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UPCOMING EVENTS
  • speaker photo SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13
    Joint YGS/CIG Meeting — Researching Your French and Indian War Ancestor (Webinars)
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Online
    Colonial Wars are an interesting part of our history. Many of the soldiers in the French and Indian War would go on to serve in the Continental Line in the American Revolution. It was the first global war. We called it the French and Indian War, but the British and French called it the Seven Year's War. Battles not only occurred on the American frontier but in places like India and the Philippines. George Washington was so embarrassed by his actions which precipitated the war that he began to learn how to be a better military officer. It prepared him for the fight two decades later. Learn how to properly research a participant in this war in French and colonial records.

    GotoMeeting link: https://www.gotomeet.me/MGSBranches/yankee-2021-feb

    Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 8,500 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than thirty years, he specializes in records of the National Archives, especially those that relate to the military. He has coordinated the Military tracks at IGHR, SLIG and GRIP in years past. He is currently the Coordinator of the SLIG Consultation Track, helping students solved their brick wall problems.
  • SATURDAY, MARCH 13
    Ruth Charest Files Workshop
    10:30 am to 11:30 am
    ONLINE class

    Jim Hirsch and Caroline Meilleur will be leading a workshop one CIG's greatest resources, the Ruth Charest File.

    Ruth Charest was an avid genealogy researcher of French Canadian families of the northern states. Her seven file cabinets of ‘Surname Collection’ were donated to the Canadian Interest Group (CIG) of the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS). Some collections contain one sheet of paper and others are multiple files. We have found family group sheets, pictures, original correspondence, and transcribed church records in some files.

    You can find a list of surnames in the Ruth Charest at http://mncig.org/charest/surname_list.pdf.

    GotoMeeting link https://www.gotomeet.me/MGSBranches/ruth-charest-files-workshop
  • Check back later for more events.

INTRODUCTION

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.

AREAS OF INTEREST

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


MEMBERSHIP

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 COLLECTION

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.


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