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December 5, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
1921 Census of Scotland
Those of you with Scots-Irish ancestry may be interested to know about the recent release of the 1921 Census of Scotland,
The collection is searchable at Scotlands People. If you don't have an account, you will need to register, but there is no fee for searching. What you find in the free search should at least help you confirm the identity of individuals you're seeking.
The 1921 census, scheduled to be taken in April 1921, was delayed until Sunday, the 19th of June. Consequently, some people may have been on holiday and not where you'd expect to find them.
The census includes 200,000 images of 4.8 million individuals. To view detail beyond the free search, you'll need to purchase "credits." 
November 27, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
IGSI announces webinar lineup
Let's finish the 2022 webinars in style...and ring in the New Year's lineup!
(Note: IGSI members receive a discount code by email.)
December 3 - Searching for the Immigration Records of our Irish Ancestors presented by Mary Wickersham
10:30 AM - Noon CDT (UTC-6)
$20 for non-members
Millions of US passenger arrival records are available online; even more are not yet indexed from ships’ passenger manifests stored on microfilm at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. How can you tell when your ancestor came to North America? Searching ship’s manifests and other historical records may provide you with clues about an ancestor’s date and ship of arrival in the US. Major resources for finding U.S. (and some Canadian) immigration information will be discussed and listed in the class handout with links to online repositories and helpful online how-to reading materials.
January 21, 2023 - Irish Church Records: Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland presented by Fiona Fitzsimons
Saturday, January 21, 2023, 10:30 AM - Noon CST (UTC-6)
$25 for non-members  
Church records offer some of the earliest evidence we have for Irish family history. Using the records of the Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland, this talk explores what records were made, what survives, and where and how to access them. Irish church records are an indispensable source for social history and allow us to trace a rapidly changing Irish society.
February 18 - Irish Chain Migration to North America presented by Pamela Guye Holland
10:30 AM - Noon CST (UTC-6)
$25 for non-members  
Our Irish ancestors did not immigrate on a whim. They often followed in the footsteps of other family members or their neighbors and friends. Learn about the history of chain migration including well known routes from specific Irish locations to cities and regions in North America. Discover strategies for recognizing and exploring chain migration in your family. This program is presented by IGSI in partnership with the Yankee Genealogical Society (
Other webinars in 2023: (registration will open 90 days prior)
  • Mar 25: Using Google Earth Pro, Griffith's Valuation & Irish Townlands, to Map and Visit the Land of Your Ancestors, presented by Joe Hunter
  • Apr 22: Ancestors Who Called Canada and the USA Home, presented by
    Annette Burke Lyttle
  • and more!
For more information and to register, check out the IGSI Activities page
All you need to attend is an internet-connected device with audio capabilities (computer, iPad, smartphone, etc.)
Unable to attend the live presentation? If you register in advance, we will send you a link to the recording and handout the week following the program for on-demand viewing at your convenience.
Education Team: Trish Little-Taylor & Walt Rothwell
Irish Genealogical Society International
1385 Mendota Heights Road Suite 100
Mendota Heights, Minnesota 55120 • USA
Visit our website at:
You can reach the IGSI Education team at
November 25, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Another Black Friday special
If you've considered subscribing to GenealogyBank, now may be a good time.
Today only (Friday, Nov 25), GenealogyBank subscriptions are 58% off. Unlimited access for under $4 per month.
Check it out here.
November 24, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Thanksgiving Special Deals
Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers! It's not quite Black Friday, but genealogy specials are already available.
One of the best places to see the full array of current discounts is at blogger Claire Santry's Irish Genealogy News. Click the direct link to find more details about these offerings:
  • Irish Newspaper Archive Half-Price
  • Ancestry DNA kit $59 with 3-month World Explorer subscription for $1
  • British Newspaper Archive 25% off
  • Findmypast 25% off 1- or 12-month subscriptions
  • RootsIreland 25% off annual subscriptions 
  • FamilyTree DNA kit discounts on Y-DNA, mt-DNA and Family Finder
  • MyHeritage DNA kit $36 + shipping, includes 30-day free trial
Expiration dates vary so don't delay! 
November 22, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
"This month at the IGSI" podcast
The newest episode of our podcast This month at the IGSI is available on You Tube:
To visit IGSI's YouTube channel, click on the YouTube logo - either the one above or at far bottom right on our website's Home page. 
Our December Webinar features Mary Wickersham and her December 3 talk: "Searching for the Immigration Records of our Irish Ancestors."  Mary, who is IGSI's Web Editor, also discusses IGSI's website.
Check out our monthly podcast on the IGSI You Tube Channel. The program is called “This Month at the IGSI” and hosted by genealogist and IGSI member Dave Miller.  The podcasts provide the latest information regarding the Irish Genealogical Society International and activities for the upcoming month.
November 20, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Celtic Folkweave

