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April 21, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
More DNA Day specials
FamilyTreeDNA and 23andme are also celebrating DNA Day by offering reduced prices on their DNA test kits.
 
FamilyTreeDNA, 40% off through April 28:
  • FamilyFinder, now $49 (regularly $79)
  • Y-DNA, from $139 (regularly $169)
  • mt-DNA, now $149 (regularly $199)
Read more about FamilyTreeDNA specials.
 
23andme, 30% off through April 25:
  • Ancestry report, now $69 (regularly $99)
  • Ancestry and Health service, now $139 (regularly $199)
Find out more about 23andme specials
 
Other DNA Day specials were posted yesterday. You probably won’t see this range of kits at these prices again before the end of 2018. Act now!
 
April 20, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
DNA Day discounts on test kits
DNA Day is now celebrated throughout the world on April 25, commemorating the day in 1953 when papers were first published about the nature of DNA. DNA Day discounts on test kits are a popular way for companies to note the anniversary. If you’ve contemplated ordering your first kit or testing with an additional company, some attractive pricing is available this week.
 
AncestryDNA is offering the lowest price of the year on their DNA test kit, only $59 through April 29th, excluding tax and shipping.  
 
In a posting a couple days ago we shared the announcement about MyHeritage’s DNA Day sale on test kits, reduced to $69 through April 25th, excluding shipping. 
 
Keep your eyes peeled for other DNA Day specials.
April 19, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Irish Arts Week kick-off
The Celtic Junction Arts Center (CJAC) and the Eoin McKiernan Library (EML) won Irish Central’s Creativity and Arts Award for 2018 as best Irish cultural center in North America! 
 
Celebrate with them as they kick off Irish Arts Week in St Paul. Here are activities scheduled Saturday, April 21.

10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. The Center for Irish Music’s Practice Fleadh.  A FREE EVENT!

11:00-12:00  Family constellations and healing Irish immigration trauma. Katherine Curran, Ph.D., examines how departed family members impact the present family soul. A FREE EVENT!

12:00-1:00 p.m.   Fascinating Family History Stories. A panel of researchers from the Irish Genealogical Society International share family history stories. A FREE EVENT!

1:00-3:00 p.m.  Irish on Rocket Fuel: Accelerated Irish language learning. Professor Máirtín Cóilféir teaches an innovative Irish language class. To register: email patrick.o'donnell@normandale.edu and bring a $30 check (made out to the Irish Fair of Minnesota) or cash to the class.

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.   Famine Ship Voices: A Dream Play. Celtic Collaborative presents an original show evoking the history and memories of the shattering Irish Famine of 1845-51. $10 per person.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Welcome Reception for Arts Week.  Justin Dolan, Vice Consul from the Consulate General of Ireland-Chicago, will be the keynote speaker; photography opening of “Ireland in Black
and White”; and there will be music from the The Center for Irish Music!  A FREE EVENT!

8:00 – 9:30 p.m.   Céilí with Paul McCluskey and the Twin Cities Céilí band. $5 per person, $20 a family.
 
More details available at the CJAC website. The Celtic Junction Arts Center is located at 836 Prior Avenue in St Paul, MN.
 
April 18, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
MyHeritage DNA Quest -- and sale on kits
Last month MyHeritage announced a pro bono initiative to help adoptees and their birth families unite through genetic testing. They’ve now expanded that offering beyond the U.S.

MyHeritage will provide 15,000 DNA kits, for free, to adoptees seeking to find biological families, and to parents and other family members looking for a child placed in adoption years ago. Preference will be given to those who cannot afford genetic testing. Applications are open until April 30, 2018.

More information about DNA Quest can be found at the MyHeritage blog

During the DNA Day sale (ending April 25), everyone can purchase MyHeritage DNA kits for $69 (regularly $99) plus shipping. To order a MyHeritage kit, click here
April 16, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Irish Lives Remembered, Winter edition
Even though it’s mid-April in Minnesota, winter isn’t over. The weekend storms dropped at least 15 inches of snow in the Twin Cities–and even more outstate–causing cancellation of most scheduled events and hundreds of flights. The MSP airport was completely closed for eight hours on Saturday, and many schools are still closed today.
 
So it’s timely that I discovered I’d missed reading the Winter edition of Irish Lives Remembered. Several articles in this issue highlight a music theme. To quote editor Patrick Roycroft, “Unless you are an Irish music specialist, you will find things herein that provoke an “I never knew that!” The impact that some of the featured musicians had, not just on music, but on world affairs is, frankly, amazing.”
 
