Registrations are now being taken for the North Star Conference. This year's program features George G. Morgan, president of Aha! Seminars, author of hundreds of articles and eight books on Genealogy, and he regularly produces a Podcast at genealogyguys.com. Mr. Morgan will present four lectures:
Getting the Most from Ancestry.com
Bring 'Em Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile
Genealogy Orienteering: Using Maps to Find the Right Place
Bits and Obits: Reading Between the Lines
Friday, October 7
Morning: Friday morning will begin with a Special Seminar for volunteers of Genealogical & Historical Societies: The Shape of the 21st Century Genealogical Society by George G. Morgan.
Afternoon: The conference will begin with Registration, a Welcome, and the Plenary I: Getting the Most from Ancestry.com by George G. Morgan, and followed by Breakout Sessions.
Finding Clues to Break Through My Brick Wall by Cathi Weber
Finding Your pre 1850 American Ancestors by J. H.Fonkert, CG
Pitfalls in Quaker Research by Linda Coffin
Unclaimed Persons: Every Life is Worth Remembering by Janis Martin
Lessons I Learned Writing a Book-Length Personal Family History by Harold Hinds, Jr., Ph.D.
Time & Place: Researching Ancestors in Context: Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG
Metes, Bounds, Sections, and Topos: Understanding Land Descriptions and Finding Pa's Land on Maps by J. H. Fonkert, CG
Finding & Accessing Printed Resources on the Internet by Tom Rice, CG
The evening begins with an "Ask Your Genealogists" Q & A Session, followed by a Reception and Full Buffet Banquet Dinner. MGS will honor the winners of the MGS Service and Achievement Awards. These awards are presented to those volunteers either who have given outstanding service to MGS or have shown exceptional achievement in the broader genealogy community. This should be a very pleasant evening.
Saturday, October 8
Morning:This morning begins with Registration, Plenary Session 2: Bring 'Em Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile by George G. Morgan, followed by a Breakout Session.
When Was Benjamin Born? by David Suddarth
Ten Commandments for Those Seeking Professional Help: How to Be a Good Genealogy Client by Harold Henderson
Grandpa's Probate Cracks the Case of the Disappearing Daughters by Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D.
Beginning DNA for Genealogists by John L. Rys
The MGS Annual Membership Meeting and Lunch follows.
Plenary Sessions 3 & 4, Genealogy Orienteering: Using Maps to Find the Right Place and Bits About Obits: Reading Between the Lines, both by George G. Morgan will follow.
The conference, Q & A Session, Reception, and Awards Banquet Dinner are all held at the Colonial Church of Edina, 6200 Colonial Way, Edina, MN 55436. During the conference there will be vendors, exhibits, door prizes, a Silent Auction, and a book signing by a distinguished author.
For more information, a full schedule, speakers bio's, and registration, please see the MGS website.
For special hotel rates at the Eden Prairie Extended Stay Hotel, go to this website and enter EDP4U in the Company Code field.
MHS Classes Begin September 24!
The classes formerly known as Intermediate Genealogy return under a new name: MGS at MHS. Aimed at genealogists and family historians who have some experience in researching their family history, the series kicks off Saturday September 24 with popular instructors, Mary Wickersham and Sheila Northrop, delivering two lectures on today's genealogist's go-to resource:
The Internet as a Genealogy Tool
Think INSIDE the Box-Creative Database Searches
September 24, 10:00 - 12:30 p.m. at MHS. Join Mary and Sheila to hone your Internet skills. Cost: $28 for MGS/MHS members, $30 for non-members. Register here.
October 15, 10:00 - 12:30 at MHS. Join David Suddarth and J.H. Fonkert for Analyzing Genealogical Records - a Case Study Workshop. Register here.
November 12, 10:00 - 12:30 at MHS. Tom Rice will present Genealogical Research at the Minnesota Historical Society - Online and in Person. Cost: $28 for MGS/MHS members, $30 for non-members. Register here.
More Fall Classes:
Thursday, October 6, 9:30 -12 at the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. Librarians Workshop with George G. Morgan. Are you a librarian? Do you volunteer at a library or FHC? North Star speaker, George G. Morgan, will present a special workshop for librarians and Family History Center volunteers. Locating Specialized Databases on the Internet. This workshop will discuss how to locate databases that exist on the Internet but which may only be found using special search strategies or topic-specific search engines. Cost: $20 for librarians/$15 for library and FHC volunteers. Add $5 for registrations after September. Register here.