“Originally released in 1974, Celtic Folkweave by Mick Hanly and Mícháel Ó Domhnaill is considered one of the most seminal albums in the folk music genre.” is Ireland’s National Television and Radio broadcaster and publisher of Irish news. Here is an interesting article about classic Irish folk music

Scroll down and you can listen to short clips of 16 songs or listen to the full album on Spotify.

(Thanks to Donna Jones for sharing this wee bit of Irish music today.)

November 12, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
FREE Findmypast & MyHeritage 1950 Census
Two more exciting opportunities for free research this weekend:

FREE ACCESS All Records at Findmypast! This Remembrance weekend, Findmypast is offering free access to ALL records.* Free access is now live and will end on 14 November at 10:00 am GMT. Find your family heroes this Veterans Day. Explore their remarkable stories for free in Findmypast's extensive record collection. Click here.

*Excludes 1921 Census; free access period is 10am GMT 10 November until 10am GMT 14 November.


FREE ACCESS MyHeritage 1950 US Census! MyHeritage has completed its searchable index for the 1950 US Census and you can access all 150 MILLION records for FREE!

The 1950 U.S. Federal Census images were released to the public on 1 Apr 2022--72 years after the enumeration was initiated. Since then, MyHeritage has been working tirelessly to get the entire 1950 U.S. census collection available as a searchable index with the census images, publishing several states each month. The 1950 U.S. Census collection now includes more than 150 million records from all of the U.S. states and territories and is available for you to view, search, and add to your MyHeritage family tree for FREE! Click here.

November 11, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Free access to Fold 3 military records
Happy Veterans Day!
Fold 3 is offering free access* to military records through Sunday, November 13, 2022. Here's their announcement:

Veterans Day is the perfect time to remember and honor the sacrifice and service of our nation’s veterans. Enjoy free access to our Fold3® records collections and discover incredible details and stories about the courageous men and women who have served to defend and protect our country. Explore nearly 600 million records from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, and more.

Learn about veterans who perished in the fight and those who returned. Explore record collections, including prisoners of war records, missing air crew reports, pension records, photograph collections, and much more. We honor the sacrifice of our nation’s veterans and of their families in the fight to preserve freedom. Commemorate their commitment with FREE ACCESS* this Veterans Day weekend.

*Access to the records on Fold3® will be free until 13 Nov 2022 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Registration required. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view records using a paid Fold3® membership.

November 10, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Month of Giving
During this month of giving thanks, we would like to
thank all our members and donors who have sustained and supported us this year.  We depend on your ongoing support that allows us to provide the exceptional Irish genealogical and educational material we are able to share with you throughout the year.
In addition to our core programs, we are using this year’s donations to make some technology purchases that will allow us to expand our virtual presentations to a hybrid model of in-person and virtual.
In November you have the opportunity to support the ongoing work of IGSI by participating in two major giving events this month:
November 17 is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota, when most charities throughout Minnesota coordinate appeals for donations.  Early giving for Give to the Max Day has begun: Click here and help us jump start our effort.
November 29 is Giving Tuesday, when many charities throughout the world make appeals for donations.

