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Irish Genealogical Society International

Mission / Purpose

IGSI's mission is to provide genealogical education and assistance to its members and to assist the community at large discover Irish history, culture and heritage.
 
Our Federal tax number is 90-0629967.


Operating Year: January - December 2019


Officers & Directors
President: Ann Eccles
Treasurer: Kim Scanlan
Secretary: Patricia Schoenfeld
Director: Gigi Hickey
Director: Tim Scanlan
Director: Ron Zweber
Director: Barbara Lawton
Director: Nancy Fennessey
 
Committees
Blog: Gigi Hickey
Celtic Connections Conference: Mary Wickersham
Celtic Connections Conference: Gigi Hickey
Editor, The Septs: Ann Eccles
Education: Kathleen Foley
eNewsletter (Ginealas): Gregory Winters
Librarian: Audrey Leonard
Managing Editor, The Septs: Tom Rice
Membership: Charlotte O'Connell
Membership: Kay Swanson
Research: Audrey Leonard
Volunteers: Jeanne Bakken
Website Editor: Mary Wickersham
 

Meeting Info

Board meetings are held at 4 pm on the third Wednesday of each month at the library, 1385 Mendota Heights Rd., Suite 100, Mendota Heights, MN  55120.
 
Please contact an officer in advance if you'd like to attend, just in case we changed our meeting time or location. 
 
You can use the Contact emailer form to send a message to an officer, director, or committee chair.
 
 
IGSI:  40 Years of Evolution
Our history
 
1979 The Irish Interest Group of the Minnesota Genealogy Society formed within the larger group.  According to IGSI history, MGS “decided that the size of the organization did not allow enough time and attention to be given to each nationality and their particular research needs. So each nationality was encouraged to start their own Interest Group.”
1983  Irish Genealogical Society was formed and approved as a branch of the Minnesota Genealogical Society – though the group’s publication continued to be called “Irish Interest Group Newsletter”.
1989 The name of the publication and the society changed. The society was now called “Irish Genealogical Society” and the publication began using its new name “The Septs”, in 1990.
1993    The society’s named changed again, to what we know today – Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI). When applying for copyright on the former name, it became aware of other groups with the same name.  It seemed simplest to distinguish our group.
2011  IGSI separated from MGS – incorporating as an independent organization – yet retained its library collection and office cooperatively with MGS. We continue as affiliate of MGS and partner organization in consortium at the Minnesota Genealogy Center.
 
For an excellent summary of the first 25 years of IGSI, see Val Morrison’s article in the July 2006 issue of The Septs.