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December 2, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
You can still join us!
           Finding Irish Records on FamilySearch
          and Other Major Genealogy Databases
 
          Saturday, December 4, 10:30am – Noon CST
 
David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer of FamilySearch and Director of the Family History Library, will  be with us LIVE to answer your questions after we view a recording of his presentation at the 2020 Celtic Connection Conference.
 
Dozens of websites now offer substantial support for Irish family history research. David will focus on the Irish record collections available on FamilySearch, Ancestry and FindMyPast.
 
Register HERE. $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email)/$20 for non-members.
Make the time, take the time to register now!
 
Can’t make it Saturday? Register anyway and we will send you a recording of the presentation and Q&A. Although you won’t be able to ask David your question, you are sure to get some great hints from David and those attending live.
November 29, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Finding Irish records with David Rencher
Give Yourself a Gift!!  Register now for our final IGSI webinar of 2021.
 
Finding Irish records on FamilySearch and Other Major Websites
Saturday, December 4 – 10:30am – Noon CST
 
As Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch and an Accredited Genealogist with ICAPGen in Ireland research, David Rencher knows his way around those Irish byways and lanes…and has met many an Irish stone wall.
 
Our program will begin with a 30-minute video reprise of David’s presentation at the August 2020 Celtic Connections Conference where David focuses on the Irish record collections available on FamilySearch, Ancestry and FindMyPast. Then we will have almost an entire hour LIVE with David where YOU can ask him for his help and advice in answering your Irish family history questions.
 
$15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email)/$20 for non-members. Register HERE now!
 
Can’t make it on Saturday for the live program? While you will miss the chance to ask David your question, his answers to those with similar issues will help you. Register and we will send you a link to the recording within a few days of the live event.
 
Note: This is the ONLY way non-members can view this program if they are unable to attend since recordings of past webinars are an exclusive benefit to IGSI members.                                        
 
November 24, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
We are thankful for you!
Thank you to our IGSI members and friends for making 2021 such
a great year to hone your family research skills and learn new ones.
 
To close out our 2021 programming year, we have a treat! We will be replaying David Rencher’s fabulous presentation from the 2020 Celtic Connections Conference, then David will be with us live to answer YOUR questions! David is the Director of the Family History Library and Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch.
 
Finding Irish Records on FamilySearch and Other Major Genealogy Websites
Saturday, December 4 – 10:30am – Noon CST
 
Register HERE NOW before you get bogged down in turkey, dressing, gravy and all the fixings.
$15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email)/$20 for non-members.
P.S. While you are on the IGSI website, check out all the great programs available to you in 2022!
November 18, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Finding Irish Records with David Rencher
Finding Irish Records on FamilySearch & Other Major Genealogy Websites
with David Rencher
Saturday, December 4, 2021      10:30am – Noon CST
 
David Rencher is the Director of the Family History Library and
Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is one of the rare few who have earned both credentials: Accredited Genealogist with ICAPGen in Ireland research and Certified Genealogist with the Board of Certification of Genealogists.
 
What does this mean for you? It means we have an expert who will share his knowledge to help you find information on your Irish ancestors!
 
David made this presentation available in August 2020 to the 660+ registrants at the "Virtual Journey Home" Celtic Connections Conference.
 
On Saturday, December 4th we will replay that presentation for you PLUS David will be with us LIVE to answer your specific questions.
 
This session will focus on the Irish record collections available on FamilySearch, Ancestry and FindMyPast. What tips can you learn to help you solve your Irish family history mysteries?
 
Register HERE. $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email)/$20 for non-members.
November 14, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Irish Catholic? Or Ashkenazi Jewish?
Here's another fascinating story about where DNA may lead you.
 
Start reading here.
November 12, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Free Fold3 Access this weekend

Find inspiring stories of your family's military heroes

This weekend is the perfect time to learn even more about your family's military past. Fold3® records let you explore specific events from the lives of your family members who served, filling in rich details that help you understand the lives they lived, and the battles they fought. Search military service records-like draft cards, casualty lists, muster rolls, and much more-in addition to all the other amazing collections on Fold3. Enjoy FREE ACCESS* through Sunday.

 
Start your Fold3 search here.
November 11, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Free military records at Findmypast
FINDMYPAST ANNOUNCE FOUR DAYS OF FREE ACCESS TO ALL MILITARY RECORDS
  • Findmypast will mark a period of Remembrance by making their entire collection of military records free to search and explore
  • All UK, Irish, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and US records are now free to access until 4:00 pm CST, Monday, 15 November
Findmypast is making their entire collection of world military records free to search and explore from now until 10:00am GMT Monday 15 November (4:00 pm CST).
 