And of course there’s more. If you haven’t read this issue from cover to cover, make time now: IrishLivesRemembered
 
I’d only made it to page 5, “Meet the Authors,” when I was transfixed by the very first two names, Fiona Fitzsimons and Maurice Gleeson! Both will be presenters at Pathways to Our Past, the August 10-11 Celtic Connections Conference (CCC) in suburban Boston.
 
Fiona Fitzsimons co-founded Eneclann in 1988 with Brian Donovan. With her extensive knowledge of Irish genealogy, she’s been called on to work on many TV programs (e.g., Who Do You Think You Are and The Genealogy Road Show) as well as researching famous people’s family trees (e.g., President Obama and actor Tom Cruise). Her CCC 2018 topics will be Irish Church Records and Educational and Occupational Records.
 
Maurice Gleeson is a genetic genealogist with a long list of contributions. He was voted “Genetic Genealogist of the Year” in 2015 and “Superstar Genealogist, Ireland” in 2016. If you’re interested in DNA, you undoubtedly know his name! Gleeson’s CCC 2018 topics will be Adding DNA to Your Genealogical Toolkit, Using Autosomal DNA to Find Cousins and Break Through Walls, and Using Y-DNA to Research Your Surname.
 
Just hearing Fitzsimons and Gleeson would be worth the cost of conference registration, but there are fifteen other presenters and four tracks of classes! Read more about CCC presenters now: CelticConnections2018
 
April 11, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
The heredity of criminal propensities
Many public libraries have developed outstanding digital archives in recent years.
 
My paternal grandmother grew up in Cherokee, Iowa. A decade ago when I started researching my family history, I requested documents from Cherokee through the mail and even made trips there to look for records. On one of those visits I recall feeling cross-eyed after looking at newspapers on microfilm, but I did find the July 1891 obituary of my great-grandfather, John Stahl.
 
Today I circled back online and found great progress. The Cherokee Public Library has a wonderful “community history archive,” a digital collection of thousands of pages from the six newspapers published in the area between 1870 and 1989. One can search for people, places or events. I found John Stahl’s obituary in just seconds!
 
On the same page of the Cherokee Times, I was drawn to another news headline, “Deepest Depravity.” A man had been arrested for “debauching” a six-year-old.The article went on to report the accused – a man named Anderson – had a brother “formerly of this place, and of unsavory reputation.” The 1891 journalist concluded “if Anderson is guilty of the offenses charged, it will be confirmation of the heredity of criminal propensities.”
 
While I wondered what strand of DNA carries this biological information, I wasted a little more time searching for how the story ended. Weeks later, a few lines in The Weekly Cherokean Democrat announced Anderson had been released from jail on a writ of habeas corpus. “It was found the papers were not properly made out and the argument of the case postponed.”
 
I found no more mention of the Anderson brothers and conclude they both may have moved on from the Cherokee community.
 
The moral of the story, or at least the moral of this posting: check back for digital enhancements to websites/sources you’ve visited in the past.
April 9, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
From strangers to family
Last Sunday's StarTribune carried a doozy of a story about three strangers who found they were related through DNA tests.
 
If you didn't see the article, I encourage you to read it now: FromStrangersToFamily
April 9, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
George Quinn absent from school
George Quinn was the youngest brother of my husband’s grandmother, Catherine Quinn Hickey. He was born in Dakota County in 1883, the youngest of eleven children, and only five years old when his father, Thomas, died.
 
Back when I researched Catherine’s siblings and their descendants, George was the last one to be found. I finally tracked him to California where he died in 1959. George had worked as an electric company lineman, married a woman considerably older than he, and had no children. I’ve never seen a photo identified as George, but I’ve caught a glimpse of him in another way.
 
Among some old books stored in our basement, I found a copy of Classics for Children: A Second Reader, published in 1892. The book is in remarkably good shape and may sell for a few dollars on ebay, if I can bring myself to sell it.  
 
What I found inside the book took me back to October 1, 1895, when George Quinn’s teacher at Winthrop School in Minneapolis sent Mrs. Quinn a ‘warning notice’ about her son’s absence from school (below left).
 
Was George sick that day and his mother forgot to send a written excuse? Or had 12-year-old George found something more interesting to do and skipped school? Or, since I found the note in George's book, had Mrs. Quinn even seen the warning notice?
 
