Scheduled classes at IGSI are scheduled as far out as a year in advance. Some of these classes can change so check our schedule online to get up to the minute information.
Location:: Minnesota Genealogical Society Library 1185 Concord St. N South St. Paul MN . The class fee is $10.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members
January 12, 2013 (10-11:30 A.M.)
DNA Testing to Prove Lineage. Dianne Plunkett Latham
In an easy-to-understand manner, this class will clarify how DNA testing will help in your genealogical research. DNA testing can help you make connections with cousins who share your DNA and learn what areas of the world your ancestors came from. It might even help you get over a brick wall. Come and get your questions answered about DNA testing.
February 9, 2013 (1-2:30 P.M.)
Choosing Books for Irish Genealogical Research. Tom Rice
This class is perfect for those of you who see or hear about books but are unsure if they are what you need to help you in your research. As a professional genealogist Tom has expertise in researching the Irish and will be able to clarify which books are helpful for specific areas of research.
April 13, 2013 1-2:30
Irish Records Online
Want some assistance with online resources? Mary Wickersham will demonstrate how to utilize the best of Ancestry.com Irish records and the Irish Family History Foundation database.
May 11, 2013 10:30-12
Hints and Tips for Irish Researchers
Beth Mullinax and Audrey Leonard will present a workshop which will provide tips for Irish research. There will be time for a question and answer format for the participants.
June 8, 2013 1-2:30
Beginning Irish Research
Are you just beginning Irish research and don't know where to start? This class is for you. Come and join our instructors Beth Mullinax and Ann Eccles
July 13, 2013 10:30-12
Favorite Irish Genealogical Websites
There is a wealth of information available on the World Wide Web, but the level of information is not consistent. Sheila Northropprovides an overview of websites which she finds most valuable for Irish research. These sites include general information, official government and special interest sites.
August 10, 2013
No classes. Join us at the Irish Fair in St. Paul!
September 14, 2013 1-2:30 Beth Vought
Griffith's Valuation—the Next Steps
You know how to use Griffth's; you've done some searches and found some names. Now what? Beth will review gathering information from Griffith's. Then she will explain how to map surnames to find promising "clusters" that can narrow your search to specific areas; how to find Townlands on the Ordnance Survey maps; and discuss other ways to use the information in Griffith's to help you find your ancestors.
October 12, 2013 10:30-12 Beth Vought
Civil War Ancestors
Many Irish fought in the Civil War, on both sides; your ancestor may have been one of them. Beth presents some websites where you can begin your search, discuss the General Adjunct source, and explain how to order pension records.
November 9, 2013 1-2:30 Tom Rice
For much of the 19th Century most Irish lived on land that was part of an estate. The records of these estates may list renters and leases along with various details about them and their lives. Find out how to identify the estate owner, where these records are and how access them.
December 14, 2013
No class. Happy Holidays!
January 11, 2014 10:30 - 12:00 Sheila Northrop
Missing Friends: Migration Patterns from Ireland to North America.
This class explores migration patterns based on historical events, cultural norms and occupations from a mathematical probability viewpoint. Data from known sources can assist in identifying probable locations of emigration to likely locations of immigration based on time frames. This method helps Irish researchers in particular as often very little is known about ancestral movement and written records are scarce.
February 8, 2014 10:30 - 12:00 Audrey Leonard
Getting Over and Through Those Challenging Brick Walls.
Are you having trouble with your research, have you reached that inevitable brick wall and don’t know where to look next? Join Audrey Leonard, IGSI’s volunteer researcher, to learn how to problem solve and move forward with your research.
March 8, 2014 10:30 - 12:00 Kathy Lund
Locating Irish ancestors in Canada.
Focusing on a time and a place of immigration will make the task easier. Kathy will share her expertise in Canadian research and invites you to bring your puzzles to the class.
All classes are held at the Minnesota Genealogical Library in South St. Paul unless otherwise indicated in the class description. Classes cost $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Times of classes are next to the title in the descriptions above.
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