DAR Genealogical Education Program, and is an alumnus of ProGen Study Program.



    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtually via GoTo Meeting

    Presented by Nary Risseeuw, sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society
    a virtual program from the comfort of your desk.

    When your search for family (immediate and extended) hits a wall, or when you want to fill in blanks and move beyond the names and dates into stories, it’s time to search the ‘neighborhood.’

    Examining those who lived near your ancestor can provide a clearer perspective on their life.  You will learn the methodology and usual and unusual source materials that will help you broaden their story. Through the use of city directories, plat maps, census records, population registers, cemetery records, ship passenger lists, and other record sources, you can cast a wider net and create a more complex study. The genealogy of a neighborhood allows you to place your family in the larger context of a community and provides a broader understanding of their place in it.

    Mary Risseeuw is a genealogist, historian, writer and lecturer. She has researched 19th & 20th century Dutch immigration to Wisconsin for over 30 years and has published and lectured throughout the U.S. and the Netherlands. She serves on the Board of the Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies and hosted their 2011 conference in WI. She also organized and hosted the Dutch in Wisconsin Conference in 2008; the first Dutch studies conference to focus solely on Dutch immigration to Wisconsin. She has a B.S. from UW-Madison and M.A. & M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University.

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

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