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Upcoming Webinar

Saturday July 20
From Tithes to Griffith's: property and valuation records in Ireland (Webinar)
Presented by Michael Walsh, AGI from County Mayo, Ireland
10:30 AM - Noon CST (UTC-6)
$15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code); $20 for non-members
 
Michael’s talk will introduce major land and property valuation record sources from 19th-century Ireland. This will include the Tithe Applotment Books, early townland valuations and notebooks compiled as part of the valuation process, Griffith’s Valuation (valuation sheets and corresponding maps), Revision Books, as well as other resources underpinning the valuations. Through a logical and methodical approach, we gather and analyze data and bring problem-solving skills to bear for well-grounded research.
 
Michael is a full member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI), the Irish accrediting body for professional Genealogists and leading organization for family historians and researchers there. He serves on the National Council of AGI and has been the AGI Vice President. He lectures on genealogy at City Colleges in Ireland, the National Archives in Dublin, and for the US audiences.
 
 
The Discount Code will be sent to members via email and is posted on IGSI’s member-only webpage (link). You can reach the IGSI Education team at Education@IrishGenealogical.org
 
 
 


July Podcast available for viewing

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In the July edition (Episode 1 of Season 3) of the “This month at the IGSI” podcast, genealogist Dave Miller begins the episode by providing the dates for the July “Irish Saturday” event. That date is scheduled for July 13th.
 
Dave will also talk about the July webinar that will be hosted by Michael Walsh. Michael’s presentation on July 20th is titled From Tithes to Griffith's: property and valuation records in Ireland! Michael will discuss the major land and property valuation records available from 19th-century Ireland: Tithe Applotment Books, early townland valuations and notebooks from the valuation process, Griffith’s Valuation (sheets and the corresponding maps), Revision Books, and other sources underpinning the valuations. Through a logical and methodical approach, we gather and analyze data and bring problem-solving skills to bear for well-grounded research. This webinar will be virtual only and will continue virtual only for the months of August and September.
 
The IGSI co-president Walt Rothwell also discussed some of the projects that is  planned for the remainder of 2024. We are also airing for the first time “Irish History Minute” featuring Janelle Asselin. The first segment is about the Norman invasion of Ireland. Janelle will be providing these segments each month. Each episode will give the family historian a better understanding about the history of Ireland and why our ancestors migrated throughout the country and in some cases traveled across the ocean to North America.
 
These stories and previous podcast episodes are available on the IGSI YouTube channel and on the website Irishgenealogical.org
July 2024
 
YouTube logoYou can visit IGSI's YouTube channel at any time by clicking the YouTube link above right or at the lower right side of our main page (below the upcoming activities).


Irish Fair of Minnesota

The Irish Fair of Minnesota will be held August 9 - 11 at Harriett Island in St. Paul, MN
 
We’re looking for IGSI members to work in our booth and share the word about IGSI at the Irish Fair.
  • 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 IGSI has created schedules for volunteers using Sign Up Genius.  If you want to volunteer, please click on the link below to sign up.   Volunteers who sign up for a shift will receive an admission ticket for the fair the day they volunteer.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084DA5AC22A4F9C16-48744256-igsi#/
 
Thank you for volunteering.  If you have questions, please contact Volunteers@irishgenealogical.org .
 
Even if the shifts are filled, please stop by the booth and see if any of the workers need help… or just a visit!

 

IGSI is on Instagram!

IGSI now has an Instagram account for anyone who wants a new way to stay up to date on the latest happenings with our organization. In addition to regular posts with IGSI news and information, posts will also include tidbits about Irish places, news, and history and happenings in the genealogical community. If you're on Instagram, you can follow us at @IrishGenSI

 

IrishAncestors available in our library
Screen image of the Irish Ancestors website's main pageIGSI has extended our contract for IrishAncestors, available on three of the computers in the Hoffman Research Library (HRL).
 
John Grenham has been a ‘name’ and fixture in Irish genealogy since the 1990s.  He is the author of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, now in its 5th revision, and the creator of the IrishAncestors website. You can learn more about the HRL workstations for accessing the Grenham website to use it in your Library research at this link, which includes some learning resources.
 
You may choose to have your own subscription, which can be for a day ($5.99), a month ($9.99), or annual ($69.99): JohnGrenham.com/subscribe
 
Check out John's how-to videos on his YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@johngrenham2008/videos
 
Access to IrishAncestors on three of our computers complements FindMyPast access on every patron computer, which also provides resources for Irish researchers.


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. ($10 admission fee for non-members of IGSI, MGS or one of its branches or affiliates.)
 
The Hoffman Research Library is normally open as listed below. Check the Minnesota Genealogical Society website before any visit, to confirm the library is open:   www.mngs.org
 
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Mon 10 AM - 4 PM
Wed 10 AM – 4 PM
Thurs 10 AM – 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.
 


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Minnesota Genealogy Center
1385 Mendota Heights Rd, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, Minnesota 55120
 
Questions?  Contact us at questions@irishgenealogical.org

July 20
From Tithes to Griffith's: property and valuation records in Ireland
10:30 AM - Noon CDT (GMT-5) Presented by Michael Walsh, AGI from County Mayo, Ireland $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code); $20 for ...
August 9
Irish Fair of Minnesota
Visit the Irish Fair website for tickets, directions, and details. Stop by the IGSI booth to meet members and introduce your friends and family to ...
August 10
Irish Saturday
Stop by the library for Irish research help. Check  www.mngs.org on the day you plan to visit, to make sure the library is open.  ...
August 17
Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking
10:30 AM - Noon CDT (GMT-5) Presented by Paula Stewart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code); $20 for non-members   ...
September 28
What is your brick wall? (panel discussion)
10:30 AM - Noon CDT (GMT-5) Presented by Tom Rice, CG and Kathy Lund $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code); $20 for non-members ...