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Fáilte!  (Welcome!)

Minnesota Genealogy Center hours may change

Check the Minnesota Genealogical Society website before your visit:

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.
The Hoffman Research Library is normally open as listed below.  Prior to travel, check the Minnesota Genealogical Society website to confirm the library will be open -
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Masks are recommended for everyone, but optional for the fully vaccinated.


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.

Making Connections

MakingChart wtih Surname Interests, showing growth to over 700 entries connections– finding an elusive ancestor or family connection – discovering that special link to another family member … these are the dreams of every family genealogist.  The surname database is a tool to help locate other IGSI members who are researching the same family name as you.
Have you entered the surnames of your Irish ancestors into IGSI’s surname database?  There is always a hope that collaborating with a distant cousin will help you break through your “brick wall,” so please give it a try!
Procedures are on the Surname Interests page.

IGSI and Celtic Journeys: Tour to Ireland

IGSI 2022 Trip to Ireland
IGSI members are invited to join other members traveling with Celtic Journeys to Ireland.  We will tour ‘not so familiar Irish gems’ that are off the path of the tourist trail.  We will be traveling counterclockwise around the island, ending up in Dublin 10 days later.  Built into the itinerary are opportunities to spend time researching your Irish ancestors at various libraries and records offices in Belfast and Dublin.  See the Ireland Trip page for a brochure with details and registration form.
Registration for the trip is now open to non-members!  We have a few openings remaining.

Learn! A new space on the IGSI website

By Donna Jones and Eileen Kelly
Learning about Irish history and about the records of our ancestors can help us learn about the context of their lives.  The Irish Genealogical Society International is excited to roll out a new section in our website called “Learn.”  Learn provides a roadmap for learning about our Irish heritage and family history.graphic with "visit out new Learn pages"
Start with the video; it provides an overview of this new section.  Each of the four parts introduces methodology in a logical step-by-step approach so we can benefit wherever we are in our research. 
Start Here gets us started and organized; the Introduction to Genealogy article introduces the methodology of genealogy.
New Home provides key sources for the country where our ancestors settled after leaving Ireland.  We need to know this to research and identify the Irish place our ancestors originated.
Search in Ireland provides in-depth information and resources specific to Ireland or Scotland.
More Help provides specialized information to expand our knowledge, such as DNA, maps, newspapers, etc. 
The design and implementation of the Learn section has been a collaboration spearheaded by Donna Jones, with contributions from the technical and education committees, Kathleen Foley, Mike Flynn, Mary Wickersham, Dave Miller, Jane Kennedy, Lois Mackin, and Eileen Kelly.
We invite you to check out the new section on the website and learn more about the skills of family research!  Click here to connect to Learn.


Announcing our 2022 webinars!

Get ready to be inspired by our full slate of fabulous programming with some of  the most outstanding genealogy experts from across the world!!!
the words "Be Inspired"Going to Ireland? Need help getting focused and not dragged down into the genealogy rabbit hole? Maybe you would like to learn more about how DNA can help you break down some of those Irish stone walls. What new resources are out there for Irish research? Names driving you crazy? What was happening in Ireland when my ancestors lived there? My ancestors were farmers who didn’t even own their land. How can I find out anything about them? Speaking of land…how can I find out where my ancestors lived and what’s with all the places having the same name? Need inspiration for writing your family history? Finally, how did your ancestors get to where they went?
Questions, questions, questions…in 2022 IGSI will have the experts help you to find the answers!
See the Activities link on the left for the full slate of programming. Registration is now open for April, May and June. Approximately 90 days before the next webinar, registration will open. IGSI members receive discounted pricing using a Discount Code sent to them regularly via member email and published in the bi-monthly Ginealas newsletter.
Are you a computer novice? Not experienced with webinars? Check out What Is A Webinar? and try watching The Connemaras: Despair in the Heartland.
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 the Past Webinars link.
Take the time, make the time to learn more about the craft of genealogy so that you can learn more about the people who helped make you who you are today.

Minnesota Genealogy Center
1385 Mendota Heights Rd, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, Minnesota 55120
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June 4
The Power of Names in Irish Family History
10:30 AM - Noon CDT (UTC-5) Instructor: David Ouimette $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members   ...
June 11
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.  Short-notice ...
July 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.  Short-notice ...
July 16
An Overview of Irish History
10:30 AM - Noon  CDT (UTC-5) Instructor: Paul MacCotter A free event for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members ...
August 6
An Irish Farm History
10:30 AM - Noon CDT (UTC-5) Instructor: Chris Paton $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members   Genealogist ...