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Scheduled Classes


Scheduled classes at IGSI are scheduled as far out as a year in advance. Some of these classes can change so check our schedule online to get up to the minute information.


  Location::   Minnesota Genealogical Society Library
                    1185 Concord St. N
                      South St. Paul MN 

The class fee is $10.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members 


January 11, 2014  10:30 - 12:00  Sheila Northrop

Missing Friends: Migration Patterns from Ireland to North America.


This class explores migration patterns based on historical events, cultural norms and occupations from a mathematical probability viewpoint. Data from known sources can assist in identifying probable locations of emigration to likely locations of immigration based on time frames. This method helps Irish researchers in particular as often very little is known about ancestral movement and written records are scarce.


February 8, 2014  10:30 - 12:00   Audrey Leonard

Getting Over and Through Those Challenging Brick Walls.


Are you having trouble with your research, have you reached that inevitable brick wall and don’t know where to look next?  Join Audrey Leonard, IGSI’s volunteer researcher, to learn how to problem solve and move forward with your research.


March 8, 2014  10:30 - 12:00   Kathy Lund

Locating Irish ancestors in Canada.


Focusing on a time and a place of immigration will make the task easier.  Kathy will share her expertise in Canadian research and invites you to bring your puzzles to the class.


April 12, 2014, 1 P.M – 2:30   Tom Rice, CG

Irish Places and Jurisdictions


Place is an essential element of genealogical research especially in Ireland. Learn about Provinces, Counties, Civil and Church Parishes, Baronies, Poor Law Unions and Townlands. What records were created and/or indexed at these different jurisdictional levels. Learn about the tools both in print and on the Internet that help you find these places and understand them.


May 10, 2014, 10:30 – 12:00  Fern Wilcox

Using Naturalization Papers in Genealogical Research


U.S. naturalization records document the process whereby an individual born in one country is granted citizenship in the United States.  Learn how the records generated can help you in your research, what information they contain and how to find them.


June 14, 2014, 10:30 – 12:00  Beth Vought

DNA in Genealogical Research--A Practical Approach

Thinking about DNA testing for genealogical reasons?  This class will help you decide which test to select that will meet your needs, and we will also focus on interpreting the results.  This program is about FamilyTree DNA testing and results.



July 12, 2014, 1030-1200   Mike Flynn

Visiting Genealogical Resources in the Irish Republic



In this session you will travel with me as we use major genealogical research resources in Dublin and County Cork.  I will share with you how I used these resources and what I found in searching for my Cork Irish Ancestors.


August – no class, Come and visit us at the Irish Fair on Harriet Island August 9 and 10.


September 13, 2014, 1030-1200  Sheila Northrop

The Cluster Search and Your Irish Ancestors 


Taking your dead-end research to the next level. How to use circumstantial evidence to create a new set of search criteria that hones in on your ancestors and helps you locate their place of origin. 


October 11, 2014, 1030-1200  Audrey Leonard

Getting Over Brick Walls


This is an expanded edition of Audrey's popular class designed to provide you with tools to help you move forward with your research. Audrey is IGSI's volunteer researcher.


November 8, 2014, 1030-1200  Tom Rice

Getting Started With Your Irish Genealogy


Introduction to the key tools for finding your ancestors in Ireland: most important record types, Irish geographic terms, Irish names, key Irish genealogy web sites and books.


December 13, 2014,  No Class  Happy Holidays


All classes are held at the Minnesota Genealogical Library in South St. Paul unless otherwise indicated in the class description. Classes cost $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Times of classes are next to the title in the descriptions above.




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