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IGSI Library & Research Collection

Update November 30, 2021: 
Are you planning a visit to our library this week, or sometime soon?     It's always wise to check the Minnesota Genealogical Society's website main page ( for current hours, as the schedule can change on short notice. 
The library has limited hours this week due to a shortage of volunteers:
  • Wednesday December 1 - Closed
  • Thursday December 2 -  Closed 10:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m..  Open 4:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday December 4 - Closed
The closure this Saturday does not impact our scheduled webinar, Finding Irish Records on FamilySearch and Other Major Genealogy Databases, with David Rencher.  Registration is still open  HEREThe Hoffman Research Library is open as listed below.  In light of the recent uptick in Covid 19 cases in Minnesota, all persons entering the Minnesota Genealogy Center or using the research library are required to wear masks, effective October 18, 2021.The Hoffman Research Library is open as listed below. 

The second Saturday of each month is Irish Saturday when IGSI members are present to help researchers.  Normal hours for the library:


It may be time to start planning a visit to the library for some genealogy research!
The library will be closed on the following days:
Thurs - Nov 25, 2021
Sat - Dec 25, 2021
Sat - Jan. 1, 2022
If you are doing Irish research and haven't visited the library collection of the Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) at the Minnesota Genealogy Center (MGC), you may be working too hard at trying to find what is readily available at the library.

The 3000+ items of the IGSI research collection are housed in the Hoffman Research Library along with the collections of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, its branches and other affiliates. Research collections of other Minnesota-based ethnic groups are part of the 20,000+ volume library: Canadian, Czechoslovakian, English-Welsh, Finnish, Norwegian, Ostfriesland, Polish, Pommern, Swedish. You will find, in one convenient location, a wide variety of Minnesota, U.S. and international resources. What American-Irish family doesn't include some non-Irish?

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