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  • Xavier Chambolle Saturday, December 11
    Xavier Chambolle - Virtual Genealogy Tour: Quebec City (Webinars)
    10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Online: https://www.gotomeet.me/MGSBranches/cig-genealogy-tour
    Professional Tour Guide, Xavier Chambolle, will walk us through a virtual Genealogy tour of Quebec City. Xavier will also explain the process of setting up a genealogical tour.
  • Saturday, December 18 from 10:00–1:00 Canadian Morning at the William J. Hoffman Library Research Center
  • Saturday, January 15 from 10:00–1:00 Canadian Morning at the William J. Hoffman Library Research Center
  • Jim Morin Sunday, January 30
    Jim Morin - The Travels and Adventures of Charles Napoleon Morin (Hybrid Meeting)
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Online: https://www.gotomeet.me/MGSBranches/charlesnapoleonmorin
    Jim Morin is a retired marketing executive who has recently edited and published an English translation of his great-grandfather’s memoir, Charles Napoleon Morin – Memories of My Travels and Adventures, now available on Amazon.
    Jim will use Charles’s remarkable first person story to recall what life was like in the late 1800’s, and how what began as a sixteen-year old’s widespread search, eventually gained Charles fulfillment in work, adventure, faith and life.
    Attendees with French-Canadian ancestry will be interested in this example of diaspora into North America. Jim will trace the Morin family roots back to immigrants from France in 1672. He will present key events in Charles’s life linked with US and British Columbia history. He will discuss his research and manuscript development, and Amazon Kindle publishing experience.


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.