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Have Fun While Volunteering!

The Minnesota Irish Fair is back August 13-15 at Harriet Island in St. Paul.
We’re looking for friendly IGSI members who live in the Twin Cities area to share the word about IGSI programs and services at the Irish Fair.  Sign on to help for 4-hour shifts:
Friday 3 - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 7pm 
Three volunteers per shift -- and a helper or two to set up Friday at 2 and take down on Sunday at closing.
  • Visit with IGSI members and the Twin Cities Irish community
  • Share information about IGSI
  • Enjoy food, music and everything Irish before or after your shift
  • And maybe even connect with cousins and add to your family tree!
This year there is a $15/day entry fee to the Irish Fair.  ($15 if paid in advance; $20 at the gate.)  Volunteers who register to work 4 hours at the IGSI table at the Fair will be eligible for an entry pass for that day.  Sign up to volunteer early!
Email if you want to help!

Visit our Library

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 to attend our classes and get help from expert Irish researchers on Irish Saturdays.  (On every "Second Saturday," resuming September 2021.)
The Hoffman Research Library is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Members and visitors are no longer required to reserve time slots at the Hoffman Research Library.  Fully vaccinated persons are no longer required to wear masks. If you are not fully vaccinated, masks are required.

Library Adds Another Day

It’s just been announced! The Hoffman Research Library will increase open research hours starting next week – August 4. Come to the Library on Wednesday afternoon for research.
It may be time to start planning a visit to the library for some genealogy research. Look for an announcement soon about resuming full schedule of service hours in September.

It’s time to learn!

Perhaps you will have a bit more time to delve into your Irish ancestry and IGSI can help.
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We have an exciting slate of live webinars for 2021 so put on the kettle to brew some Bewley’s (or sip on some Bailey’s) to learn with IGSI from the comfort and safety of your own home. You will see previews of upcoming webinars in the right column. For more details and to register, click on the Activities tab.
Other webinars planned for 2021 include:
  • Irish Genealogy 101 with Tom Rice
  • Comparing the Irish-Rich Databases with Mary Wickersham
  • Finding "The Hollow" - co-sponsored by the Canadian Interest Group of the Minnesota Genealogical Society
  • Hiring a Professional Genealogist with panelists Liz Gomoll, Bob Johnson and Lorna Moloney
  • Managing the Genealogy Data Monster with Thomas MacEntee
  • Finding Irish Records on FamilySearch and Other Major Genealogy Websites with David Rencher
IGSI members have exclusive access to recordings of past webinars. New to genealogy? Check out Tom Rice’s FamilySearch: In-Depth to learn valuable tips for navigating the largest free genealogy database in the world. Or perhaps you are wondering where your ancestors came from in Ireland. Lois Mackin’s Finding Your Overseas Irish Ancestors: An Irish Case Study will provide tried-and-true steps you can use. For more information, log in as an IGSI member and click on Past Webinars.
Are you a computer novice? Not experienced with webinars? Check out What Is A Webinar? and try watching The Connemaras: Despair in the Heartland.

Minnesota Genealogy Center
1385 Mendota Heights Rd, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, Minnesota 55120

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August 7
Irish Genealogy 101
  Irish Genealogy 101   Saturday, August 7, 2021 - 10:30 AM - Noon PM CDT Instructor: Tom Rice $15 for IGSI members; $20 for non-members   ...
August 13
Irish Fair of Minnesota
September 11
Irish Saturday
Stop by the library for Irish research help. No in-person class today:  the webinar today is online-only.  
September 11
Comparing the Irish-Rich Genealogy Databases
  Comparing the Irish-Rich Genealogy Databases   Saturday, September 11, 2021 - 10:30 AM - Noon PM CDT Instructor: Mary Wickersham $15 for IGSI members; $20 for ...
September 25
Finding "The Hollow" - The McDonalds and Doyles in St. Marys, Ontario
  Finding "The Hollow" - The McDonalds (McDonnells) and Doyles in St. Marys, Ontario   Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 10:00 AM - Noon PM CDT David Trudeau ...