Inside the flyleaf of the book George had written his name and drawn a picture (below right): a fairly realistic drawing of a man holding the reins to a horse with a whip in one hand. The man’s clothing looks a bit like a uniform with its cap and double-breasted buttons, which reminded me of photos I’d seen of Catherine’s husband, Patrick, as a fireman. But Patrick never had a mustache, and he didn’t marry Catherine until 1906.
 
I’m always amazed by the snippets of history that survive.
 
April 8, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Breaking down those brick walls

Irish Genealogical Society Intl (IGSI) President and expert researcher, Audrey Leonard, has conducted entensive Irish family history research over the years and has broken down many brick walls for herself and others. She will lead the next Irish Saturday class on April 14.

Is your research stuck because you can't find a record or don't know what to do next? Bring your questions to the class and Audrey Leonard will try to help you around, over, or through your brick wall.

When? Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10:30 am to 12 noon

Where? Library and Research Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Rd., Suite 100, Mendota Heights, MN

Cost? $15 for IGSI members and $20 for non-members; $5 for class notes if you can't attend.

You can pre-register or drop in on Saturday morning.

To register or to order the class notes only, click on STORE (left column).

April 6, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Public reading by Irish poet, April 27
IRISH POET TONY CURTIS TO RECEIVE 22nd O'SHAUGHNESSY AWARD FOR POETRY
PUBLIC READING IS APRIL 27 AT ST. THOMAS
 
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Poet Tony Curtis of Dublin will receive the 22nd annual Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry of the University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies.

Curtis, 62, was born and raised in Dublin and is the author of eight poetry collections. He will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the auditorium of the John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts on St. Thomas' St. Paul campus. The reading is free and open to the public; it ends a week of classroom visits and public appearances by the poet.

His books include The Well in the Rain (2006); Folk (2011); and Approximately in the Key of C (2015). Curtis also has been involved in a number of collaborative book projects, such as Days Like These (2008) with Paula Meehan and Theo Dorgan (both of whom are past recipients of the O'Shaughnessy Award); Aran Currach (2013) with Irish photographer Liam Blake (2013); and Pony (2013) with artist David Lilburn.

A regular participant in the Clifden Arts Festival in Ireland and at venues throughout Ireland, he has read at many festivals in Europe, Australia and the American Northwest. Curtis frequently leads poetry and creative writing workshops with both adults and children. He is a member of Aosdána, the Irish academy of arts and letters.
 
Curtis will take part in a public conversation with Minnesota poet Tim Nolan, titled "Only Interested in Everything: Poetry and Subject Matter." The event is at 7 p.m. Tuesday April 24 at the Merriam Park Branch Library, 1831 Marshall Ave. in St. Paul.
 
An attorney in private practice, Nolan has published three collections, all with New Rivers Press: The Sound of It (2008), And Then (2012) and The Field (2016). Nolan won New Rivers' Minnesota Voices competition and has been a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award as well as the Forward Poetry Prize in London in 2014. He has been awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant and an Anderson Center Residency.
 
Both the conversation and the reading are co-sponsored by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, a nonprofit group that advocates for the library. The reading is also a featured program of the Irish Arts Week presented by the Celtic Junction Arts Center.
 
April 5, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Orphan trains
I don't often read fiction anymore, but last weekend a friend recommended a book and lent me her copy. I've just finished the last page of Orphan Train (HarperCollins, 2013) by Christina Baker Kline.
 
As with most novels, parts of the story were a tiny bit contrived. But an engaging story it was nonetheless! I ignored other tasks on my to-do list this week to read it and find out what happened. 
 
While I've read other accounts of orphan train riders, I didn't realize until this book that 1) the orphan train movement began in 1854 and ran for 73 years, transporting 200,000 children from the East Coast to the the Midwest, and 2) like the character in this book, many of the orphaned/abandoned/homeless children were first-generation Irish Catholic immigrants.
 
Googling, I found historic background in a 2011 Irish Echo article written by Edward O'Donnell.
 
Some estimates number the descendants of orphan train riders at over two million! Perhaps our readers have stories they'd like to share? We'd love to hear from you. Email me anytime at blog@irishgenealogical.org.
 
 
April 3, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Cluster for Success
Another presenter at the August 2018 Pathways to our Past Celtic Connections Conference (CCC) will be Donna Moughty, a professional genealogist who lectures, consults, leads research trips, and writes a blog.
 
Her April 2 blog posting, “Cluster for Success,” is a must-read. Moughty explains how and why we should be tracking surnames by locality. Her most recent postings emphasize use of John Grenham’s website, which was also the focus of her mini lecture at this year’s RootsTech conference. Great tips and clear examples – don’t miss these postings! Check out her blog and more at Moughty's website.
 
