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Fáilte!  (Welcome!)

Covid-19 status:
The Hoffman Library will reopen Saturday, July 11.  Open hours:  Saturdays only, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Admission by advance reservation for two hours, limited to 8 patrons at a time. 
If you are a member of IGSI, you  can make a reservation for a 2-hour slot (morning or afternoon) by using the Minnesota Genealogy Center’s Sign Up Genius website. To make a reservation, go to:  A person arriving without a reservation may be admitted if the library is not at capacity. 
IGSI will attempt to have a volunteer available on the second “Irish” Saturday of each month, but we suggest you contact in advance if you plan to visit and anticipate needing Irish expertise available.
If you are not an IGSI member, you can sign up to receive email regarding re-opening plans.


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Virtual Celtic Connections Conference, available online July 31-August 31, 2020
Join us on a virtual “Journey Home” and learn more about researching your family history!
  • On-demand presentations – No difficult decisions about which lecture to attend! All 25 pre-recorded presentations will be available for you to view whenever you choose.
  • Conference extended from July 31-August 31 – Plenty of time to listen to any and all talks of interest to you (as long as you do so before August 31).
  • Nine live chat sessions with the presenters – Opportunities for you to ask questions and interact with our speakers and other attendees. Live chat schedule:
  • Safe, convenient and less expensive – No risky and costly travel, no reservations, no trip delays. View the presentations from home at your convenience!
  • Renowned genealogists cover a variety of topics – Fiona Fitzsimons, Maurice Gleeson, John Grenham, Chris Paton plus seven outstanding U.S. genealogy experts will address multiple topics and interests. See the complete program listing at our website (
  • Online syllabus — Electronic version of the conference syllabus will include all presentations as well as discounts on digital products.
View our Virtual Conference video!  It’s on YouTube at  Be sure to share it with you genealogy friends and family.

Webinar recording available to members!

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"The Connemaras: Despair in the Heartland" with Jane Kennedy, M.A.
The recorded presentation is now available to IGSI members on the Past Webinars page. 
IGSI members can also view Tammy Priolo's FREE "Following the Irish Trail to Canada & Beyond" from there.
Check out Webinar Recordings to view other webinars to watch for a fee.

At Home Research

Researching from home?
Log into the IGSI website and read (or reread) Research Guidelines and Research ResourcesWhile you’re at it, take another look at Surname Interests to add or compare notes with other IGSI members for possible new family members you might not have known existed.  Have fun!
Be safe, be well.

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July 31
Celtic Connections Conference 2020
EVENT RESCHEDULED AS A VIRTUAL CONFERENCE Co-sponsored by IGSI, this event is held every even-numbered year. As a virtual conference, we will have 25 presentations ...
September 12
FamilySearch: In-Depth
  FamilySearch: In-Depth   Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Instructor: Tom Rice, CG $15.00 IGSI members/$20.00 non-members   FamilySearch is ...
September 19
How to Get Ready to Search Irish Records
How to Get Ready to Search Irish Records   Instructor: Kevin Cassidy Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:30 AM - Noon $15.00 IGSI members  ...
October 17
"Tracing Your Irish Ancestors": Come Along with Tom and Mary on a Journey with John Grenham
  "Tracing Your Irish Ancestors" - Come Along with Tom and Mary on a Journey with John Grenham   Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 10:30 ...
November 14
Finding Your Overseas Irish Ancestors: A Case Study
  Finding Your Overseas Irish Ancestors: A Case Study   Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Instructor: Lois Abromitis Mackin, PhD ...