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  • Greg Cash SUNDAY, MAY 23
    The Fur Trade in Minnesota. Coureurs des Bois, Voyageurs and Explorers (Webinars)
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

    Joint Canadian Interest Group and French American Heritage Foundation Webinar
    Learn about the fur trade in Minnesota, which was begun by French and French Canadian traders. Included in the presentation is information about some of the key players in that activity as well as explorers associated with it

    GotoMeeting link: https://www.gotomeet.me/MGSBranches/cig-may23meeting

    Greg Cash is of French and French Canadian descent. One of his ancestors, Médard Chouart des Groseillieiers, was a coureur des bois and fur trader as well as one of the first two documented non-native Americans in Minnesota along with Pierre Esprit Radisson, his brother-in-law. He started learning French at the age of ten at Lac du Bois, the French program at Concordia Language Villages (CLV), and later became a counselor there as well as at Les Voyageurs, CLVs other French language village. Greg has lived and worked as an expatriate in London, England, Hong Kong, Paris, France and Milan, Italy and speaks French, German and Italian. Mr. Cash serves on the board of directors of the French American Heritage Foundation of Minnesota and is a member of the French American Chamber of Commerce of Minneapolis/St. Paul Key Opinion Leader Advisory Board. He is on the Concordia Language Villages (CLV) National Advisory Council, CLV Strategic Planning Council and the Advisory Board of the Office for Technology Commercialization at the University of Minnesota.
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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
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