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.


HOLD THIS DATE: Saturday, January 29, 2022
The Manatee Genealogical Society will host a Webinar on Saturday, January 29, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:45 p.m.  We plan on having as many as four prominent genealogical speakers to deliver one-hour lectures.  The general theme for the day will be:  “Finding Your Elusive Ancestors.”  We believe this will be an attractive topic that all of us relate to in one way or another. Details for the webinar will be posted when we finalize our speakers and their specific topics.


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 (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. 


August 3
Finding Your Family in Probate Records
The speaker is Diana Elder, a professional genealogist accredited in the Gulf South region of the United States.  Are you a bit intimidated by probate research? Have you located ...

August 9
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 ...

August 11
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 ...

August 17
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 ...

September 7
"I Am Poor, Obscure, Plain, and Little: Researching the Invisible Ancestors"
The speaker, Dr. Michael D. Lacopo, will speak on methods to research ancestors who are "hard to find" or seemingly invisible. If your ancestors had little money, did not own land, ...