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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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.
The SIG will meet on the following dates for 2022:
  • September 15
  • October 20
  • November 10
  • December 8
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 4th Thursday of each month.
Join us for our first session on September 15th.
We look forward to you joining us!


The Manatee Genealogical Society will host an all day Virtual Seminar on Saturday, January 28, 2023,  All presentations will be geared towards intermediate and advanced genealogists. Seminar details including schedule, lecture topics and speaker bios will be available at a later date. We are holding a seminar planning session and all members are invited to attend. We value your input. (See the Calendar of Events for details)

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. 


October 4
"Effective Use of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center"
Our program speaker, Allison DePrey Singleton, will present "Effective Use of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.  This program will provide detailed information on the use of the ...

October 10
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 ...

October 12
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 ...

October 18
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 ...

October 20
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 ...