You can donate via the GiveMN campaign, or--to donate now or at any time--visit the Donate page on our website. You can donate via credit or debit card using PayPal, or if you would prefer to send a check for your contribution, please mail it to:
1385 Mendota Heights Rd., Ste 100
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
Thank you for your past support for IGSI.  You may have already made a generous donation to IGSI this past year.  If so, we are very grateful.
As always, any support you can give is greatly appreciated, and will support our mission of providing education and information about Irish family history.
Irish Genealogical Society International
IGSI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
November 7, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Ireland XO Message Board
Did you know you could search over 160,000 message board posts and replies to see if your family name appears?
Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) and their 2500 community message boards may be able to confirm facts that lead you to the place where your ancestors once lived or worked.
Ireland XO's "Message Board Masterclass" will get you started and answer your questions. To begin reaching out, click here.
October 30, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Fall Call for 2022
As holidays approach, our 2022 lineup of webinars is winding down.
Don't miss the strong finish coming up!

November 5 - Understanding Irish Place Names with James Ryan, PhD
10:30 AM - Noon CST (UTC-5)
$20 for non-members

This talk outlines the origins and structure of the names of Irish places
and explains the historical reasons for the variations in place names
encountered in Irish records, caused by a process of anglicization of Irish
or Gaelic place names over a prolonged period. We will also outline the land
divisions and places that required naming, and the practices that applied in
this process.

It will also show key sources that are available to help in finding
currently accepted placenames; and the books and websites available to
provide the details of the locations of places; the name variations that
applied; and maps of different scales and vintages. For each source, the
type of information contained will be shown, and how these reference sources
can be found.

James Ryan, PhD is an author, speaker, writer, and publisher who has been
active in Irish genealogy for the past thirty-five years. He founded Flyleaf
Press in 1987 which has since merged with Ancestor Network, Ltd.

His book Irish Records (published by Ancestry Inc.) has been a standard
guide for Irish genealogists since its publication in 1987. His research
interests include church records, which resulted in his editing and
publication of Irish Church Records and Rentals which has resulted in a
series of blogs at

He has lectured and taught extensively and has given presentations to many
genealogy societies. His books include: Irish Records - Sources for Family &
Local History, Ancestry Inc 1997; Tracing your Dublin Ancestors: Flyleaf
Press, Dublin 2009; Irish Church Records, Flyleaf Press, Dublin 2001;
Sources for Irish Family History, Flyleaf Press, Dublin (2021); Tracing your
Sligo Ancestors, Flyleaf Press, Dublin (2019)

Register here:


December 3 - Searching for the Immigration Records of our Irish Ancestors
with Mary Wickersham
10:30 AM - Noon CST (UTC-6, note: local "daylight savings time" will end
before this event)
$20 for non-members

Millions of U.S. passenger arrival records are available online; even more
are not yet indexed from ships' passenger manifests stored on microfilm at
the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. How can you tell when
your ancestor came to the North America? Searching ship's manifests and
other historical records may provide you with clues about an ancestor's date
and ship of arrival in the U.S.  Major resources for finding U.S. (and some
Canadian) immigration information will be discussed and listed in the class
handout with links to online repositories and helpful online how-to reading

Mary Wickersham is a professional genealogist who has been researching her
own Irish roots for almost 25 years. Mary was an early user of
and other major genealogy databases. A past IGSI board member, Secretary,
Treasurer and President, she now invests much of her time as IGSI's Web
Editor and Septs Co-Managing Editor, and was a Co-Chair for Celtic
Connections Conference 2020. She has given many classes for IGSI and other
organizations and is a regular participant in IGSI's Brick Walls panel.
Mary is a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists.

Register here:
 All you need to attend is an internet-connected device with audio
capabilities (computer, iPad, smartphone, etc.)


Coming soon... our 2023 webinar schedule debut, with registration for the
first event on January 21 with Fiona Fitzsimons! Details coming on Saturday,
November 5.