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, wouldn’t you like to be in the audience for presentations by renowned genealogists? You’ll have four opportunities to hear Donna Moughty if you attend the August 10-11 conference at the Boston (MA) Marriott Newton. Her presentations will be:
  • Seeking your Scots-Irish ancestry
  • The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, online and off
  • Strategies for finding the origins of your Irish ancestors
  • Irish civil registration and church records – it’s a new world!
Take a look at the CCC website to read about presenters and their offerings as well as everything else going on at the conference.
April 2, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Fold3 Civil War Collection free
Irish-Americans served on both sides of the American Civil War. To commemorate the 1861 beginning of the war, Fold3 is offering free access (with registration) to its Civil War Collection through April 15.

The Collection includes 50 titles and 91 million records. Some popular titles are:
  • Civil War “Widows’ Pensions” Files
  • US Federal Census 1860
  • Civil War Service Records
  • Civil War Pensions Index
  • Pension Numerical Index
Confederate Records:
  • Confederate Amnesty Papers
  • Confederate Casualty Reports
  • Confederate Citizens File
  • Confederate Navy Subject File
  • Confederate Service Records
  • Southern Claims Commission 
Start researching Fold3 here.
March 30, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Free Ancestry.com Commonwealth records
The weekend weather outlook here in Minnesota is "PG, for pretty grim," says meteriologist Paul Douglas.
 
Douglas goes on, "I'm predicting a cruel meteorological April Fool's joke with Easter morning temperatures in the teens, a few degrees away from records. March goes out like a lion tomorrow, a mountain lion, with blustery winds and swirling snow Up North."
 
What a good weekend to stay inside and do some family history research!

Just in time, Ancestry.com has announced free Easter weekend access to its Commonwealth Collection. Records included are from Ireland, U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and more: AncestryCommonwealth.

The records will be free through Monday, April 2, at 5:59 CDT. All you need is a registered account (no credit card information).
 
March 28, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Irish authors provide a winter respite
A treat for our readers today. Here's a guest posting by Randi Mary:
 
A few years ago during a two week trip to Ireland in September I was thrilled to learn that Ireland has FOUR Nobel laureates of literature!  W.B. Yeats in 1923, George Bernard Shaw in 1925, Samuel Beckett in 1969, and Seamus Heaney in 1995.  
 
But hold on!  What about James Joyce? Sadly, no Nobel prize for James Joyce.
   
The tiny island of Ireland is the only country on Planet Earth with four Nobel Prizes in literature; despite centuries of foreign invaders, laws forbidding the education of Catholics, multiple famines, the not-so-distant “Troubles” and economic ups & downs. Wow!
 
When I returned home from Ireland in late September, winter was not far ahead. I really enjoy winter, especially January, because I can stay indoors reading ALL DAY LONG.  I can spend hours in the libraries of Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Dakota counties - hunting.That winter as I browsed book titles and authors I was amazed by the number of authors with Irish names. That winter I discovered Colm Tóibín, Nuala O’Faolain, Peter Sheridan, and Frank Delaney.  Delaney’s “Ireland” is one of my all time favorite books!
 
 As a lifelong Minnesotan who loves winter, even I get a little tired of gray sky by late March. Early and mid March teases with a few sunny days and mild temps, then along comes more snow and howling winds.  In March I am truly thankful for great authors and great books.  
 
I have to mention the other Irish Nobel laureates:  Ernest Walton 1951 Physics;  Seán MacBride 1974 Peace;  John Hume 1998 Peace;  William C. Campbell 2015 Physiology or Medicine.
 
In my humble opinion, Ireland is truly a “Celtic Tiger”. 
March 27, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
The Great Mosaic of Online Irish Records
“Irish genealogy research is famous for being difficult, if not impossible,” says one of my favorite bloggers, Claire Santry. Her IrishGenealogyNews blog and toolkit should not be missed if you're researching Irish family history.
 
However some of the confusing difficulty seems to have shifted from the lack of records to the overlap of record sources. What’s available where? What’s free? What requires a subscription?
 
Another of my favorite bloggers, John Grenham, sheds light on this very subject–the “great mosaic of online transcripts”–in his March 26th posting.
 
Grenham’s explanations, along with his link to Santry’s recent posting about flaws in the latest indexes, are really helpful. If I could just remember what they say when I’m researching…
 
Reading their advice is one thing. Seeing and hearing genealogy giants speak in person and being able to ask questions, that’s bliss!
 
