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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 2023

Officers & Directors
Co-President: Donna Jones
Co-President: Ron Zweber
Treasurer: Mike Flynn
Secretary: Jeanne Bakken
Director: Trish Ann Little-Taylor
Director: Sandra Mc Laughlin
Director: Dave Miller
Director: Walt Rothwell
Director: Patrick Sheehan
Director: Kay Swanson
Membership: Kay Swanson
Librarian: Ann Eccles
Research: Vacant
Volunteers: Jeanne Bakken
eNewsletter (Ginealas): Gregory Winters
Blog: Gigi Hickey
Podcasts: Dave Miller
Education Co-Chair: Trish Ann Little-Taylor
Education Co-Chair: Walt Rothwell
Editor, The Septs: Mary Stuart
Associate Editor, The Septs: Kim White
Managing Editor, The Septs: Gigi Hickey
Managing Editor, The Septs: Mary Wickersham
Website Editor: Mary Wickersham

Meeting Info

Virtual Board meetings are held the third week of each month.
Please contact an officer in advance if you'd like to attend, just in case we changed our meeting time. 
You can use the Contact emailer form to send a message to an officer, director, or committee chair.

The Hoffman Research Library is located at the

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

IGSI:  Over 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.