Beginning Genealogy is now Genealogy 101. Are you new to genealogy? Do you need to brush up your skills? Join instructors, Lois Mackin, John Schade, and David Suddarth at MHS starting
Sunday, October 16, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Step 1: Write Down and Organize What You Know
Sunday, October 23, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Step 2: Decide What You Want to Learn
Sunday, October 30, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Step 3: Locate a Useful Source
Sunday, November 13, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Step 4: Learn from the Source
Sunday, November 20, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Step 5: Use What You Learned
You can attend individual sessions, but if you sign up for the entire series, the instructors will help you plan and conduct a short research project between October 30 and November 13. Cost for individual classes: $16 for MGS/MHS members or $20 for non-members. Cost for the series: $70 for MGS/MHS members or $90 for non-members. Register here.
MGS Branches/Interest Groups' Events
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International
CGSI's Quarterly Program features an overview of resources available through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known also as the Mormon Church. This program will be presented on Saturday, September 10. Presenters are Janie and Mike Puckett, directors of the Oakdale Family History Center.
Location: MN Genealogical Society, 1185 Concord Street North, South Saint Paul., 1st Floor Auditorium.
12:30 - Registration
1:00 - Visiting the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and Local Family History Centers
2:15 - Break for Refreshments, Networking, and Browsing the Sale Table
2:45 - Using the Family Search Website
Suggested donation is $5.00/ members of CGSI and $8.00/ non-members.
For more information go to the CGSI website, e-mail, phone 651-964-2322.
German Genealogical Society of MN
Germanic Emigration via Hamburg by Rebekka Geitner, historian at Ballin-Stadt Emigration Museum, Hamburg, Germany.
Sunday, October 23, 12:30 - 5:00 p.m. at Corconcordia University in the Buenger Education Center, 200 Syndicate Street, Saint Paul.
12:30 pm Registration
1:00 - 2:00 Germanic Emigration via Hamburg
For most emigrants, arrival in Hamburg was preceded by an arduous journey lasting several days. There was endless waiting while all the various emigration formalities and checks were performed. Finally, after a one-to-two day journey to Hamburg, the emigrants would arrive, exhausted and hungry.
2:00 - 2:30 Break - Refreshments served
2:30 - 3:30 BallinStadt - Hamburg's Emigration Museum
The main exhibition focuses on the stories and destinies of more than five million European emigrants, allowing visitors to learn about hopes, dreams and desires of emigrants.
3:30 - 4:00 Questions
4:00 - 5:00 Informal social hour
Questions: Call Tara Ducey 612-729-6357 or visit website.
Ostfriesen German Society of America Genealogy Workshop
Saturday, September 24, 9:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Instructors: Roger Peters, Lin Strong, and Gene Janssen
Researching in the Rheiderland of Ostfriesland
Beginning Genealogy , Case Study ,Photo Tour, One-on-One Help, Genealogy Sources
For more information, see website.
Polish Genealogical Society
On September 10, 10:00 - 12:00, John Rys will present "A Video Trip in Sandhern Poland."
Location: 1185 Concord Street North, South Saint Paul, 4th Floor Board Room.
John Rys, a PGS member, will present a short description about this area once called "Galicia" and then take us on a 1+ hour DVD video trip through this area, the Tatra Mountains, and then to a parade in Torun, Poland.
Refreshments and Treats will be served.
Save the Date: October 22, 2nd Annual Family History Fair
The 2nd Annual Family History Fair, co-sponsored by the Library Foundation of Hennepin County and MGSwill be on October 22, 9:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m. Celebrate National Family History Month by going to the Fair at Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. Watch for mini-sessions from genealogy experts and exhibits from over a dozen special-interest family history organizations - German, Swedish, Welsh, and many more. Don't forget to register for the door prizes!
Last year, over 200 enthusiastic genealogists attended the Hennepin County Library's Family History Fair. Featuring a keynote by MGS' own Jay Fonkert, mini-sessions from local presenters, and exhibits from local societies, this year's fair will be bigger and better. For more information and registration go to this site.
Free Cookbook Event November 5
Just in Time for the Holidays!
Minneapolis-based author and personal historian, Hella Buchheim, returns to present her workshop "Create an Heirloom Cookbook in One Day" on November 5 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at MGS, 1185 Concord Street North, South Saint Paul.