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Research Help by IGSI Staff


In general, IGSI staff will search IGSI’s Library for the information requested by  members.

With your request for research, send

  • fill out the research form at link below
  • all the genealogical information you have that will help us in your research,
  • your IGSI membership number,
  • your contact information in case additional information is needed to complete research (mailing / e-mail address OR Self Addressed Stamped Envelope -SASE).

Payment: Research of most indexed publications is free. You pay for copies (30 cents per page), postage, and unusual packaging if needed. Do not send payment when requesting the search. When we know the cost, we’ll contact you.

To start your research help click here for the research form.



Searching specific non-indexed sources or studies

  • Townland Map copies: Cost of reproduction of the large maps is rounded up to nearest dollar. If map is rolled for mailing, cost of tube is $1.50. Should you want a part of the townland map showing where your town/townland is located, it can be copied for $.50 per page.
  • Specific Sources: Research of the following IGSI Library sources is $15.00 per hour for members and $30.00 per hour for non-members. Member may set a maximum amount to pay. [Note: A one-name search is usually not over three (3) hours.] If you don’t find a publication that seems promising listed below, send us a query and we will advise you if it can be searched. These are our usual sources:


  1. Emigrant Savings Bank, New York - must have first names and approximate years in NY.
  2. O’Kiefe, Coshe Mang, Slieve Lougher and Upper Blackwater in Ireland, 16 volumes, usually referred to as the “Casey’s Collection” (East Kerry & West Cork only) - submit first name, surname, and location in Cork or Kerry if possible.
  3. Irish Passenger Lists in our library sources (both books & CDs) - submit surname(s), first names, approximate age and year of arrival into a U.S. port.
  4. The Search for Missing Friends, all eight volumes, 1851 – 1905 (books contain Irish Immigrant advertisements placed in the Boston Pilot.) - submit names, and if possible, location in Ireland.
  5. Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis films for parishes identified as Irish (IGSI now has them all and a few others)


  • A study of a surname in a known County in Ireland: For $10 the surname(s) will be ‘mapped’ out on a parish map of the County. If a couple married in Ireland, we will do both surnames for the same price on the same map. If the surname is too numerous to get a meaningful result, you will be notified and there will be no charge.


If you have any questions for our Research Staff, feel free to ask.