The Manatee Genealogical Society of Manatee County, Florida is proud to offer this website as a gateway to our services, resources, programs, and information on our society. Due to current circumstances, society meetings are virtual until future notice. A separate e-mail will be sent to you to provide access to our meetings via Zoom. Visitors may also attend with an advance request sent via e-mai to: info@mgsfl.org
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The Manatee Genealogical Society will host a Virtual Seminar on Saturday, January 28, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:15 p.m (EST)  We are having four outstanding, nationally known genealogical speakers deliver advanced-level lectures following the theme:  “Finding Your Elusive Ancestors.” 
Our speakers will be: Blaine Bettinger, PH.D., J.D., Cyndi Ingle, Michael D. Lacopo, D.V.M., and J. Mark Lowe, FUGA. . All presentations will be geared towards intermediate and advanced genealogists. Seminar lecture topics, and speaker bios can be viewed and/or downloaded (PDF) at these linksSPEAKER BIOS and SPEAKER TOPICS. And You can Register by following this link:  REGISTRATION

Announcing our Newest SIG!!
Mid-Atlantic Pre-Civil War
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Special Interest Group (SIG.) Do you have ancestors who arrived in the US before the Civil War? Did they begin their US experience in the Mid-Atlantic states and then move westward? Then this SIG is for you! 
Sometimes the key to finding your ancestor’s home across the ocean is researching the places they lived before they migrated west. This was often in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, or the surrounding states. This SIG is designed to help people with just that experience.
The focus will be on those who arrived in the US before the Civil War and back to Colonial times. Migration routes, record sources, and more will be discussed.
All sessions will begin at 10:00 am EST.  Nancy Ryburn will lead the discussion with members sharing research suggestions and support. In 2023, the SIG will meet at 10:00 am EST on the 3rd Thursday of each month.
We look forward to you joining us!


Regional Genealogical Activities

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 special events like seminars and workshops, for example. Explore the Society Links page and check out our Regional Events page. 

DNA Special Interest Group (SIG)

Virtual Meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of the Month
Time:  Evenings 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm EST
Place: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom - for attendance and information send an email to info@mgsfl.org
Learn how to use DNA to find your roots!  All Levels of ability welcome
Peggy Jude leads our DNA SIG. She has been conducting genealogical research for her family and clients for over 40 years. Peggy is a member of The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG,) and serves on the Board of the Manatee Genealogical Society.  She holds a BS in Zoology from Iowa State and a Masters from the University of Michigan.  She is an alumnus of the Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and the Institute for Genealogy & History Research (IGHR), and she has completed multiple full week in-depth courses on DNA Tools and Techniques. 


February 1
POLISH SIG - Virtual
Researching in a foreign country can be a little intimidating, especially if you are researching alone.  If your ancestors are from Poland or Eastern Europe, this group may be for ...

February 7
"Avoiding an Ancestor Identity Crisis"
Hybrid Meeting (in-person and Virtual via Zoom)   Our program speaker, Shelley Bishop, will present in person "Avoiding an Ancestor Identity Crisis".   How can you tell if a ...

February 8
GERMAN SIG - Virtual
Do you have German ancestors or you are interested in this part of Europe, or were your ancestors located in some of the popular German settlements in the USA? Maybe ...

February 13
The TECHNOLOGY SIG helps users of all abilities to effectively use technology in support of Family History research. We will also have breakout groups for the users of Family History software.  Meetings ...

February 16
Mid-Atlantic Pre-Civil War
Do you have ancestors who arrived in the US before the Civil War? Did they begin their US experience in the Mid-Atlantic states and then move westward? Then this SIG ...