By providing free access to over 100 million records from the UK, Ireland, North America, Australia, New Zealand and British India, Findmypast is offering researchers across the globe the chance to honour the struggles and sacrifices endured by their military ancestors through telling their stories.
 
From service records, pensions and rolls of honour to medals, casualties, personnel lists, burials and much more, the free access period includes all manner of resources spanning more than three centuries and covering a wide variety of conflicts ranging from the Napoleonic, American Revolutionary, Crimean and Boar Wars to both World Wars and beyond.
 
November 11, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
November 13th webinar
There is still time…time for you to get organized!
 
As family historians, we often obsess about finding that key piece of missing information. However, perhaps just as important is being able to find the information you already have. Don’t miss our next IGSI webinar on Saturday, November 13th:
 
Managing the Genealogy Data Monster with Thomas MacEntee
 
You can register up until we go live at 10:30am (CST).
 
Can’t make it then but want to see the presentation? Register anyway and early next week you will receive a link to the recording and handout.
 
To register and for more information, click HERE. $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email)/$20 non-members.
November 4, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
MacEntee Manages Genealogy Data Monster
Don’t let the Irish data monster bog you down! Join us:
 
Saturday, November 13 from 10:30am – Noon (Central) 
Managing the Genealogy Data Monster with Thomas MacEntee
 
A former ‘tech guy’, Thomas has over 42 years of experience researching family history. Can you imagine the data he has?!? A lot more than most of us. However too much is still too much. You may already have the answer to your nagging question about your Irish ancestors BUT it may be tucked in the papers under your bed, in the family tree information given to you by your great-aunt Bridget or stored in that image of a census record on your computer. Don’t miss this!
 
$15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent via member email)/$20 non-members. Register HERE.
 
Can’t make it on this date/time? Never fear! Register anyway and you will receive a link to the recording and handout. (The handout is worth the price of admission alone!).
November 3, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
FamilyTreeDNA sale
         
 
           FamilyTreeDNA's Early Bird sale has begun.
 
                      Save up to $70 on DNA kits
 
            Save on Family Finder, Y-DNA and mtDNA.
 
                           Sale ends November 21.
 
                                Start shopping here.
 
 
November 1, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Travel with IGSI to Ireland
The last IGSI members’ trip to Ireland was in 2015, with arrangements by our 2022 trip provider, Celtic Journeys. Seven years between trips - that’s a long time to be away from the home sod!! 
 
The coming trip has added more time in Ireland than the last trip, bringing us to 12 days/11 nights. We’ll be going late in the tourist season, so there will be fewer travelers at our various destinations!! The tour departs Monday, September 26, 2022, and ends Saturday, October 8, 2022. Price is $2,675 per person (sharing a double/twin room).
 
We planned our itinerary to include many not-so-familiar gems that will take us off the better known ‘tourist trail’ of Irish sights. You can check the itinerary and other tour details in our flyer (PDF).
 
One of our new stops will be Slieve League.  ou say, “what or where is that?”  It’s really Slieve League (Sliabh Liag) Cliffs. The Cliffs of Mohr are a third of the height of Slieve League. Better yet, Sliabh Liag Cliffs area is not on the traditional tourists’ smart phone GPS. Did you know that it is located in southwest Donegal along the costal driving route? 
 
Built into the itinerary are opportunities to spend time researching your Irish ancestors at various libraries and records offices in Belfast and Dublin...or just spend the day exploring on your own.
 
Space is limited.  Half of the allotted spaces have already been confirmed, so reserve your place today. We’d love to have you join us!
 
 
You’ll visit Belfast, Derry, Donegal, Galway, Killaloe, Kinsale and Dublin, seeing sights such as the Giant’s Causeway, Slieve League, Glenveagh National Park, the Rock of Cashel and the Cobh Heritage Center. Built into the itinerary are opportunities to spend time researching your Irish ancestors at various libraries and records offices in Belfast and Dublin…or just spend the day exploring on your own.
 
To see photos and learn more about Slieve League (in photo, above right), visit this Twitter discussion (no Twitter account required).
 
Questions? Contact: trip@irishgenealogical.org.
 
Ready to register? Click here to open PDF form.
 
October 29, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Free MyHeritage death records thru Nov 2

 

From last Halloween until the beginning of October, MyHeritage added more than 37 million records to an already enormous collection of death records, burial records, cemetery records, and obituaries — bringing the total to 586,664,785 records. Eleven collections were added or updated, including collections from Brazil, New Zealand, the United States, Poland, France, and more.

 

Click here to read the MyHeritage blog post and begin your search.

October 28, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Taming your data monster
Halloween is coming! Want to see something REALLY scary? Check out your genealogy paper and computer files. Yikes!!
 