Wouldn’t you like to be in the audience when John Grenham speaks on the mysteries of the “Valuation Office” or shares “Things You Didn’t Know About Irish Genealogy”? Or how about seeing Fiona Fitzsimons (who’s also referenced in the last line of Grenham’s latest blog)? You could hear her tips on “Irish Church Records” and “Education and Occupational Records,” with more insights on Findmypast.
 
Grenham, Fitzsimons and more than a dozen other renowned genealogists will be presenters at “Pathways to Our Past,” the 2018 Celtic Connections Conference (CCC) in Boston on August 10-11. Registration opened last week on the CCC website.
 
More information about the other presenters and their topics is available on the CCC website, and we’ll highlight them in future postings here.
 
March 27, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Are you an Irish genealogy expert?
Yesterday's quiz was a piece of cake compared to this one, which definitely separates the Irish research novices from the pros.
 
See if you can correctly answer these ten questions from Findmypast and Niall Cullin:  FMPquiz
 
March 25, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
How genealogy literate are you?
The Nutfield blog carries the name of a New Hampshire land grant given to Scots-Irish settlers in 1719, now the communities of Derry, Londonderry and Windham.

It's a blog to follow if your ancestors spent time in New England, but this week a posting lets us assess how genea-literate we are: NutsfieldQuiz.

Add up your points, based on categories giving one, two, five, ten and twenty points for specified activities.

I scored 136, mostly because of my DAR ancestor/membership and not because of well-disciplined research methods.
March 22, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Pathways to our Past registration opens
Registration officially opened today for Pathways to Our Past, the Celtic Connections Conference which will occur August 10-11, 2018, in Boston.

TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association) and IGSI (Irish Genealogical Society International) are co-sponsoring a third Celtic Connections Conference, this time in the Boston suburb of Newton, Massachusetts.

An impressive slate of speakers from Ireland, Scotland, England, Canada and the U.S. will present lectures about Irish, Scots-Irish, Scottish and Welsh genealogy, DNA, and culture. You’ll learn about exciting new ways to discover and interpret your ancestral roots.

Each day conference participants will be able to choose from four tracks of lectures. Luncheons on Friday and Saturday, included in the registration price, feature music and storytellers. See the full listing of programs/speakers -- and fun activities outside the classroom -- at the CCC18 website.

The 2014 and 2016 conferences drew attendees from across the U.S. and Canada and received rave reviews. No other conference offers this focus on Celtic ancestry and heritage, or such a stellar list of international presenters.  Early registration is advised.

Pathways to Our Past will take place August 10 & 11, 2018, at the Boston Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Auburndale, MA. Specially priced lodging for conference-goers is available at the conference site. Discounted registration fee for the full conference is $225 for TIARA/IGSI members and $250 for non-members. Single-day registration for either Friday or Saturday is $120 for TIARA/IGSI members and $145 for non-members. The Early-bird discounts are available until June 4. Tickets can be purchased separately for the Thursday bus tour, Friday banquet, or Saturday trivia night.

Conference details including the conference brochure and online registration are available at the CCC18 website.
 
Contact:        Celtic Connections Conference
                         P.O. Box 66010
                        Auburndale, MA  02466                                                      
                        info@celtic-connections.org

P.S.  Now that registration is officially open, we'll soon be posting additional exciting details about the extra offerings as well as opportunities to support the conference. Stay tuned.
 
March 20, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Finding Ship Records for Irish Ancestors

Here's a reminder about a class this Saturday, March 24, on the topic "Finding Ship Records for Irish Ancestors."

The presenter will be Mary Wickersham, an Irish Genealogical Society Intl (IGSI) volunteer/board member and long-time Irish researcher.

Our March 24 class will be held at the new alternative location for classes, The Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St Paul, from 10:30 am to 12 noon.

Cost for IGSI members is $15 and $20 for non-members. You can pre-register or just show up on Saturday morning.

If you aren't able to attend, you can purchase class notes for just $5. Register or order class notes at the IGSI website.

March 17, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Free Irish records on Ancestry

Happy St Patrick's Day! You can celebrate through Monday with free access to Irish records on Ancestry.com.

four-leafed cloverSearch 80 million Irish records including Ancestry's new Boston Irish Catholic Collection.

If you don't already have an Ancestry account, the only requirement is your name and email address.

The Irish Heritage Collection will be free until 11:59 ET,Monday, March 19.

Not sure where to start? Download Ancestry's guide to 10 places to start your search in the U.S.

