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Library Closure

The Minnesota Genealogy Center will be closed September 30 through October 2 for the 14th annual Minnesota Genealogy Conference. 

Visit our Library

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 to attend our classes and get help from expert Irish researchers on Irish Saturdays.  (On every "Second Saturday," resuming September 2021.)
The Hoffman Research Library is open as listed below. Members and visitors are no longer required to reserve time slots at the Hoffman Research Library.  Fully vaccinated persons are no longer required to wear masks. If you are not fully vaccinated, masks are required.

Library Adds Another Day

It’s just been announced! The Hoffman Research Library increased research hours by adding Wednesdays!
It may be time to start planning a visit to the library for some genealogy research. Look for an announcement soon about resuming full schedule of service hours in September.

It’s time to learn!

Perhaps you will have a bit more time to delve into your Irish ancestry and IGSI can help.
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We have an exciting slate of live webinars for 2021 so put on the kettle to brew some Bewley’s (or sip on some Bailey’s) to learn with IGSI from the comfort and safety of your own home. You will see previews of upcoming webinars in the right column. For more details and to register, click on the Activities tab.
Other webinars planned for 2021 include:
  • Finding "The Hollow" - co-sponsored by the Canadian Interest Group of the Minnesota Genealogical Society
  • Hiring a Professional Genealogist with panelists Liz Gomoll, Bob Johnson and Lorna Moloney
  • Managing the Genealogy Data Monster with Thomas MacEntee
  • Finding Irish Records on FamilySearch and Other Major Genealogy Websites with David Rencher
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 Past Webinars.
Are you a computer novice? Not experienced with webinars? Check out What Is A Webinar? and try watching The Connemaras: Despair in the Heartland.

Minnesota Genealogy Center
1385 Mendota Heights Rd, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, Minnesota 55120

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September 30
Library closed
The library will be closed due to the Minnesota Genealogical Society's annual pre-conference and conference...  see for information and to register.    14TH ANNUAL NORTH STAR ...
October 9
Irish Saturday
Stop by the library for Irish research help. No in-person class today:  the webinar today is online-only.  
October 9
How to Hire a Professional Genealogist
  How to Hire a Professional Genealogist   Saturday, October 9, 2021 - 10:30 AM - Noon PM CDT Panel discussion with Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, Robert Johnson, ...
November 13
Irish Saturday
Stop by the library for Irish research help. No in-person class today:  the webinar today is online-only.  
November 13
Managing the Genealogy Data Monster
Managing the Genealogy Data Monster   Saturday, November 13, 2021 - 10:30 AM - Noon PM CST Instructor: Thomas MacEntee $15 for IGSI members; $20 for ...