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Minnesota Genealogy Center hours may change

Check the Minnesota Genealogical Society website before your visit:


Visiting the Minnesota Irish Fair?

The Minnesota Irish Fair is back August 12 - 14 at Harriet Island in St. Paul.
Coming to the Twin Cities for the Fair?  While you're there, visit our library on August 13for Irish Saturday.  See our Library page for information about our collection.
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 - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm 
Three volunteers per shift -- helpers will be needed to set up on Friday 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.  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!

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.

Connemara Patch sign dedication

As announced in Ginealas,in honor of the past inhabitants of Connemara Patch, their descendants will hold a dedication ceremony near the newly installed sign on August 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm.  Further information can be found in the press release: Connemara Patch press release and

IGSI has a new You Tube Channel

Check out a monthly podcast on the IGSI You Tube Channel. The program called “This Month at the IGSI” and hosted by genealogist and IGSI member  Dave Miller will provide the latest information regarding the Irish Genealogical Society International and what activities are planned for the upcoming month.
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Dave says that the first couple of podcasts will start out briefly talking about events that are planned for the coming month. Eventually, we plan to interview some of the speakers for the upcoming webinars and talk to those who will be involved in events for that month.

This is another social media source that people can access to receive the latest news and information within the IGSI! You have always been able to obtain the latest news on IGSI through our website. Plus, you can locate us on the other social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. You can find the first (July 2022) podcast on the IGSI’s You Tube channel now.

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.

Wed 10 – 4 PM
Thurs 10 – 8 PM
Sat 10 AM – 4 PM

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.

An Irish Farm History

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August 6
10:30 AM - Noon CDT (UTC-5)
Instructor: Chris Paton
A free event for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members
Genealogist Chris Paton will draw together many potential land and vital records resources to tell the story of an Irish family and their farm in County Kilkenny across the 19th and 20th centuries. Using an array of resources (vital records, newspapers, land records, census and military records) he will show how the genealogical narrative of the family was established from the 1820s to the mid-20th century. Along the way he will take the family's and property's story from its humblest of agricultural beginnings, to a dramatic episode of the Irish Civil War, and beyond.
All you need to attend is an internet-connected device with audio capabilities (computer, iPad, smartphone, etc.)

IGSI members will receive a Discount code via email.
You can reach the IGSI Education team at

Celtic Connections Conference Registration Open

The 2022 Celtic Connections Conference, Journey Home,
July 9 - September. 
From our friends at The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA).
Visit the Conference website at

Minnesota Genealogy Center
1385 Mendota Heights Rd, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, Minnesota 55120
Questions?  Contact us at

August 12
Irish Fair of Minnesota
IGSI will be at the Irish Fair! Stop by to visit - or send an email to if you'd like to help!  ...
August 13
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.  ...
September 10
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 ...
September 14
Turning Dry Facts into Exciting Details
7:00 - 8:30 PM CDT (UTC-5) Instructor: Carol Baxter $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members   ...
September 26
Ireland Trip
We are scheduled to fly into and out of the DublinAirport, conveniently located approximately 10 km north of Dublin city centre.  From the airport ...