We are excited to share with you this much improved version of our website! Many new features have been or will soon be added as we finish building our site.

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. 

Saturday, March 16, 2019 
Tom Jones is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and he is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation. He has been certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 1994. A professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C..  He speaks at national, regional, and local seminars in the United States and internationally, and he writes frequently on genealogical evidence, proof, and problem solving.
Date: Saturday March 16, 2019
Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm .
Place: Bradenton, FL (Manatee Technical College)
Cost of Seminar: $45 Members; $55 Non-Members; optional lunch, add $10
  • The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames
  • Converting a Bunch of Information into a Credible Conclusion
  • Can a Complex Research Problem be Solved Solely Online? 
  • Using Indirect and Negative Evidence to Prove Unrecorded Events
See More Details link for registration, location, schedule, etc.)

New - Special Interest Group
A Monthly Session on Tuesday Evenings

November 20th
December 11th
January 15th

5:30 to 7:00 pm

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.


January 8
Monthly Meeting
Drew Smith will discuss "Finding Cousins and Ancestors Using DNA Testing" (With Examples from the Most Popular Testing Sites). Drew regularly speaks at conferences and meetings of national, state, and ...

January 14
RootsMagic SIG
Phyllis Doucette leads the MGS RootsMagic SIG. The SIG deals with the use of the RootsMagic genealogical software and addressing genealogical research issues that face researchers.We meet the second Monday of the ...

January 15
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 ...

January 26
Genealogy Workshop Hosted by NSDAR
Genealogy experts of the Manatee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a Genealogy Workshop at the Central (Downtown) Library located at 1301 Baracarrota Blvd West. ...

February 5
Monthly Meeting
 A professional genealogist and former regional manager for Apple Computer, Donna Moughty has been a family research for over 20 years. She is an instructor, consultant and lecturer on a ...