March 16, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
What happened to Mike?
My attention is always drawn to the people in our family tree with an UNKNOWN death date. Where did they go? What’s their story?
 
Such was the case today with Michael H. Hickey, born about 1867 in Waseca County, Minnesota, and apparently named for an older brother who’d died as a young child. Michael was a cousin of my husband’s grandfather, born just a couple years later.
 
I feel the need to resolve when he died, like putting a period at the end of a sentence.
 
For me, the Michael Hickey trail ended in Sand Point, Idaho, where the 1910 US Federal Census showed him as a single man, working as a sexton in a Sandpoint cemetery.
 
This morning I sent off an email inquiry to the Bonner County (ID) Historical Society -- and received a same-day response! Unfortunately they did not locate his obituary, but they did send along two newspaper articles:
 
"Northern Idaho News, 16 Feb 1906
 
The Case hotel narrowly escaped going up in smoke last Friday night. The fire caught in one of the rooms on the third floor which had been occupied by Mr. Hickey and it is thought he must have dropped a match when visited the room that evening, and that it set some bedding afire. The fire smouldered along all night, there being no draft and was discovered in the morning by Mr. Casey after it had burned quite a large hole through the floor."
 
"Pend Oreille Review, 27 Oct 1911
 
Mike Hickey is back to his old town. Mike worked in the harvest fields in the Davenport, Wash., country during the summer but when the chill October days set in he decided Sandpoint was the place for winter quarters and hied back to his old haunts. The first man he looked up was Undertaker Brower, and Mr. Brower took Mike back to his old job as gravedigger and caretaker at the cemetery. Mike says Sandpoint looks good to him and that things are as lively has as anywhere."
 
The photo (above) was posted on an Ancestry family tree with the caption, “Mother’s Brother Mike Hickey in 1889.” Mike would have been just 21 years old and possibly on his way west to seek fame and fortune.
 
The Bonner County Historical Society mentioned having longer news items including another story about a fire. Hmm. They also reported “the name Hickey is fairly well-known in Bonner County as there is another family of that name that purchased a homestead in the early 1900s.”
 
I’m not aware of any other of “our” Hickeys who settled in Idaho. I wonder if it’s more than just coincidence?
March 15, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
St Patrick's bargains

Here are a few discounts being offered to celebrate St Patrick's Day:

Findmypast: One-month subscription is reduced 50%, to only $9.98 for FMP's "Essential British and Irish" package: 
www.findmypast.com/discover-your-irish-ancestry. The discount ends March 18. If you're not feeling up to a 30-day marathon of research, Findmypast is also offering 10% off their 12-month subscriptions.

FamilyTreeDNA: Autosomal 'Family Finder' test is only $59, a savings of $20. The reduced price doesn't include shipping and is good through March 18. Check it out here: www.familytreedna.com.

AncestryDNA: Save 30% on AncestryDNA kit - $69 instead of $99 - until Monday, March 18: www.ancestry.com/dna/.

March 13, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Grenham's guide to trace Irish ancestors

Just in time for St Patrick's Day, the Irish Times has published John Grenham's step-by-step guide to tracing your Irish ancestry.

Read the tutorial here:
www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/abroad/how-to-trace-your-irish-family-history-a-step-by-step-guide-1.3423973

March 12, 2018 By: IGSI Blogger
Plan ahead for upcoming IGSI classes

The Irish Genealogical Society Intl (IGSI) has kicked into high gear, planning two classes per month and holding them in two locations! Check out the schedule:

Saturday, March 24, Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Ave N, St Paul: Finding Ship Records for Irish Ancestors with Mary Wickersham

Saturday, April 14, MGS Library, 1385 Mendota Heights Rd, Mendota Heights, MN: Brick Walls with Audrey Leonard

Saturday, April 21, Celtic Junction: Family Stories

Saturday, May 12, MGS Library: Updates on Genealogy Web Sites with Ann Eccles

Saturday, May 19, Celtic Junction: Finding an Immigrant's Place of Origin with Tom Rice

Saturday, June 9, MGS Library: All of the Census Records Have Been Destroyed! with Audrey Leonard

Saturday, June 16, Celtic Junction: Update on Genealogy Web Sites with Ann Eccles

Saturday, July 21, Celtic Junction: Oh No, All of the Census Records were Destroyed! with Audrey Leonard

All classes begin at 10:30 am. The cost is $15 for IGSI members and $20 for non-members. Register online in advance or walk in the day of the class.

To register, go to the IGSI website.