Managing the Genealogy Data Monster – Saturday, November 13 – 10:30-Noon CST
 
Thomas MacEntee can help turn your file nightmare into a sweet dream. You will learn the basics of working ‘smarter’ instead of ‘harder’ when it come to managing genealogy data. He’ll cover setting up genealogy projects and tracking them to completion,
using a research log to track research, and how to better manage your genealogy data files.
 
Do be scared! Get the genealogy data monster under control.
 
Register HERE. $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email)/$20 for non-members.
 
Non-members: Are you unable to attend the live event? Register now and you will receive a link to the handout and recording. Note this is the ONLY way non-members can watch the recording at a later time…unless you are a member. Members have access to ALL past recordings. Why not join now?!
October 26, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
James Hack Tuke: Making Connections
 
FREE ONLINE CONFERENCE
James Hack Tuke: Making Connections
 
Saturday, 30 Oct 2021, 1 PM (Irish time)
 (7 AM Central time)
 
Host: Professor Christine Kinealy
with many well-known Irish speakers
 
Information from Gerard Moran: "Conference regarding James Hack Tuke and his emigration scheme from the West of Ireland between 1882 and 1884. He sent out 9,500 people, over 1,200 families to 218 destinations in Canada and the United States, and we now estimate there are over 750,000 of their descendants living in North America."
 
If interested in more information about conference, contact the organizer:
 
Ms. Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer at Galway County Council
or Clifden & Connemara Heritage Society
October 21, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Taming Genealogy Data
You may already have what you are looking for!!
 
Buried in those paper files, in the boxes under the bed, or on your computer may be the exact information you are seeking about your great-grandparents. You NEED to attend the next IGSI webinar to learn the basics of working “smarter” instead of “harder."
 
                Taming the Genealogy Data Monster
                          with Thomas MacEntee
         Saturday, November 13, 10:30am – Noon CST
 
Get organized and register HERE now!  $15 for IGSI members using discount sent via member email/$20 for non-members
October 20, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Autumn issue of Irish Lives Remembered

This issue offers a wealth of articles on Irish lives, recent and distant, and a trove of genealogy tips to help you with your research. Read it here.


Articles: 
  • Fiona Fitzsimons – HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco makes a Major Donation to Trinity College Dublin to Honour Family Links with the College and with Ireland
  • Michael McShane and Catherine Kerr - The Re-Indexed 1821 Census for Cavan is Now Available at Cavantownlands.com
  • Maurice Gleeson – Testing Siblings Helps the WATO (“What Are The Odds”) Tool Hone in on Unknown Relationships
  • Robert Flanagan Stieglitz – Great-Great-Grandfather Thomas Flanagan, A New Yorker Carved in Stone: The Search for His Parents in Cloonfree, County Roscommon
  • Paul MacCotter and Eamonn O’Hanlon – The O’Hanlons of Orior (County Armagh)
  • Eamonn P. Kelly – The Goddess and the Horse-Eared King: Brigid and Labhraigh Loingseach – Ancestral Deities of the Leinstermen
  • Brigit McCone – The Spiritualized Internationalism of Annie Besant
  • Nathan Mannion – John Purroy Mitchel, the “Boy Mayor of New York”
  • Book Excerpt – Ancestral Journeys (2021) by Kevin Terry
  • The Genealogical Publishing Company Book Excerpt – The People of Cork 1600 – 1799 (2017) by David Dobson
     
Regular columns: 
  • Dear Genie (Our Genealogists help you with your research block)
  • Photodetective (Jayne Shrimpton analyses one of your family photos)
  • Patrick's Page (Patrick Roycroft deals with a client at the Irish Family History Centre)
  • FMP Roundup (Niall Cullen lets us know of the new Irish genealogy records that have been added to Findmypast)
October 18, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Face masks required at MGC
In light of the recent uptick in Covid 19 cases, the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) board has decided to once again require that everyone wear masks in all the rooms at MGC starting on Monday October 18th.  
 
MGS will provide masks at the front desk in the event visitors do not have one.
October 14, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Managing Genealogy Data
Overwhelmed by all the bit and pieces of family history information you have? This is for you!
 
 
Saturday, November 13 – 10:30am – Noon CST
Managing the Genealogy Data Monster
With Thomas MacEntee
 
It is SO easy to let the large amount of data involved with genealogy overwhelm you – almost to the point that family history research is no longer fun! Learn how to tackle the three main problem areas of genealogy data: research data, project data and file date so you can put the fun back in your research!
 
Thomas MacEntee is a dynamic author, educator and genealogy expert. Thomas has over 42 years of experience researching family history.
 
