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.

Current News & Items of Interest

RootsTech Connect: a Free Online Conference 

This ONLINE conference will be  held on  25-27 February 2021 and is for the first time ever entirely virtual and completely free.  To register and read more about it go to:  https://www.rootstech.org/?lang=eng.

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, 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 1
"Google Technology for Genealogy"
Lori Coffey – “Trainer Lori” on YouTube – has spent 20 years training computer skills and 40 years researching her family tree.  Lori will discuss how to use Google effectively ...

December 15
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. She has been conducting genealogical ...

January 5
"Getting Past Brick Walls"
The speaker, George G. Morgan, is the prolific, award-winning author of hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, in genealogical publications, and at online sites internationally. He is also ...

February 2
"Strategies for Finding Your Irish Ancestors"
Donna Moughty will speak on "Strategies for Finding Your Irish Ancestors." A member of the  Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, Donna frequently consults and speaks on ...

March 2
"Genetic Genealogy to the Next Level"
Our program speaker is Angie Bush. A sought-after genetic genealogist, Angie is an internationally recognized educator in the field, combining years of experience in biotech with a passion for genealogical ...