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In light of precautions related to Covid-19, 
the Hoffman Research Library and the Minnesota Genealogy Center 
 are CLOSED until further notice.  
No classes, no meetings or research onsite.

Dear IGSI Members:

Many of us are in a “Shelter in Place” due to coronavirus.  If you have finished reading all the books you have available and are as of sick of binge watching Netflix we have a suggestion for you. 
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.

IGSI Webinar

Webinar recording now available to IGSI members! 
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You must be logged in to view it.  Click here for our new Webinar page.   (If you have problems logging in, contact for assistance.)
Instructor: Tammy Priolo
Wednesday, March 18, 2020  7:00 - 8:15 PM (Central)
Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) and the Canadian Interest Group (CIG) of the Minnesota Genealogical Society are partnering to offer an exciting learning opportunity. This FREE webinar is available to all CIG and IGSI members.
Being the 4th largest ethnic group in Canada according to census records, the Irish Canadians have been coming to Canada since the 1500s. Follow the migration trails the Irish took from Ireland to Canada and learn where they settled, becoming part of the fabric of a nation and what information is available on these hardy folk. A timeline of historical migration will be discussed along with available records that created a permanent stamp on their Irish existence in Canada.

Celtic Connections Conference 2020

We are aware of concerns about Coronavirus, and are monitoring news reports.
At this time there are no plans to cancel the Celtic Connections Conference. We are hopeful that the situation will improve in upcoming months.  We will monitor health news and government recommendations, and will keep you posted.
We are continuing to accept registrations.
Read the conference brochure at the website ( and register online.

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!

All Issues of Ginealas Now Available

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

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April 25
How to Get Ready to Search Irish Records
How to Get Ready to Search Irish Records   Instructor: Kevin Cassidy POSTPONED TO Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 10:30 AM - Noon $15.00 ...
May 9
Planning a Research Trip to Ireland
  Planning a Research Trip to Ireland   NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this class will be rescheduled to a date to be determined.  ...
June 13
Irish Catholic Church Records
  Irish Catholic Church Records   Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Instructor: Tom Rice, CG $15.00 IGSI members/$20.00 non-members   ...
July 18
The Connemaras: Despair in the Heartland
  The Connemaras: Despair in the Heartland   Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 10:30 AM - Noon         Instructor: Jane Kennedy, M.A. $15.00 ...
July 30
DNA Workshops - Celtic Connections Pre-Conference events
Lois Mackin, IGSI member, will present: Introduction to DNA & Solving Research Problems with DNA Thursday, July 30 If you are new to working ...