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The library is now open Mondays!
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Upcoming Webinar

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Finding the Irish in Britain (Webinars) GoToWebinar with a recording available to all registrants
Saturday, September 16
GoToWebinar with a recording available to all registrants
10:30 AM - Noon CST (UTC-6)
Instructor: Chris Paton
$15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code); $25 for non-members
From 1801 to 1922, the modern Republic of Ireland was part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, with Northern Ireland still a member to this day. Various UK repositories contain material that can help to flesh out the stories of those seeking work in Britain which, in some cases, can plug gaps resulting from missing records in Ireland. These include census substitutes such as the Ulster Covenant, British poor law records and removals back to Ireland, civil registration records in Britain; also, for British administered territories overseas, censuses, and other documentary sources.
In this session Chris Paton will explore the records of the Irish in Britain, and show how they can be used to further progress our Irish family history research.
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Member perk: access to webinar recordings

If you missed any of IGSI’s excellent educational webinars, there’s still time to view many of them!
Available to members only!
Recordings of about two dozen IGSI webinars – with their class handouts - are available through our website.  Log in, then click the Webinar recordings link, below Past Webinars
Several webinar recordings are currently available to members free of charge. For-fee viewings can be purchased (by members only) for $15 using the webinar’s “Buy Now” button.
Check out the list soon, as some of our earliest webinars will be removed from the list at the contractual time limit (usually two years).

September Podcast available for viewing

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In “This month at the IGSI” podcast, genealogist Dave Miller interviews the IGSI Co-Presidents regarding all the recent advances with the Society and what they expect in the future.
The September webinar features Chris Paton, talking about how to find the Irish in Britain! Chris will discuss how to find the Irish in UK resources.
Dave also provides the dates for the September “Irish Saturday” event.  September episode
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Recent podcasts: 
August  Dave lists Irish Fests in the U.S. and Canada that will be held from August through November. The August webinar featured Elizabeth Hodges, who will be provided an in-depth look at the Periodical Source Index (or PERSI, as it’s referred to by genealogists). Elizabeth explains what the PERSI index is and how to use it!
July   Dave interviews John Grenham regarding his database that is now available at the Minnesota Genealogical Center, and what patrons can find when they log on to
You can visit IGSI's YouTube channel at any time by clicking the YouTube link above right or at the lower right side of our main page (below the upcoming activities).

Visit our Library

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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 in Mendota Heights, MN near the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Member or not, you can visit our library where you will find one of the finest collections of Irish genealogy and history books in North America. Everyone is welcome. ($10 admission fee for non-members of IGSI, MGS or one of its branches or affiliates.)
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It may be time to start planning a visit to the library for some genealogy research!  The second Saturday of each month is Irish Saturday.
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Research with John Grenham’s Help

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It’s March and time to think about all things Irish.  IGSI recently contracted with John Grenham to offer free access to his website, IrishAncestors (, on three of the computers in the Hoffman Research Library (HRL). This will complement FindMyPast access on every patron computer, which also provides resources for Irish researchers. It will be a significant enhancement for Irish researchers, and for our volunteers who assist patrons on Irish Saturdays (2nd Sat each month), but is only available in the library.
John Grenham has been a ‘name’ and fixture in Irish genealogy since the 1990s.  He is the author of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, now in its 5th revision, and the creator of the IrishAncestors website. You can learn more about the new HRL workstations for accessing the Grenham website to use it in your Library research at this link, which includes some learning resources.
In celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day, in tandem with this new development, IGSI making a past webinar available freely on the website to make best use of this resource. IGSI’s own Tom Rice and Mary Wickersham gave a detailed presentation on both the Grenham book and website. This 50-minute recording is a great introduction and preview of the resource.
You may choose to have your own subscription, which can be for a day ($5.99), a month ($9.99), or annual ($69.99):

Need help researching your Irish ancestors?

 IGSI is offering Irish family history research assistance. Just click on Research Services, fill out the IGSI Research Form,  click on 'Research Payment' to pay the assessment fee and get started! 

Minnesota Genealogy Center
1385 Mendota Heights Rd, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, Minnesota 55120
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Irish Saturday
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October 21
Finding Genealogy Collections Everywhere
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November 11
Irish Saturday
Stop by the library for Irish research help. Check on the day you plan to visit, to make sure the library is open.  ...
November 18
Ethnicity Estimates Aren’t Always Useless: Learn what they are (and aren’t) telling you
10:30 AM - Noon CST (UTC-6) Instructor: Paula Williams $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code); $25 for non-members   Ethnicity estimates are intriguing, frustrating, ...
December 9
Irish Saturday
Stop by the library for Irish research help. Check on the day you plan to visit, to make sure the library is open.  ...