The MNJGS came about when one of our members attended the 2014 IAJGS Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah and noticed, to his chagrin, that there was no local JGS representing Minnesota. The present organization is the result of that effort.
We held our first meeting in February of 2015, and proceeded to form the chapter under the non-profit umbrella of the Talmud Torah of St. Paul. A few years later we moved to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest as their focus on community history nicely complements ours on family history. Interest in the MNJGS has steadily grown from both new and experienced genealogists.
We offer programs for beginners as well as experienced researchers. At “beginner” programs, more experienced volunteers offer support through “Ask the Expert” sessions or more informally through hands-on assistance.
Our past meetings have addressed such topics as an introduction to Jewish genealogy, genealogical proof and how to make use of online resources and tools. We have visited a local Family History Center to familiarize ourselves with its many resources, explored a local Jewish cemetery and learned more about the Jewish archives.
As our membership and budget grows, we will bring in outside experts in Jewish genealogy.
Walter S. Elias, President
Susan G. Weinberg, Vice-President