For more information and to register, check out the IGSI Activities page

Unable to attend the live presentation? If you register in advance, we will
send you a link to the recording and handout a few days following the
program for on-demand viewing at your convenience.

Education Team: Trish Little-Taylor & Walt Rothwell
Irish Genealogical Society International
1385 Mendota Heights Road Suite 100
Mendota Heights, Minnesota 55120 * USA
Visit our website at:
You can reach the IGSI Education team
October 28, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Center for Irish Studies Fall Symposium
Learn about James Hack Tuke at the
O'Shaughnessy Library at the University of St Thomas on November 17.
An exhibition, three 45-minute talks and open discussion from 3:30-7pm. Free and open to the public!
One of the symposium speakers is Jane Kennedy, IGSI member and independent scholar, St Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas.
Questions about the event? Contact Director of Irish Studies, Dr.Gardiner,
October 27, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Obit Magnet

Obituaries can be one of the best sources for genealogy leads. When all else fails, hints contained in an obit can break through our brick walls.

Tara Calishain has created a free "Search Gizmo" for finding obituaries.  

She writes, "Trying to find an obituary? Obit Magnet takes a name and death date and generates obituary search URLs for Google Books (newspapers only),,, and Chronicling America."  Obit Magnet searches a 7-day span after the date of death and if that does not find any results, it then searches a 15-day span.

Tara also has other free “gizmos” and some of the categories on the menu bar include Google News, Name Search, Internet Archives and Genealogy.
(Thanks to Donna Jones for sharing this tip!)
October 25, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Your DNA Secrets Revealed
Diahan Southard of YourDNAGuide will be hosting a new DNA program on PBS starting in November. Read a portion of her announcement below:
The show is Your DNA Secrets Revealed, and it premieres on PBS stations across the United States beginning November 26, 2022. It communicates all the things we value in family history and DNA testing. It showcases a wide range of experiences, and helps us see the transformation that learning about your family can bring. I love how this show doesn’t focus just on the moment of discovery, but catches up with these families later, too, to see how this information has impacted them long-term.

This show will only show up on your local PBS station if they include it in their programming. If you live in the United States, will you take a moment to contact your local PBS station and tell them you hope they’ll show Your DNA Secrets Revealed? 
If you'd like to contact PBS about including the new show at your local station, click here.
October 23, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Write for The Septs
A benefit for all IGSI members is online access to our award-winning quarterly journal,The Septs. Digital versions of the October 2022 issue have been sent out via email. The print copy, for those with a general membership, is delivered by USPS.
Did you know YOUR STORY could be published in The Septs
Each issue of The Septs has at its core a specific theme with related research articles. The theme of the 36-page October 2022 issue was MAPS. Upcoming themes are:
January 2023 -- CANADA -- Locating and researching Canadian records for ancestors who either settled there or passed through on their way to America. Deadline for articles: November 15, 2022.
April 2023 -- LEINSTER PROVINCE -- Researching in the 12 counties of Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow; stories about finding family in Leinster locales. Deadline for articles: February 15, 2023.
July 2023 -- CENSUS SUBSTITUTES -- Making full use of surviving Irish religious, land and tax surveys and records; commercial directories, school registers, etc. Deadlines for articles: May 15, 2023.
October 2023 -- TIPS & TOOLS -- An appraisal and review of various tips and tools for genealogists, considering technology as mind maps, timelines, data correlations, and more. Deadline for articles: August 15, 2023.
Articles related to the issue's theme should be 1500 - 2000 words.
Issues of The Septs may also include articles on topics unrelated to the theme. Research methods, sources related to Irish emigration, and case studies are of greatest interest to our readers.The recommended length for articles unrelated to theme is 750 - 1500 words.
You don't have to be a professional writer, nor do you have to be an IGSI member, to submit articles for publication. Our (kind and tactful) editors provide helpful suggestions about how to present your story in the most effective way.
Do you have an idea for an article? Or perhaps you've already starting writing about your family history research? Contact the Managing Editors at to discuss publishing your work in a future issue.
October 19, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Free Online Historical Newspapers

The Ancestor Hunt blog has a list with links for Ireland Free Online Historical Newspapers.  

