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The library is now open Mondays!
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IGSI Giving Events

IGSI is participating in two major giving events in November, with a goal of raising $10,00 by the end of 2023.
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  • November 16 is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota, when most charities throughout Minnesota coordinate appeals for donations.  Early giving for Give to the Max Day has begun. Help us jump start our effort!
  • November 28 is Giving Tuesday, when many charities throughout the world make appeals for donations.
If you wish to donate, please visit the Donate page on our website. You can donate via credit or debit card using PayPal, or if you would prefer to send a check for your contribution, please send it to: 
1385 Mendota Heights Rd., Ste 100
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
There are several ways to donate:  see the Giving Tuesday / Give to the Max page to make a donation.

Upcoming Webinar

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Ethnicity Estimates Aren’t Always Useless: Learn what they are (and aren’t) telling you
Saturday, November 18
GoToWebinar with a recording available to all registrants
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, and often misunderstood. Learn how to understand what the results can teach us and the limitations we should respect.
The Discount Code will be sent to members via email and posted on member-only webpage (link).
You can reach the IGSI Education team at
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November Podcast available for viewing

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In the Nov edition (episode 5 of Season 2) of the “This month at the IGSI” podcast, genealogist Dave Miller interviews the head of Public Services for the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. He also learns about the records that are archived at PRONI and how important these records are for the entire island. The November webinar will feature Paula Williams who will be talking about Ethnicity Estimates aren’t always useless. Learn what they are and aren’t telling you! Ethnicity estimates are intriguing but also misunderstood. Jill will show you how to better understand what these tests are telling you and what you should expect. Dave also provides the dates for the November “Irish Saturday” event. These stories and previous podcast episodes are available on the IGSI YouTube channel. (November 2023)
Recent podcasts: 
September Dave  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.  (The recording is available for members to view, for a fee - see Past Webinars.)
October  Dave interviews Tom Whelan, head of the Minnesota Irish Fair. Tom talks how the MN fair - which started in 1980 - is now attracting younger people and more families.
YouTube logoYou 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).

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):

Minnesota Genealogy Center
1385 Mendota Heights Rd, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, Minnesota 55120
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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.  ...
December 16
Strategic Searching on Findmypast
10:30 AM - Noon CST (UTC-6) Instructor: Jen Baldwin This webinar is free to all: IGSI members and non-members, but registration is required!   Jen ...