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Individuals with French-Canadian/Acadian, Metis(se), Native American, and all individuals whose ancestors lived in or came through Canada, with special emphasis  on the Quebec area.

  • Saturday, March 18 from 10:00–1:00 Canadian Morning at the William J. Hoffman Library Research Center
  • Sunday, March 19 from 1:00 - 4:00 Canadian Interest Group meeting at the William J. Hoffman Library Research Center
    1. MNCIG Business
      • Canadian Saturdays - third Saturday of month 10 to 1
      • Ruth Charest Surname files
      • Queries update
      • T-shirts
      • Spring Conference
    2. Program - King William’s War and the Creation of a Multi-Ethnic Family - In 1688, war broke out between colonists in New France and New England. The violence committed by the colonists and their Indian allies was horrific. Called King William’s War, it ripped apart families on all sides. In this case study, genealogist John Vanek explores one unique family that emerged from the rubble of this 17th-century war.
    3. Research time
  • Saturday, March 18 from 10:00–1:00 Canadian Morning at the William J. Hoffman Library Research Center
  • Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Spring Conference - Minnesota Melting Pot (Conferences) Bunker Hills Activity Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW, Andover MN MGS Spring Conference showcasing MGS Branches, Affiliates and Interest Groups: Yankee, Romanian, German, Danish, Pommern, Swedish, Norwegian, Canadian, DNA, and Writers Group! See Registration page for session details. 5 classes and Lunch for only $50 for MGS Members! $60 for non MGS members.
  • No Canadian Saturday in April.
  • Saturday, May 20 from 10:00–1:00 Canadian Morning at the William J. Hoffman Library Research Center


The organization began in August of 1969 as a roundtable with a handful of members who met in their homes and stored the first collection of books in their car trunks.  A formal organizational meeting was held at the home of Ruth Charest in 1979 to formalize a name, elect officers and write a constitution.  Elmer Courteau was the first president and Al Dahlquist was vice president.  Others at that meeting were Rose Johnson, Earl Belisle, Huberta Bennett, Paul Lareau, and Wiley Pope.   The organization became known as the Northwest Territory Canadian and French Heritage Institute with over 600 members receiving a free newsletter [Cousin et Cousine].  The resource book collection was stored in individual homes.  Much of the collection was given to the Minnesota Historical Society. In 1984, the first library site at the corner of St Clair Ave & W 7th Street in St. Paul was established with the Minnesota Genealogical Society.  This library held four double sided units or 100 linear feet of shelving and two research tables.  Al Dahlquist and Dorothy Chandler turned over the traveling Canadian Collection which then became the largest library holding.  The library was moved twice on Fort Road/W 7th Street in 1989, then to 1650 Carroll Avenue in 1992 and to 5768 Olson Memorial Highway in Golden Valley in 1998. The organization was renamed the French/Canadian, Metis Genealogical Society in 2001 and in 2005, the reorganized group became the Canadian Genealogical and Heritage Society of Minnesota (CGHSM).  This was all in an attempt to be more inclusive and representative of all Minnesotans with Canadian /Native American roots. In 2012, with declining membership, the organization became a Minnesota Genealogical Society Interest group. The collection of Canadian research material now belongs to the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) library.   The focus of the MGS Canadian Interest Group remains: (1) maintaining the Canadian resource collection,   (2) promoting and preserving genealogy interests, and (3) providing educational opportunities.


Membership in the Canadian Interest Group requires a membership in the
Minnesota Genealogical Society .  Inform the MGS Membership committee that you want to be a member of the Canadian Interest Group and/or email the Canadian Interest  Group for more information.


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: 
           William J. Hoffman Library & Research Center, Suite 218
           1185 Concord Street North, South Saint Paul MN 55075
           Telephone number: 651-455-9057  Website:  http://mncig.org
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