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
Facebook Page:  Don’t forget to check our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute information on our events.

The Manatee Genealogical Society will host a Virtual Seminar on Saturday, January 29, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:15 p.m.  We are having four prominent genealogical speakers deliver lectures following the theme:  “Finding Your Elusive Ancestors.” Our speakers will be D. Joshua Taylor, Judy G. Russell, Karen Stanbary and Gena Philibert-Ortega. Seminar details including schedule, lecture topics and speaker bios can be viewed and/or downloaded (PDF) by following this link: SEMINAR DETAILS. Also, you can register by following this link:  REGISTRATION


We have added a new feature to our website. The feature is a member forum. The full use of the forum is restricted to members only (you gain access by logging-on as a member), however nonmembers can view the content of the forum topics.  The principal forum objective is to help members enhance their genealogical knowledge through member shared knowledge, and to promote discussions on topical subjects within the membership. This is accomplished by asking questions, starting a discussion thread on a particular topic, discuss a resource that was very meaningful to you, provide help by answering a posted question, etc. Members are encouraged to participate and share their knowledge with our MGS membership. Participation is key to a successful forum.
Before you use the Forum which can be accessed from our main menu column on the left at Member Forum, it is suggested that you read: How to Use the Forum (click the link). This will provide you some basic "Forum" knowledge. We have selected a number of general topics for organizing potential subject matter and discussion threads. 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
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 7
"Thirty Types of Maps Useful in Genealogy"
Our speaker is Margaret "Peg" Kapustiak.  In genealogical research, maps can provide clues to where our ancestors may have lived and where to look for written records about them. Peg ...

December 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 ...

December 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 ...

December 21
DNA SIG - Virtual
Join us for a dialogue on the use of DNA in your genealogical research.  News, sharing and help!  The DNA SIG is led by Peggy Jude. Peggy is a member of ...

January 4
"Keys to Writing an Engaging Family History Book"
Our speaker is Shelly Bishop. Shelley is a professional genealogical researcher, writer, and speaker with a passion for finding and preserving ancestral stories. She believes that one of the best ...