Register HERE - $15 for IGSI members/$20 for non-members. Register today and get it  on your calendar!
October 12, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
DNA and genealogy website solve mystery
I love it when mysteries are solved by genealogy,
 
Here's the link to a recent story titled "How DNA and a genealogy website solved a decades-old mystery."
October 7, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Hiring Pro Genealogist & Irish Saturday
What are you doing Saturday, October 9th?  IGSI has some suggestions!
  • There is still time to register for the October webinar, Hiring a Professional Genealogist, 10:30am – Noon CDT. Space is limited so register HERE now. Free for IGSI members (using Discount Code sent in member email)/$20 for non-members.  Maybe a professional can help you break down that Irish stone wall in your tree!
  • Will you be in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area on Saturday? Stop into the Minnesota Genealogical Society for Irish Saturday. IGSI research volunteers are there to help you with your research questions. More information HERE.
See you Saturday!
October 6, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Centerfold in The Septs
In the October 2021 issue of The Septs you’ll see a first for IGSI: a centerfold!
 
However it may not be the pin-up you visualize when you hear the word “centerfold.”
 
Remember, the theme for this issue is Genealogical Education -- why, where and how to become a better genealogist. Who among us doesn’t wish we could become a more effective family history researcher? But how do we decide what specific competencies are lacking?
 
And what does that have to do with a centerfold anyway?
 
At the center of the printed October issue, on pages 98-99, you’ll find a diagram that visually organizes various types of knowledge and skills. The image is called a mind map, and Lois Mackin uses it in her “Educational Self-Assessment” article to turn a daunting list into a colorful and memorable illustration of competencies.
 
If you’re reading this, we know you, too, find genealogy to be an exciting subject. Don't miss the October 2021 journal. Printed copies should arrive by snail-mail later this week; if you're an IGSI member, you can already look at the issue online.
October 5, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Sources for Irish Family History
When researching our ancestors, we appropriately concentrate on primary sources such as civil and church records. We are often left hungry for details about individuals and their personal lives -- rarely-found nuggets which add color and dimension to family history. Admittedly, locating them seems like seeking a needle in a haystack.
 
Flyleaf Press has just published a second edition of a bibliography compiled by James G. Ryan, described this way: 
 
Sources For Irish Family History 2021 is a hugely expanded edition of our existing guide and lists some 6,500 references books, journal articles and other material on 2,500 families. These are mainly accounts of particular families and range from emotional accounts of the people and their ancestral homes to dispassionate and fully documented family studies and pedigrees. They can often put some human dimension to the barren facts available from the usual family records. No church or civil record will tell you that your ancestor was a wonderful singer or dancer; or of the details of their travels or their occupation; nor whether their recorded marriages were the culminations of great romances, or of family arrangements. Such information can, however, be occasionally found in the articles and books listed here.  
 
The publication is available as an ebook for 18 Euros. More information can be found here.
 
October 1, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Hiring a professional genealogist
How to Hire a Professional Genealogist webinar
Saturday, October 9th, 10:30am – Noon CDT
 
Hiring a professional genealogist may be just what the doctor
ordered. Perhaps you are planning a trip to Ireland and would
like to visit the place of origin for your Irish ancestors but just don’t have the time to dig into the records. Or maybe you need copies of records housed in the Ontario, Canada archives for your deceased Irish great-grandmother. Whatever your reason, consider hiring a pro.
 
Join us for our October webinar where a panel of experts will discuss what you need to know to get help from a professional genealogist.
 
The webinar is free for IGSI members (use Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members. Register HERE today – space is limited.
September 23, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
FamilySearch microfilm all digitized!
FamilySearch has announced completion of a gigantic project to digitize their 2.4 million rolls of microfilm! The project started in 1998 and was expected to take 50 years but finished in less than half that time.
 
Remember FamilySearch is totally free! Their collection includes 11.5 billion individuals in over 200 countries! All you need is an internet connection and a FamilySearch account (which is also free). My personal favorite way to search on Ancestry is to query the Catalog by location.
 
Read more about this magnificent accomplishment at the FamilySearch blog.
September 22, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Learn with IGSI!
Two great learning opportunities are coming up:
  • Saturday, September 25 – 10:30am – Noon CDT: How I Found Skunk Hollow with David Trudeau
This FREE webinar is presented by the Canadian Interest Group of the Minnesota Genealogical Society in partnership with IGSI. David will present a case study of how he found his Irish Canadian ancestors using Ontario maps. No pre-registration required. For more information, click HERE.
  • Saturday, October 9, 10:30am – Noon CDT: How to Hire a Professional Genealogist with Lois Mackin (moderator), Liz Gomoll, Bob Johnson and Lorna Moloney
This panel presentation may be just what you need! Perhaps some assistance from an expert will help find that elusive piece of information about your ancestor. FREE for IGSI members with Discount Code sent in member email/$20 for non-members. Space is limited. Register HERE.