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.

Saturday, March 16
German SIG Special Event  (SIGs)
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Guten Tag. Möchten Sie mehr darüber erfahren, wie Sie Ihre deutsche Genealogie erstellen können?
or Good day.  Do you want to learn more about how to do your German genealogy?
The Magic of German Church Records
Learn how to extract the exact information you need from those valuable German church records – without having to decipher every word. We’ll take an in-depth look at the columns you’ll come across, and discover where to find - and how to read - important words that will tell you all about your German ancestor. Get ready to make the most out of any records you find!
Katherine Schober, of Germanology Unlocked, is a German-English genealogy speaker, author, and translator, specializing in the old German handwriting. She is the author of “The Magic of German Church Records” and “Tips and Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting”, as well as the creator of the online courses “Reading the Old German Handwriting" and "German for Genealogists”. Katherine lives in Bend, Oregon with her Austrian husband and their son, and can be reached via e-mail at katherine_schober@germanologyunlocked.com or at her website https://germanologyunlocked.com/.
Details for joining the Virtual Meeting will be provided prior to the meeting to MGS members via email. Non-members can request attendance information by emailing info@mgsfl.org. Please put in your email Subject line: Request German SIG Special Event Link.


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. 

March 5
"The 'Facebook' of Yesteryear: Exploring Newspapers for Family Research"
Tuesday, March 5 "The ‘Facebook’ of Yesteryear: Exploring Newspapers for Family Research" 10:00 am to 12:00 pm EST - Manatee Central Library, Main Auditorium, Bradenton, Florida & via Zoom   ...

March 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 ...

March 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 ...

March 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 ...

March 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 ...