We help each other.  It is a fundamental tenet of genealogy and the premise behind a JGS.

I once spent a snowy winter day in a cemetery taking pictures of tombstones for a friend in California.   Fingers half frozen with cold, I realized that I had adopted her family as my own, focusing on my task with the same tenacity that I would have brought had they been my family.  Sometimes I was on the receiving end of that helping hand.  A young man who had interviewed everyone around the country with a  family name we both pursued, offered me information from his interviews that introduced me to a second cousin.

What you will find as you explore your family history is that you are part of a larger community where you will both give and receive.  The MNJGS is a vehicle to connect those with an interest in Jewish genealogy.  You will find resources on this site, but most importantly we hope you will find a community.

Susan Weinberg


Lightness to Dark: A Member Story

A recent story in the press explored a story of members Ruth and Walter Elias that arose out of a roots exploration.  It presents a beautiful way to honor a tragic story. Read more…

Genealogy Software

Many of us are affected by Ancestry.com’s plan to discontinue support of Family Tree Maker software. Read about Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, some alternatives that will link to Ancestry.

And the New England Historic Genealogical Society offers a YouTube video on additional genealogy software programs that include Ancestral Quest, Brother’s Keeper, Heredis, iFamily, Legacy, MacFamilyTree, Reunion, and RootsMagic. 


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Using This Website

There is quite a bit of information within this website.  Two places that are useful for research are our Resources page and the Meetings page.  On the Resources page you will find many useful links.  Be sure to download the page of links under Our Origins.  On the Meetings page you will find upcoming meetings, but don’t forget to look at past meetings where you will find links to presentations and blogs on the discussion topic.




















































Boy scout helping an elderly man with directions, approx 1920,  Minneapolis, Courtesy of Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives