Some of our New Features Include:

  • Built in Membership Management tools for email notifications, and joining and renewing memberships with your PayPal account, or a credit card.
  • Provides a "Members Only" section for access to society publications and documents, speaker handouts, specialized help guides, and for example, access to tombstone transcriptions of over 35 Manatee County cemeteries.
  • Well organized Events calendar.
  • Surname Database of Members to help connect with follow members or other researchers on the web.

Facebook: We are very pleased to announce that the Manatee Genealogical Society is now on Facebook. You can follow us and receive up-to-the-minute information on our meetings and events. Our site is a public site and open to anyone to follow. Our Facebook Page  enhances our presence on social media. 


In addition to the Manatee Genealogical Society, there are a number of Genealogical Societies that are within reasonable driving distances. These organiziation hold regular meetings and have programs tailored to the interests of genealogical researchers. We encourage you to use our Regional Society Links page and open the organization's website and check-out events that fit your research needs. Also, local societies sponsor specisl events like seminars and workshops, for example. Explore the Society Links page and check out our Regional Events page. 

       Special Interest Group
A Monthly Session on Tuesday Evenings

5:30 to 7:00 pm
See the MGS Events Schedule for Information 

All Levels of Ability Welcome
Learn how to use DNA to find your roots!
South Manatee Library Branch
6081 26th St. W, Bradenton, FL
The DNA SIG will be led by Peggy Jude.  She has been conducting genealogical research for her family and clients for over 40 years. Peggy is a member of the board of the Manatee Genealogical Society and holds a BS in Zoology from Iowa State and a Masters from the University of Michigan.  She is an alumnus of the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and the Institute for Genealogy and History Research (IGHR), completing a full week in-depth course on DNA Tools and Techniques. She recently completed a workshop on Visual Phasing and has attended numerous National and Regional Conferences.


September 1
Family Research Gold in Real Estate Records
Kathleen Bird is a graduate of Texas A&M University and Southern Methodist University School of Law (JD, 1980) and lawyer in Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri prior to her retirement in ...

October 6
"Think You Know the Census? Think Again"
Peggy Jude will speak on researching your ancestry using census data. Peggy has been conducting genealogical research for her family and clients for over 40 years. She is the Vice President ...

November 3
To Be Announced
The program speaker is Lisa Louise Cooke, the author of a variety of multi-media offerings, including the Genealogy Gems website subscription featuring her classes on video and the Genealogy Gems Premium Podcast (ad ...

December 1
Google Technology for Genealogy
Lori Coffey – “Trainer Lori” on YouTube – has spent 20 years training computer skills and 40 years researching her family tree.  Lori will discuss how to use Google effectively ...

January 5
Getting Past Brick Walls
The speaker, George G. Morgan, is the prolific, award-winning author of hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, in genealogical publications, and at online sites internationally. He is also ...