Six Reasons to Attend MGS’ Central and Eastern European Genealogy Conference if You’re Irish

This is not an April Fool’s joke!!  Although the title of the MGS conference may have led you to believe otherwise, Irish researchers will find many topics of interest. This year’s conference will be held at the Inver Hills Community college, April 27-28. Please read on for six reasons to register and attend.

1. The evening of Friday April 27, John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., author of They Came in Ships, presents “Discovering the REAL Stories of Your Immigrant Ancestors,” featuring three immigrant families, including the Patrick Sheehan family who left Ireland in 1893. $20 gives you admission to the lecture, plus the dessert social.
2. On Saturday April 28, John Colletta presents “U.S. Passenger Arrival Records, 1820-1930s: Sources and Strategies for Challenging Cases.” No one knows more about these records than John Colletta!
3. Also on Saturday, Ryan Mattke, head of the University of Minnesota’s John R. Borchert Map Library, presents “Using Maps and Gazetteers: How to Match a Place-Name to a Location.”
4. Saturday’s conference also features two sessions on DNA. First, John L. Rys presents “DNA for Genealogists.” Afterwards, Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG; J. H. Fonkert, CG; and David W. Suddarth present “Panel Discussion: Applying DNA to Genealogical Problems.”
5. Got brick walls? Try Glenn Schmitt’s talk “Overcoming Brickwalls: a Case Study” on Saturday.
6. Saturday’s conference wraps up with John Colletta on “The County Courthouse: Your ‘Trunk in the Attic.'”
Not convinced? Saturday’s conference admission includes lunch and an “Ask the Genealogists” session presented by the Northland chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. There will be a 20-table exhibit hall, door prizes, and a Silent Auction.
Cost is $20 for Friday’s lecture and social, $50 (through April 15) for Saturday’s conference, or $60 (through April 15) for both. (Add $5 to the Saturday and combined registrations April 16 and after.) Register at
 (Thank to Lois Mackin for these tantalizing details!)

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