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Celtic Connections Conference 2020
Friday, July 31 through Monday, August 31
Celtic Connections Conference 2020  (Classes)
In the comfort of your home
EVENT RESCHEDULED AS A VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Co-sponsored by IGSI, this event is held every even-numbered year.
As a virtual conference, we will have 25 presentations and 9 live chats!
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Visit celtic-connections.org for details and registration ($99)
 
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FamilySearch: In-Depth
Saturday, September 12
FamilySearch: In-Depth  (Webinars)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
From the comfort and safety of your own home
 
FamilySearch: In-Depth
 
Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Tom Rice, CG
$15.00 IGSI members/$20.00 non-members
 
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world - and it's over 4+ billion records are available to you for free! Now if you could only find 'your' people among those billions. But have no fear, Tom Rice will be here to help you navigate among the FamilyWearch website. You NEED to attend this clss whether you are a beginner or experienced researcher. You are sure to find tips and techniques to help full in the branches on your tree.
 
Tom Rice, CG is a professional genealogy writer, lecturer and researcher. He is a past officer and director of IGSI and past director of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He is managing editor of The Septs and is a genealogy desk volunteer at the Minnesota Historical Society Library.
 
To participate in this webinar, all you need is an internet-connected device with audio capabilities (computer, iPad, smartphone, etc.).
Register HERE
 
IGSI members can obtain the required Discount code by contacting Kathleen Foley at Education@IrishGenealogical.org prior to registration.


How to Get Ready to Search Irish Records
Saturday, September 19
How to Get Ready to Search Irish Records  (Webinars)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
From the comfort and safety of your own home
How to Get Ready to Search Irish Records
 
Instructor: Kevin Cassidy
Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:30 AM - Noon
$15.00 IGSI members   $20.00 non-members
 
My purpose in giving this talk is to help those interested in their Irish roots with the research process. Specifically, I want to encourage you to begin or continue your quest to find three crucial pieces of information: the name of your Irish immigrant ancestor, his/her parents' names and his/her Irish place of origin.
 
This presentation details what researchers must do before they can expect to have success in Irish records. It can not be stressed enough that researchers must turn every stone in their North American records set to discover three things: the names of their Irish immigrants, the names of the immigrants' parents and their place of origin in Ireland. It is extremely difficult if not impossible to have success in Irish records without these facts. The talk takes researchers from starting with what they know to interviewing relations and then researching records. Strategies and records sets are discussed at length to develop a full set of immigrant relatives to look for answers to parents' names and places of origin in Ireland. The program is an hour-long Keynote presentation with slides that depict examples of records that researchers will find necessary in their pursuit of their Irish roots. Questions are encouraged at the end of the presentation to further discussion and provide guidance for future research. Records to be discussed will include: Death certificate, Obituary, Cemetery, Probate, Funeral Home, Marriage(s), Censuses, Naturalization, Passenger lists, Passport applications, Religious Order Biographies, Newspaper clippings, Military Enlistment, Military Pension, Church records, County Histories and Bank records.
 
Kevin Cassidy is an avid researcher and lecturer on genealogy topics. He has searched his own family tree back to the 8 Irish townlands of origin for his great-grandparents since 1994. Kevin has also had several pieces published in newsletters and genealogy magazines including Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today. His talks are research and strategy centered. Each family tree is unique to itself and he encourages researchers with a plethora of examples and research approaches that will advance their own research goals. He has spoken across the United States and in Northern Ireland, Ireland and Canada through July 2020. He has history and law degrees and a diploma in family history.
 
This class is intended for the general and intermediate level researcher. 
 
All you need is an internet-connected device with audio capabilities (computer, iPad, smartphone, etc.)
 
Register HERE
IGSI members can obtain the required Discount code by contacting Kathleen Foley at Education@IrishGenealogical.org prior to registration.



Saturday, October 17
"Tracing Your Irish Ancestors": Come Along with Tom and Mary on a Journey with John Grenham  (Webinars)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
From the comfort and safety of your own home
 
"Tracing Your Irish Ancestors" - Come Along with Tom and Mary on a Journey with John Grenham
 
Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Tom Rice, CG and Mary Wickersham
$15.00 IGSI members/$20.00 non-members
 
John Grenham's "Tracing Your Irish Ancestors" is often called the 'bible' for anyone researching their Irish roots. Now in its 5th edition (published by Gill Books in April 2019), it is available through local bookstores and on Amazon.
 
Per Amazon, "The fifth edition of "Tracing Your Irish Ancestors" retains its familiar three-part structure, combining a detailed guide for beginners with thorough descriptions of all the useful sources and county-by-county reference lists. Additionally, all the changes that have been brought about by modern technology - internet records and DNA testing, which make research your family background easier than ever - are explained in this indispensable guide."  If your schedule permits, you NEED to attend this class!
 
Mary Wickersham and Tom Rice will lead us through this amazing resource that "can be used by the absolute beginner, the keen amateur and even the more experienced genealogist" (The Irish Times). 
 
Tom Rice, CG is a professional genealogy writer, lecturer and researcher. He is a past officer and director of IGSI and past director of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He is managing editor of The Septs and is a genealogy desk volunteer at the Minnesota Historical Society Library.
 
Mary Wickersham is a longtime member of the Irish Genealogical Society International and the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and a part director for both societies. She has over 12 years' experience as a professional genealogist and lecturer. Her background is in software and websites.
 
All you need is an internet-connect device with audio capabilities (computer, iPad, smartphone, etc.)
 
Register HERE
IGSI members can obtain the required Discount code by contacting Kathleen Foley at Education@IrishGenealogical.org prior to registration.



Finding Your Overseas Irish Ancestors: A Case Study
Saturday, November 14
Finding Your Overseas Irish Ancestors: A Case Study  (Webinars)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
From the comfort and safety of your own home
 
Finding Your Overseas Irish Ancestors: A Case Study
 
Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Lois Abromitis Mackin, PhD
$15.00 IGSI members/$20.00 non-members
 
Most of our ancestors came here from overseas and often we don't know their place of origin. This talk, featuring a Wisconsin Irishman, shows how to find his/her Irish place of origin using the American records he/she and their family left behind.
 
Lois Abromitis Mackin, PhD is a professional genealogist focusing on American and English research. Lois writes for several publications, including The Septs, and teaches about genealogical records and methods, including DNA. In her spare time, she volunteers for several genealogical and lineage societies. She is a past president of the Northland chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a past officer and education chair of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.
 
All you need to attend is an internet-connected device with audio capabilities (computer, iPad, smartphone, etc.)
 
RegisterHERE 
IGSI members can obtain the required Discount code by contacting Kathleen Foley at Education@IrishGenealogical.org prior to registration.