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 2021 - May 2022

Board of Directors
President: Karen Dwyer
Treasurer: Anne Ramsby
Recording Secretary: Teresa Howe
Vice President - Programs: Jack Triplett, III
Vice President - Projects: Peggy Jude
Corresponding Secretary: Ms. Sandy Bostian
Membership Chair: Deb Kennedy
Publicity Chair: Arlene Dukanauskas
Board Member: Julie Howland
Past President:
Membership: Deb Kennedy
Programs: Jack Triplett, III
Webmanager: Jim McHugh
Technology Committee: Jim McHugh
RootsMagic SIG: Phyllis Doucette
DNA SIG: Peggy Jude
German SIG: Karen Dwyer
Polish SIG: Nancy Ryburn
Publicity: Arlene Dukanauskas
Technology for Genealogy SIG: Peggy Jude
Volunteer Coordinator: Deb Kennedy

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.