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Library Closure

The Hoffman Research Library is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 4 to 8 p.m. Members of MGS, its branches, and its library partners may reserve time slots at the Hoffman Research Library reservation signup page.  
If you are not an IGSI member, you can sign up to receive email regarding re-opening plans for access to the public.

Thanks to Our 2020 Volunteers!

By Ann Eccles
Volunteers are traditionally honored during the month of April. This year the week to recognize volunteers is April 18-24, so at this time, I would like to recognize the many people who contributed their time and talent to IGSI activities in 2020. 
As a totally volunteer organization, IGSI functions only with the help of members who step forward to help with many tasks. The largest number were members who volunteered to help with the virtual Celtic Connections Conference (too many to list here).To see the full list of ‘’thank yous” to conference volunteers, view the 2020 Conference video.
Sign with the words "thank you" and a flower
Some of the same people who helped with the conference also had a role in other Society activities in 2020. Those who served on the IGSI Board of Directors: Ann Eccles, Kim Scanlan, Tim Scanlan, Gigi Hickey, Pat Schoenfeld, Kay Swanson, Nancy Fennessey, and Ron Zweber.
Our e-newsletter (Ginealas) highlights the work of a number of volunteers: Greg Winters, as editor, with contributions from Mary Wickersham, Gigi Hickey, Fern Wilcox, Sarah Martin, Char O’Connell, Kevina Munnich, Audrey Leonard, Ann Eccles, Kathleen Foley, and Kay Swanson.
Mary Wickersham chaired the Technology Committee, which also included Tom Rice, Bob Zimmerman, Randi Helgeson, Char O’Connell, and Greg Winters, as well as Board members Ann, Pat, Kay and Kim. Mary also maintains the website and send most of the emails to members.
Gigi Hickey prepared and posted items to the IGSI blog. Jeanne Bakken coordinated volunteers and Kay Swanson and Char shared Membership Committee responsibilities. Char also promoted IGSI on social media. Audrey Leonard served as IGSI Librarian and main Researcher. Special thanks go to Maureen Meier and Mary Schowalter who responded to the request to barcode IGSI library materials. Maureen completed the project just a month ago.
Kathleen Foley coordinated educational offerings in 2020 becoming a “webinar guru” when in-person classes were no longer a possibility. Thanks to 2020 IGSI webinar presenters: Tammy Priolo, Jane Kennedy, Sheila Benedict, Tom Rice, Mary Wickersham, Kevin Cassidy, and Lois Mackin.

It’s time to learn!

Perhaps you will have a bit more time to delve into your Irish ancestry and IGSI can help.
The wordsd "online learning" on a laptop screen
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:
  • The Burren Girl movie and discussion with Rita Davern
  • The Unplanned Irish Immigration to Canada with Melanie McComb
  • Comparing the Irish-Rich Databases with Mary Wickersham
  • Hiring a Professional Genealogist with panelists Liz Gomoll, Bob Johnson and Lorna Moloney
  • 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.

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May 8
Genealogical Treasures in Irish Archives
  Genealogical Treasures in Irish Archives   Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 10:30 AM - Noon PM CDT Instructor: David Ouimette, CG, CGL $15.00 IGSI members/$20.00 non-members ...
June 12
Burren Girl - documentary film and discussion
  Burren Girl - documentary film and discussion   Saturday, June 12, 2021 - 10:30 AM - Noon PM CDT Instructor: Rita Davern FREE!   Rita Davern ...
July 10
The Unplanned Irish Immigration to Canada
  The Unplanned Irish Immigration to Canada   Saturday, July 10, 2021 - 10:30 AM - Noon PM CDT Instructor: Melanie McComb $15 for IGSI members; $20 ...
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   ...
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 ...