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Celtic Connections Conference

International Genealogist Presenters Announced
 
Here’s an exciting announcement about the 2020 Celtic Connections Conference!
 
Four acclaimed international genealogists have been confirmed as conference presenters to share their Irish, Scottish and Welsh expertise:

John Grenham (pictured at right) is author of the standard guide to Irish genealogy, Tracing your Irish Ancestors (5th edition, 2019) among other important works. He wrote the "Irish Roots" column in The Irish Times 2009-2016 and ran its Irish Ancestors website, now the successor website http://www.johngrenham.com.

 

John Grenham
Fiona Fitzsimons

Fiona Fitzsimons (left) is a founder of Eneclann and the Irish Family History Centre at EPIC. She teaches a two-year course in Irish Family & Social History in Trinity College Dublin. She writes for History Ireland magazine and Irish Lives Remembered as well as other Irish/British newspapers and radio.

Chris Paton (right) works as a professional genealogist in Scotland. A holder of a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies from the University of Strathclyde, he is an author, tutor and lecturer specializing in Irish and Scottish research, and blogs daily at The GENES Blog https://britishgenes.blogspot.com.

Chris Paton
Beryl Evans

Beryl Evans (left) is the Research Services Manager at the National Library of Wales where she has gained expertise in Welsh family history over the past 35 years. She is the author of Tracing Your Welsh Ancestors and has contributed many articles and presentations to a global audience.

The bi-ennial Celtic Connections Conference, co-sponsored for the fourth time by the Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) and The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA), will take place July 31-August 1, 2020, at the Westin Chicago North Shore, 601 Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL.

This 2020 event, co-sponsored by the Irish Genealogical Society International, Inc. (IGSI) and The Irish Ancestral Research Association, Inc. (TIARA), will be the fourth biennial Celtic Connections Conference. The first three – 2014 in Boston, 2016 in Minneapolis, 2018 in Boston – received rave reviews from participants. Impressive rosters of international and U.S. genealogy experts provided valuable guidance on topics related to Irish/Scots-Irish/Scottish/Welsh ancestry.
 
Save the date (July 31- August 1, 2020) and start planning now to attend this exciting conference! Watch for future announcements as the 2020 speakers and conference events are confirmed. In the meantime, visit the conference website (http://celtic-connections.org/ ) to read about the 2018 event and to sign up for our mailing list to receive additional conference announcements automatically.  Registration will open in early 2020.

More information can be found at http://www.celtic-connections.org.

Interested in volunteering at the Conference?  Contact volunteers@irishgenealogical.org


Visit us at the Milwaukee Irish Fest

Friday, August 16 - Sunday, August 18
Milwaukee Irish Fest
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 
Volunteers from IGSI and TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association)  will be volunteering at the Fest, in the Genealogy Tent.  We will be promoting the 2020 Celtic Connections Conference and assisting Fest visitors by doing genealogy consultations and online lookups.
 
For more information on the Irish Fest, visit their website https://irishfest.com/Irishfest.htm (Opens in a new browser tab)

Metro Chicago welcomes Celtic Connections Conference in 2020

The Irish Genealogical Society International is pleased to announce that the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel (601 N. Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL, 60090) will be the site of the Celtic Connections Conference on July 31-August 1, 2020. Offering the 2020 conference in the greater Chicago area opens this genealogical experience to more Irish and Celtic family historians in the Upper Midwest.
 
The perfect venue at the Westin Chicago North Shore
  • 4-star hotel with excellent conference space and low conference lodging rate
  • 15 miles from O’Hare International Airport and its non-stop flights to 217 destinations
  • Easy access to 7 major Chicago-area Interstate highways
  • 2 full days of presentations by internationally-renowned Irish and Scottish genealogy experts
  • Tours, workshops, cultural offerings, and opportunities to connect with other researchers
This 2020 event, co-sponsored by the Irish Genealogical Society International, Inc. (IGSI) and The Irish Ancestral Research Association, Inc. (TIARA), will be the fourth biennial Celtic Connections Conference. The first three – 2014 in Boston, 2016 in Minneapolis, 2018 in Boston – received rave reviews from participants. Impressive rosters of international and U.S. genealogy experts provided valuable guidance on topics related to Irish/Scots-Irish/Scottish/Welsh ancestry.
 
Save the date (July 31- August 1, 2020) and start planning now to attend this exciting conference! Watch for future announcements as the 2020 speakers and conference events are confirmed. In the meantime, visit the conference website (http://celtic-connections.org/ ) to read about the 2018 event and to sign up for our mailing list to receive additional conference announcements automatically.  Registration will open in early 2020.


Surname Interests & Other Site Resources

Have you discovered a new branch of the family you did not know existed?  Please enter new ancestral surnames as you discover new branches.  Remember, you will need to log-in and enter the information on your Profile Page. 
 
Log in, then click Surname Interests to enter your ancestral family surnames & connect with others who are researching the same surnames.
 
And please let us know if you have a story to tell about making a connection with a cousin through our Surname Interests tab. 
 
Reminder: Members must log-in to access past issues of The Septs.
 
Click Research for Services, Guidelines, and Resources providing information on Irish Counties, maps, links to other websites, and our searchable data collection.
 
This is only a wee bit of the many resources on our website to help your genealogy research.
 


All Issues of Ginealas Now Available

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