Why You Should Visit the IGSI Library
If you are doing Irish research and haven't visited the library collection of the Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI), you are probably working too hard at trying to find what we may have for you at the library.
To start you off on your search for Irish ancestors, we offer 'Irish Days' on the second Saturday of almost every month. On these days the volunteers in the library are Irish researchers. We also give a class each Irish Day for those interested, see Classes for calendar, and you can take a tour of the library and the IGSI collection.
Among our vast collection we have the Index to Griffith's Valuation (GV) for all of Ireland as well as copies of the actual GV books and the Index to the Tithe Applotment Books of Northern Ireland (6 counties). Our collection of maps is second to none, at least in the United States. We have maps showing all divisions of land in Ireland, including the townlands. To view our complete list of titles, check the library section of our website.
Many of our books are out of print as we have purchased them directly from used book sellers in Ireland. The total is now over 3200! We have purchased a collection of digitized copies of old books from Trinity University and the National Library and Archives of Ireland. These will all be available for use on CDs.
We have offered a service to our members for years, and that is special times to research at the library. If you are coming from out of town, or live in town and our Irish Days are not convenient for you, just let us know. We will do our best to arrange for someone to open the library and assist you with your Irish research. We can often do this any day of the week, but, let us know you are coming!
Besides the great IGSI collection, you will also have access to the Minnesota Genealogical Society collection, which includes not only information on Minnesota, but also all of the other 49 states. Special collections there in addition to the Irish are: French-Canadian, Czech, Polish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish and small collections of miscellaneous materials.