There are links by County and also some by city.  

If you scroll down, be sure to take a look at Villanova University’s Digital Library.  The digitized newspapers in this collection can be downloaded.

(This was another valuable tip from IGSI Co-President, Donna Jones. You, too, could share your discoveries with other blog readers by sending them to us at 

October 13, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Irish Census Statistics 1926-1991
The Irish Central newsletter has published an article, Irish ancestry unearthed every census since 1926 online, which states, "In 2014, the Central Statistics Office published all of the data it collected from every census since 1926 online for public access, free of charge... For sociologists, genealogists, or any member of the 70 million-strong Irish diaspora around the world, this development could provide a huge amount of valuable information about the development of Ireland and its people."
For family historians, it can add context about population, occupations, religion and birthplace.
Thanks to IGSI Co-President Donna Jones for sharing this (and many other) tips for our blog readers.
October 13, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
GEDMatch and American Ancestors

GEDmatch and American Ancestors recently announced a partnership in which GEDmatch Tier 1 members will receive a discount on American Ancestors membershipa.

Now an additional offer:  For two weeks (October 17th–Oct 31st), all GEDmatch users will have FREE access to all databases at American (excluding external databases). You must sign up no later than October 31st to take advantage of the free trial. No credit card is required.

To take advantage of this 2-week free trial, please visit this link:

October 9, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Don't forget about PERSI
Yesterday's blog posting dealt with the newest YouTube videos at the Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center. Another resource maintained by this important Fort Wayne (IN) library is the the Periodical Source Index or PERSI.
More than 2.7 million, fully-searchable entries from over 8000 historical, genealogical and ethnic publications have been compiled on PERSI.  It is available on both and the Allen County Public Library website. Read more about PERSI here.
Keep in mind you can always query this blog by either Blog Title or Title & Text. Enter a word like "PERSI" (in the Search field above) and you'll find all kinds of postings--some you may find helpful and some "fluff" that might send you down a rabbit hole.
October 8, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Irish resources on Allen Co YouTube

The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center features an extensive collection of YouTube videos and recently added 13 new recordings. 

Most videos link to a handout.  If the description says “Show More”, click it on and you'll find the handout, if available.

Start your YouTube tour here

New videos about Ireland, both with Elizabeth Hodges, include:

Discover Your Irish Family History in Beyond 2022’s Virtual Record Treasury 

Why They Left: A Conversation About the Irish Diaspora 

October 6, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Armchair Travel
Members of the IGSI group traveling in Ireland have been sharing photos from their trip.
You can enjoy the lovely sites and scenery from the 2022 trip by clicking here.
September 27, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Roots Tech 2023
RootsTech, the world’s largest family history conference, will be Virtual and In-Person, 2-4 March 2023.
September 19, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Irish Birth Information and Tracing Act
Effective October 3, the Irish Birth Information and Tracing Act of 2022 will allow "full and clear right of access to birth certificates, birth and early life information for all persons who were adopted, boarded out, the subject of an illegal birth registration or who otherwise have questions in relation to their origins."
This applies to persons who were adopted from Ireland to other countries, as well as persons adopted in Ireland who later emigrated. The new law will be a game-changer for adoptees and families seeking information about biological parentage.
A good summary of the legislation can be found on the website of the Chicago Irish Consulate.
For additional details and FAQs, look at the Irish Birth Information and Tracing website.
September 16, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Catch up on IGSI podcasts
If you're not a subscriber to the Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) 
podcasts, you've probably missed some of the news!
You can get caught up with Dave Miller's reports about IGSI happenings by
clicking here.
While you're visiting the IGSI YouTube address, why not subscribe and
ensure you'll always be up-to-date? 
September 14, 2022 By: IGSI Blogger
Registration open for MGS Conference
Don't miss the North Star Genealogy Conference, October 7-8, 2022, sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society.