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IGSI's Annual Irish Tea

Saturday, March 14, is the date to celebrate your Irish heritage with other IGSI members at the Annual Irish Tea and Social at the Minnesota Genealogy Center.  The time to gather is 1:00 PM in the Mississippi Room at the MGC.
Our guest speaker will be Rita Davern, a local filmmaker of The Burren Girl.  Rita will talk about her Irish roots’ journey and her film project. Over the past 40 years, Rita Davern (originally Davoren) has traveled the Burren, birthplace of her grandmother’s people in County Clare, Ireland. She knows first hand that, for U.S. people with European heritage, reconnecting to our homeland and our cultural history adds huge richness to our lives. A community engagement artist in her work and in her life, Rita believes the greatest find of genealogy is the living relatives. 
It wouldn’t be a tea without refreshments! And we’ll have something for all to sample. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with an Irish sweet. Check out and bid on the silent auction items at the tea.
Anytime that a group of Irish genealogists gather is the base for a fun event.  The Irish Tea on March 14 will be a great time and place to meet other IGSI members – greet and meet new or familiar friends.   It’s also an opportunity to get the latest news on the Celtic Connections Conference – perhaps even buy a raffle ticket on the hooked rug.

Celtic Connections Conference 2020

The word "Open" as a neon signRegistration for the CELTIC CONNECTIONS CONFERENCE 2020 is now open!
This is the announcement you’ve been waiting for!
The conference, co-sponsored by IGSI and TIARA, will be held at the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel (601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, Illinois) on July 31-August 1, 2020.
Read the conference brochure at the website ( and register online.

FREE on-line learning opportunity!

Free webinar!
It’s a New Year and perhaps time for you to get a fresh start on your Irish genealogy or learn a few tips for filling in those missing leaves on your tree.
So, brew your cup of tea, warm up a scone from the local bakery and check out this free Ancestry webinar with Kyle Betit by clicking on this link:  Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Back to the Homeland
The ‘ad’ for this free webinar states: Who wouldn't want to know more about their Irish roots? Discover key record collections on and back in Ireland, plus learn to tell your Murphy and O'Brien ancestors from the ones down the block.
It is approximately one hour long and no special software is required.  Enjoy!!

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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