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This Week's Library Hours

The Minnesota Genealogy Center hours may vary. 
Library closed this Wednesday, January 12.

When planning a visit, it's wise to check to make sure the library is open.


Announcing our 2022 webinars!

Get ready to be inspired by our full slate of fabulous programming with some of  the most outstanding genealogy experts from across the world!!!
the words "Be Inspired"Going to Ireland? Need help getting focused and not dragged down into the genealogy rabbit hole? Maybe you would like to learn more about how DNA can help you break down some of those Irish stone walls. What new resources are out there for Irish research? Names driving you crazy? What was happening in Ireland when my ancestors lived there? My ancestors were farmers who didn’t even own their land. How can I find out anything about them? Speaking of land…how can I find out where my ancestors lived and what’s with all the places having the same name? Need inspiration for writing your family history? Finally, how did your ancestors get to where they went?
Questions, questions, questions…in 2022 IGSI will have the experts help you to find the answers!
See the Activities link on the left for the full slate of programming. Registration is now open for January and February. Approximately 90 days before the next webinar, registration will open. IGSI members receive discounted pricing using a Discount Code sent to them regularly via member email and published in the bi-monthly Ginealas newsletter.
Are you a computer novice? Not experienced with webinars? Check out What Is A Webinar? and try watching The Connemaras: Despair in the Heartland.
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 the Past Webinars link.
Take the time, make the time to learn more about the craft of genealogy so that you can learn more about the people who helped make you who you are today.

IGSI and Celtic Journeys: Tour to Ireland

IGSI 2022 Trip to Ireland
IGSI members are invited to join other members traveling with Celtic Journeys to Ireland.  We will tour ‘not so familiar Irish gems’ that are off the path of the tourist trail.  We will be traveling counterclockwise around the island, ending up in Dublin 10 days later.  Built into the itinerary are opportunities to spend time researching your Irish ancestors at various libraries and records offices in Belfast and Dublin.  See the Ireland Trip page (members only – please log in to view) for a brochure with details and registration form.

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.
In light of the recent uptick in Covid 19 cases in Minnesota, all persons entering the Minnesota Genealogy Center or using the research library are required to wear masks, effective October 18, 2021.
The Hoffman Research Library is normally open as listed below.  Prior to travel, check the Minnesota Genealogical Society website to confirm the library will be open -
Library Hours - masks required

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.

Minnesota Genealogy Center
1385 Mendota Heights Rd, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, Minnesota 55120
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January 9
Level One Genealogy Research Course (co-sponsored by MGS and IGSI)
Are you relatively new to researching your family? Or maybe your efforts have been on and off for years and you need help focusing and sorting ...
January 22
Traveling in Ireland
10:30 AM - Noon CST (UTC-6) Instructor: Maria Flynn Conway   Free for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members ...
February 5
Focusing Your Genealogy Research
10:30 AM - Noon CST (UTC-6) Instructors: Shirleen Hoffman and Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D.   $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member ...
February 12
Irish Saturday
Stop by the library for Irish research help. Check on the day you plan to visit, to make sure the library is open.  Short-notice ...
March 12
Irish Saturday
Stop by the library for Irish research help. Check on the day you plan to visit, to make sure the library is open.  Short-notice ...