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Hoffman Research Library & Minnesota Genealogy Center Covid-19 status:
While some business are re-opening, both are CLOSED until further notice.
We will send an email to members once there are plans to re-open.
If you are not an IGSI member, you can sign up to receive email regarding MN Genealogy Center re-opening plans.


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Virtual Celtic Connections Conference, available online July 31-August 31, 2020
Join us on a virtual “Journey Home” and learn more about researching your family history!
  • On-demand presentations – No difficult decisions about which lecture to attend! All 25 pre-recorded presentations will be available for you to view whenever you choose.
  • Conference extended from July 31-August 31 – Plenty of time to listen to any and all talks of interest to you (as long as you do so before August 31).
  • Nine live chat sessions with the presenters – Opportunities for you to ask questions and interact with our speakers and other attendees. Schedule will be posted soon.
  • Safe, convenient and less expensive – No risky and costly travel, no reservations, no trip delays. View the presentations from home at your convenience!
  • Renowned genealogists cover a variety of topics – Fiona Fitzsimons, Maurice Gleeson, John Grenham, Chris Paton plus seven outstanding U.S. genealogy experts will address multiple topics and interests. See the complete program listing at our website (
  • Online syllabus — Electronic version of the conference syllabus will include all presentations as well as discounts on digital products.
View our Virtual Conference video!  It’s on YouTube at  Be sure to share it with you genealogy friends and family.

Webinar learning is here!

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Tired of cleaning closets and organizing your genealogy files? Ready to take advantage of some virtual learning from the safety and comfort of your home? You are in luck because IGSI has two webinars scheduled!  All you need is an internet connection. 
Thursday, June 11 - 7pm - 8:15pm
"Irish Church Records" with Tom Rice,CG
$15 for IGSI members/$20 for non-members
Thursday, June 25 - 7pm - 8:15pm
"The Connemaras: Despair in the Heartland" with Jane Kennedy, M.A.
See the Activities page in the left column for more information and to register. 
Can't make it? Within a few days of the live webinar, the recorded presentation will be available to IGSI members on the Past Webinars page.  IGSI members can check there now to watch Sheila Benedict's "Working Your Way to Ireland Using American Records First" and Tammy Priolo's FREE "Following the Irish Trail to Canada & Beyond". 

At Home Research

Researching from home?
Log into the IGSI website and read (or reread) Research Guidelines and Research ResourcesWhile you’re at it, take another look at Surname Interests to add or compare notes with other IGSI members for possible new family members you might not have known existed.  Have fun!
Be safe, be well.

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June 11
Irish Church Records
  Irish Church Records   Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM Instructor: Tom Rice, CG $15.00 IGSI members/$20.00 non-members   For ...
June 25
The Connemaras: Despair in the Heartland
  The Connemaras: Despair in the Heartland   Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 7:00 - 8:15 pm Instructor: Jane Kennedy, M.A.  FREE!!!       When ...
July 31
Celtic Connections Conference 2020
September 12
FamilySearch: In-Depth
  FamilySearch: In-Depth   Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Instructor: Tom Rice, CG $15.00 IGSI members/$20.00 non-members   FamilySearch is ...
September 19
How to Get Ready to Search Irish Records
How to Get Ready to Search Irish Records   Instructor: Kevin Cassidy Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:30 AM - Noon $15.00 IGSI members  ...