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November 16 Class Postponed

This Saturday's class has been postponed until Spring 2020.

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Give to the Max logo for November 14, 2019
Thursday November 14, 2019 is Give to the Max Day, when most charities throughout Minnesota coordinate appeals for donations. 
 The recent IGSI survey indicates members want more educational opportunities! This is challenging since 50% of our members live outside the Twin Cities. 
Audrey Leonard teaches a class at the Minnesota Genealogy Center
IGSI is dedicated to providing genealogical education and assistance to its members. In 2020, we  would like to expand our educational opportunities by offering webinars so all our members can participate, no matter where they live. Our goal is to raise $5,000 during this Give to the Max effort. Will you join us in reaching out? Who knows – the next breakthrough in that family tree brick wall may be yours!
Webinar technology will help us reach all our members.  Help us make that a reality by contributing to our education fund!

If you have not already done so, please consider donating now by going to the Give to the Max Donation page to make a quick donation using your credit card or PayPal account.

You may have already made a generous donation to IGSI this past year.  If so, we are very grateful.
You may also use the form below (log in to have your name and address auto-filled) to print and mail with your check, or simply put a check in the mail to us.
As always, any support you can give is greatly appreciated, and will support our mission of providing education and information about Irish family history.
Irish Genealogical Society International
1385 Mendota Heights Rd., Ste. 100
Mendota Heights, MN  55120
IGSI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Celebrating 40 years of Irish Genealogy!
Come to the Minnesota genealogy center on Sunday afternoon, November 17, and celebrate IGSI’s 40 years as a genealogy society.  We’ll start the event about 1 PM.  We’ll have cake and treats; some social time; sharing a bit of history and future plans for the organization; and receive some wisdom and inspiration from our guest speaker.
40 year anniversary logo, photo of Patrick Mosher, and Wisdom 4 Humanity logo
Patrick Mosher is an author, speaker, advisor, consultant, coach, mentor, teacher, husband, father and granddaddy.  After retiring from his 28 year consulting career as partner at Accenture, his new mission is Wisdom 4 Humanity – sharing wisdom to enrich the human experience. Most recently, he conducted his Annual Wisdom Council in Glendalough, Ireland. Patrick has delivered a TedX talk and is a keynote speaker to international audiences! 
And of course, he carries his Irish heritage proudly. 
Looking Back for a Hopeful Future
We share a proud Irish heritage.  Researching and carefully building our heritage stories is a journey for truth and wisdom.  Why is this important?  By sharing our stories with future generations, we translate and transmit the very core of our family values.  We share wisdom and preserve the ways – ensuring a hopeful future.   
"Are you ready to step through the portal... and DELIVER your life's mission?  Let's Change the World for GOOD"  Wisdom Council

Need some help with your family tree?

Tom Rice, CG, had a terrific “Irish Genealogy 101” class on Saturday, September 21st.  While you REALLY needed to be at Tom’s class (we hope to offer it again in 2020!), his handout contains dozens of helpful sources that could of assistance to you. It is available in the IGSI Store.  Check it out!

Celtic Connections Conference 2020: Update

CCC Planning Committee
An acclaimed group of Irish, Scottish, Welsh and U.S. genealogists has been confirmed for the July 31 - August 1, 2020 conference. A great conference venue (Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel) combined with two full days of Irish genealogy, history, and culture ensure a stimulating experience for family historians.
This will be the fourth biennial genealogy conference co-sponsored by the Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) and The Irish Ancestral Research Association. (TIARA). Successful conferences in Boston (2014 and 2018) and Minneapolis (2016) have steadily grown the event. Plan to be part of the next conference.
Beautiful conference venue
The conference venue is the Westin Chicago North Shore, a luxury 4-star hotel in Wheeling, IL, with easy access to O’Hare Airport and seven major interstate highways.
A special conference rate of $129 per night is available for Wednesday, July 29, through Sunday, August 2. Reservations must be made through the Celtic Connections Conference website – or specify “Celtic Connections Conference” if you reserve by phone.
Pre-conference activities
We plan to offer pre-conference activities for Thursday, July 30. Consider scheduling an additional day to take advantage of these conference “extras”:
  • Two basic-level DNA classes
  • A round-trip bus trip to the Newberry Library for those who might like to research or, tour other popular Chicago sites;
  • An evening reception
The Celtic Connections Conference 2020 is less than ten months away! Registration for the conference will open early in 2020. More information can be found at

All Issues of Ginealas Now Available

Members can now access all past issues of Ginealas by clicking this link.   

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November 16
Finding Overseas Ancestors: An Irish Case Study
NOTE:  This class has been postponed until Spring 2020.   Most of our ancestors came here from overseas, and often we don’t know their ...
November 17
Celebrating 40 years of Irish Genealogy!
Come to the Minnesota genealogy center on Sunday afternoon, November 17, and celebrate IGSI’s 40 years as a genealogy society.  We’ll start the event ...
December 14
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 ...
July 31
Celtic Connections Conference 2020
Registration will open in early 2020.   See for details.