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  • Sunday, June 23 From 1:00-3:00 – Genealogy Travels in Canada
    • Mark Labine - family reunion in Nova Scotia Canada.
    • Bob Rowe – Genealogy Research Trip to Ontario
    • Barb Fisette - Family History trip to Quebec
  • Christine Woodcock Thursday, July 11 from 7:00–8:00 - Online Source for Scottish Genealogy Research (Webinars)
    Presenter: Christine Woodcock
    Description:There comes a time when you have done all of the online researching you can do using the standard databases. In this talk you will learn of databases that aren't as well know but that can assist in breaking through your brick walls. These include:
    • ScotlandsPeople
    • FamilySearch
    • GenesReunited
    • National Library of Scotland
    • Websites for researching Scottish Occupations
    • Websites specific to the genealogy of regions where your ancestors might have lived
    • Emigration Databases
    • Military Databases
    • Witchcraft Databases
    • Medieval Ancestry
    • British Newspapers
    • Findmypast

    About the Presenter: Christine Woodcock is a genealogy educator who enjoys sharing knowledge and opportunities with others to assist them in their quest to find their Scottish ancestors or to preserve their family legacy. Christine enjoys helping others to preserve and share their family photos, documents and videos in ways that are tangible and easily shareable

  • Saturday, July 20 from 10:00–1:00 Canadian Morning at the William J. Hoffman Library Research Center
  • Saturday, August 17 from 10:00–1:00 Canadian Morning at the William J. Hoffman Library Research Center
  • Sunday, August 18 from 1:00–3:00 Indian Adoptees - Tracking Tribal Affiliation


The purpose of the Canadian Interest Group is to promote an interest in family history and research.

The original society was founded in 1969 by a handful of members researching French Canadians. From materials and book donations shared out of member’s trunks to becoming a formalized society which gathered one of the largest research collections in the upper Midwest, the Canadian Interest Group is now part of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, who owns the Canadian Collection, housed at the William J Hoffman Library and Research Center in South St. Paul, Minnesota.


The areas of interest includes all individuals whose ancestry came through Canada including
  • Acadian
  • European
  • French Canadian
  • Huguenots
  • Metis(se)
  • Native American


First: become a member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society

Second: send your contact information to: contact@mncig.org. You will receive email messages regarding Canadian Interest Group meetings, trainings, conferences, special events, etc.

Third: visit us during Canadian Saturday mornings at the MGS- William J Hoffman Library and Research Center [every third Saturday of the month]. This is where helpful volunteers are ready to assist your genealogy research with sources and ideas


The Canadian resource collection is one of the largest in the Upper Midwest.  It contains published and unpublished works relevant to persons of Canadian, Native American and Metis(se) descents. It includes the work of Jette, Prudhomme, Drouin, Tanguay, many Quebec Church Repertoires, Dictionnaire Genealogique des Familles Acadiennes by Stephen White and most recently the King’s Daughters and Founding Mothers: The Filles du Roi 1663-1673 by Peter J. Gagne.

William J. Hoffman Library
  The Canadian collection is housed at the Minnesota Genealogical Society: 
           The William J. Hoffman Library & Research Center (LRC), Suite 100
           1385 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights, Minnesota
           Telephone number: 651-330-9312  Website:  http://mncig.org
           MGS Events Calendar   and in the MGS Newsletter when possible.