Mission / Purpose


The Society was formed to promote individual and community awareness in genealogy, family history and allied fields of study, conduct genealogical meetings, workshops and seminars, and sponsor projects to promote and preserve genealogical knowledge. For example, "Tombstone Inscriptions in Cemeteries of Manatee County, FL 1850 - 1980". and other MGS material available on this website.


CONTACT US    For General Inquiries and Contacting MGS Officers or Committee Chairpersons

Operating Year: June 2024 - May 2025

Board of Directors
President: Karen Dwyer
Treasurer: Anne Ramsby
Recording Secretary: Mary Maki
Vice President - Programs: Jack William Triplett, III
Vice President - Projects: Peggy Jude
Corresponding Secretary: Ms. Sandy Sue Bostian
Membership Chair: Deb Kennedy
Publicity Chair: Dean Kudich
Board Member: Julie Howland
Membership: Deb Kennedy
Programs: Jack William Triplett, III
Webmanager: Madeleine Cadwallader
Technology Committee: Madeleine Cadwallader
Technology for Genealogy SIG: Peggy Jude
DNA SIG: Peggy Jude
German SIG: Karen Dwyer
Irish SIG: Ms. Donna M Moughty
Mid Atlantic Pre-Civil War SIG: Nancy Ann Ryburn
Polish SIG: Nancy Ann Ryburn
Publicity: Dean Kudich

General Information

Membership: Any person with an interest in genealogy, family history or allied fields of study may become a member of the Society upon acceptance and payment of dues. Dues are currently $20 for an individual, and $25 for a family couple.  GO JOIN


Benefits of Membership: Regular meetings & workshops, publish research and general interest articles on the MGS Website, learn from other members and their experiences, and share research knowledge and methods (just to name a few).


Meetings:  Our General Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of the month. We are meeting virtually through the fall.  The regular location is the Auditorium of the Manatee County Central Public Library, 1301 Barcarrota Boulevard West,  Bradenton,  FL 34205. Follow this link for a map to our  Meeting Location. We also have four Special Interest Groups that meet throughout the month.