Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota
Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota
Researching Swedes and Swedish Immigration Worldwide

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Monthly Member Offering - Fika!
Sunday, May 29
Monthly Member Offering - Fika!  (Other Genealogical Events)
2:00 pm to 3:15 pm
Live Virtual Discussion
You are invited to Fika! As a free benefit to members, SGSM is offering a monthly, hour-long virtual gathering called Fika. Grab a cup of coffee and logon to join your fellow Swedish family researchers for conversation, learning, and getting to know each other.
Fika is not a class or presentation, but an open discussion where Fika friends can ask questions and assist other researchers. We will kick off each meeting with a quick (10 minutes or so) introduction to Swedish place, document type, or research method, just to get the conversation rolling.
When: Sunday, May 29, 2022, 2:00 PM CDT
Where: Zoom (Members will receive an email with a link to the Zoom meeting.)  
Topic for May: Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG®, will give a brief introduction about locating an ancestor's home parish in Sweden, called "But WHERE in Sweden?". It will focus on American records that can point to a person's place of origin in the old country.
BYOC: Bring Your Own Coffee (and snack)
No registration is required. 

What's Swedish on the Shelves, in the Drawers, and on the Web?
Saturday, June 11
What's Swedish on the Shelves, in the Drawers, and on the Web?  (Programs)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hybrid Program

Welcome Back to in-person programs! And if you aren’t familiar with our home at the Minnesota Genealogy Center, this is your chance to explore it in person or virtually.

Our June quarterly meeting will be a tour of the Hoffman Research Library at the Minnesota Genealogy Center featuring the wealth of resources available for Swedish research there. SGSM’s immediate past-president Virginia Taylor will showcase our collection of Swedish books and maps. Jan Carlson will explain our collection of microfilmed church records and the 3rd Thursday Research Team, and Bob Johnson will give us a close look at the online card catalog and online subscription resources, including ArkivDigital and EmiWeb, as well as the Swedish deaths, graves, and census databases. Equipped with this overview of the wide range of resources available, you will be set to dig in further into your Swedish ancestry. Portions of this tour will be pre-recorded, and portions will be presented live for viewing at home or with your colleagues at the Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Road Suite 100 in Mendota Heights, MN. Please read the following information for other changes you need to be aware of.

Location and Hybrid Participation Options
This will be a hybrid program, with the following options available for participating.
  1. In-person attendance - Starting on June 11, our programs will be held at the Minnesota Genealogy Center (i.e., the MGS Library).
  2. Virtual – The Zoom link will be emailed to all members before the program, and also to non-members who register.
  3. A recording will be available if you can’t attend in-person or virtually.
Starting with this program we are eliminating the quarterly program fee we have requested in the past and you don’t need to register in advance.
For this meeting only, we are waiving the quarterly program donation we will normally request from non-members. To register to participate virtually, send an email to membership@sgsmn.org with your name and email address. No need to register if you attend in person.
COVID Precautions for In-Person Attendees
For those of you that attend the program in person, we want you to be comfortable and feel safe. We will follow whatever guidelines MGS has in effect on the day of the meeting. At this time, masks are recommended for everyone but optional for the fully vaccinated and we will provide adequate space for social distancing. We will notify you prior to June 11 if there are any changes to plans for in-person attendance.