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IGSI is a partner of the Minnesota Genealogical Society

Upcoming Webinar

Saturday February 24photo of John Grenham
Mapping Ireland's Records
by John Grenham, prominent scholar of Irish ancestral research
10:30 AM - Noon CST (UTC-6)
$15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code); $20 for non-members  
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February Podcast available for viewing

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In the February edition (episode 2 of Season 8) of the “This month at the IGSI” podcast, genealogist Dave Miller begins the episode talking about the February episode that will be hosted by John Grenham. John’s presentation is titled Mapping Ireland’s Records! John will talk about ways to visualize Irish locations in your record searching such as the households of your surnames in Catholic records or Griffith's valuation or Irish census records as well as local records of birth-marriage-deaths. He will explain how these records can help with your genealogical and local history research. This webinar is scheduled for February 24th.
Dave will also provide the dates for the February “Irish Saturday” event. That date is scheduled for February 10th.
Dave will also be discussing Irish Folk music with a singer and songwriter who grew up in Ireland and has been writing and performing Irish folk music in the U.S. These stories and previous podcast episodes are available on the IGSI YouTube channel and on the website  February 2024
YouTube logoYou can visit IGSI's YouTube channel at any time by clicking the YouTube link above right or at the lower right side of our main page (below the upcoming activities).

Visit our Library

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The 3000+ items of the IGSI research collection are housed in the Hoffman Research Library along with the collections of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, its branches and other affiliates in Mendota Heights, MN near the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Member or not, you can visit our library where you will find one of the finest collections of Irish genealogy and history books in North America. Everyone is welcome. ($10 admission fee for non-members of IGSI, MGS or one of its branches or affiliates.)
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It may be time to start planning a visit to the library for some genealogy research!  The second Saturday of each month is Irish Saturday.
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Research with John Grenham’s Help

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It’s March and time to think about all things Irish.  IGSI recently contracted with John Grenham to offer free access to his website, IrishAncestors (, on three of the computers in the Hoffman Research Library (HRL). This will complement FindMyPast access on every patron computer, which also provides resources for Irish researchers. It will be a significant enhancement for Irish researchers, and for our volunteers who assist patrons on Irish Saturdays (2nd Sat each month), but is only available in the library.
John Grenham has been a ‘name’ and fixture in Irish genealogy since the 1990s.  He is the author of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, now in its 5th revision, and the creator of the IrishAncestors website. You can learn more about the new HRL workstations for accessing the Grenham website to use it in your Library research at this link, which includes some learning resources.
In celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day, in tandem with this new development, IGSI making a past webinar available freely on the website to make best use of this resource. IGSI’s own Tom Rice and Mary Wickersham gave a detailed presentation on both the Grenham book and website. This 50-minute recording is a great introduction and preview of the resource.
You may choose to have your own subscription, which can be for a day ($5.99), a month ($9.99), or annual ($69.99):

Minnesota Genealogy Center
1385 Mendota Heights Rd, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, Minnesota 55120
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February 24
Mapping Ireland's Records
10:30 AM - Noon CST (UTC-6) Instructor: John Grenham $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code); $20 for non-members   Placename and surname are two ...
March 9
Irish Saturday
Stop by the library for Irish research help. Check on the day you plan to visit, to make sure the library is open.  ...
March 23
The Mysterious George Hunter: persistence & methodology prevail
10:30 AM - Noon CST (UTC-6) Instructor: Joe Hunter, professional genealogist $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code); $20 for non-members   Some ancestors ...
April 13
Irish Saturday
Stop by the library for Irish research help. Check on the day you plan to visit, to make sure the library is open.  ...
April 20
Shamrocks in Cyberspace: Irish Genealogy Databases
10:30 AM - Noon CST (UTC-6) Instructor: Michael Brophy $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code); $20 for non-members   Information about our Irish ...