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. Our society is conducting hybrid meetings from November through May and virtural meetings from June through October. Please see the Calendar of Events for more information. 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
Facebook Page:  Don’t forget to check our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute information on our events.

2024 Annual Seminar - Registration Now Open!
Saturday, January 27, 2024

 Goods News!
The Manatee Genealogical Society is hosting a Virtual Seminar on Saturday, January 27, 2024. The theme of the seminar is “Finding Your Elusive Ancestors”. The seminar features four nationally known speakers: Steve Little will discuss “A.I. and Genealogy: The Basics and a Bit Beyond”. David Allen Lambert will present “Adopting the Regiment: Researching and Recreating Your Ancestor’s Revolutionary War Unit”. Diana Elder will speak on “Who’s Her Daddy? Testing an Ancestry DNA Thruline Hypothesis for a Female Ancestor” and Nicole Dyer will address the challenging topic of “Strategies for Overcoming Genealogy Roadblocks”.
Learn more about our speakers and register for the seminar see "MGS 2024 Seminar" in the column to the left on this Home Page.
We look forward to seeing you at this event. Thank You


New Irish Special Interest Group
Starts December 12, 2023
       Donna M. Moughty, a Professional Genealogist, researcher, lecturer and blogger, will lead a new Irish SIG for our society, with the first session to be on December 12th.  Donna has been conducting family research for over 30 years, anhas taught and lectured on topics including Methodology, Internet, Irish research and technology.  She is the author of the Quick Reference Guides for Irish Research and has conducted research trips to Ireland.
Please watch the Calendar of Events for more details regarding this SIG.



If you are interested in locating obituaries published in our local area, we have added an Obituaries page. The principal objective is to provide a community resource for researchers. These data are available to both members and nonmembers.
The Manatee County Historical Records Library prepared logs of obituary data taken directly from local newspaper listings. These local area obituary logs are based on data from about 1960 to 2023, primarily from the Bradenton Herald. For more information on locating obituaries and for accessing the logs, you will find access on our website main menu bar (column on the left) at Obituaries. Try it out.

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. 


December 5
"PowerPoint for Genealogy"
Our speaker, Lori Coffey, will speak on "PowerPoint for Genealogy".  If you have used PowerPoint for presentations, you know how easy it is to use! But did you know ...

December 6
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 ...

December 11
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 ...

December 12
IRISH SIG - Virtual
It’s estimated that about 10% of the US Population has Irish ancestry…that’s about 31 million people!  Ireland is not the easiest place to research due to political strife as well ...

December 13
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 ...