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The William J. Hoffman Library and Research Center will be closed Wednesday, February 20th, due to an expected snow storm. The library will be open normal hours on Thursday, February 21.
Metro Chicago welcomes CCC 2020
The Irish Genealogical Society International is pleased to announce that the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel (601 N. Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL, 60090) will be the site of the Celtic Connections Conference on July 31-August 1, 2020. Offering the 2020 conference in the greater Chicago area opens this genealogical experience to more Irish and Celtic family historians in the Upper Midwest.
The perfect venue at the Westin Chicago North Shore
  • 4-star hotel with excellent conference space and low conference lodging rate
  • 15 miles from O’Hare International Airport and its non-stop flights to 217 destinations
  • Easy access to 7 major Chicago-area Interstate highways
  • 2 full days of presentations by internationally-renowned Irish and Scottish genealogy experts
  • Tours, workshops, cultural offerings, and opportunities to connect with other researchers
This 2020 event, co-sponsored by the Irish Genealogical Society International, Inc. (IGSI) and The Irish Ancestral Research Association, Inc. (TIARA), will be the fourth biennial Celtic Connections Conference. The first three – 2014 in Boston, 2016 in Minneapolis, 2018 in Boston – received rave reviews from participants. Impressive rosters of international and U.S. genealogy experts provided valuable guidance on topics related to Irish/Scots-Irish/Scottish/Welsh ancestry.
Save the date (July 31- August 1, 2020) and start planning now to attend this exciting conference! Watch for future announcements as the 2020 speakers and conference events are confirmed. In the meantime, visit the conference website ( ) to read about the 2018 event and to sign up for our mailing list to receive additional conference announcements automatically.  Registration will open in early 2020.

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March 9
Irish Saturday
The second Saturday of most months is "Irish Saturday," when the library is staffed by IGSI members.  These are a good time to come in ...
March 29
IGSI director Kay Swanson will be attending the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society's Gene-A-Rama at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Onalaska, WI.  She ...
March 30
Minnesota Genealogical Society 50th Anniversary Open House Celebration
Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Minnesota Genealogical Society at a fun-filled Open House at the MN Genealogical Center.  This free event ...
April 13
Irish Saturday at our Library
The second Saturday of most months is "Irish Saturday," when the library is staffed by IGSI members.  These are a good time to come in ...