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April 16, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
John Grenham's YouTube videos
How time flies!
Nearly three months ago I blogged about John Grenham's FREE YouTube videos. I advised you to check back regularly and then promptly forgot to do so myself!
There are now 17 videos, generally ranging in length from 10-20 minutes. The most recent presentation is on the subject of Irish wills.
This is great stuff -- and did I mention it's all free! Amazing!
You can start viewing them here.
April 7, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
There's still time for Saturday, Apr 10
There still is time!! You can register for Saturday’s IGSI webinar I Got My DNA Results, Now What??? up until we go live at 10:30am (CDT).
Can’t make it then but want to see it? Register anyway and early next week you will receive a link to the recording and handout.
To register and for more information, click HERE. $15 IGSI members/$20 non-members.
April 7, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
The number of virtual conferences and the variety of presenters continue to amaze me!
Sleuthability offers a weekend program (April 30-May 2) with a range of talks on genealogy, history and DNA.
The speakers and their topics will give a fresh look at Irish genealogy research with content geared to all levels.
The virtual format provides ultimate flexibility, as do the unique ticketing/pricing options.

Read more here.

April 2, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Spring 2021 Irish Lives Remembered
The latest issue of Irish Lives Remembered has been published. If you're new to this publication, here's how it's described on the website:
Irish Family History Centre’s free digital magazine Irish Lives Remembered is dedicated to helping you trace your Irish ancestors. Packed with over 70 pages of Irish Genealogy resources, with something for everyone. Whether you are a keen genealogy enthusiast, a beginner or simply interested in Irish family history you are sure to find something of interest inside.
Every article is fascinating! Begin exploring the Spring 2021 edition here.
April 1, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
I got my DNA results, now what?
DNA can be one of the key genealogical tools in your toolbelt. Are your results filed away in a filing cabinet, unused?? Our April IGSI webinar can help you dust off those results and put them to work!
        I Got My DNA Results. Now What?
            with Elizabeth Williams Gomoll
Saturday, April 10 – 10:30am – Noon (Central)
Many, many people have taken a DNA test to determine their ancestry. You find out you are 60% Irish, 18% Japanese, 12% German and 10% sub-Saharan African. Interesting! After you tell your cousins and try to figure out which ancestors were which, the results get filed away.
You are missing a key tool to discover your ancestral roots. Join us as Liz discusses what's behind your DNA results, what your ethnicity estimates might mean, how to determine your relationship to your matches, and what all of this can do to forward your family research.
Stop telling yourself that “Someday I will check that out." Register today and find out how to use this important tool!
Register HERE. $15 for IGSI members/$20 non-members
March 27, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Online Genealogy Workshop

Ulster Historical Foundation announces Virtual Irish Genealogy Workshop

30 March 2021, 9.00am-1.30pm (US Eastern time)

"This is the first March in many years that Foundation staff have not been travelling around North America on their annual genealogy lecture tour. However we are pleased to announce that one workshop is still going ahead – virtually!

Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt

Our Executive Director Fintan Mullan and Research Officer Gillian Hunt will be presenting an Irish Genealogy Workshop with Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh and Westmoreland Historical Society on Tuesday 30 March 2021, 9.00am-1.30pm (US Eastern time) via Zoom.

Featuring live Question and Answer sessions and interactive virtual networking opportunities, this workshop will foster connections between attendees and expert speakers.

Benefitting beginners and seasoned genealogists alike, this in-depth virtual workshop will examine a multitude of historic records and electronic resources that will help to advance your Irish genealogy research.

Live virtual presentations include:

  • Irish Genealogical Essentials- the Best Websites for Getting Started with Your Family Research
  • Sources for Finding Seventeenth Century Families in Ireland (not just Ulster)
  • Census Substitutes for the Eighteenth Century and Early Nineteenth Century

Special access to recordings of the lectures will be made available to attendees following the live workshop.

Attendees will also be invited to a second live Q&A session with Gillian and Fintan on Tuesday, April 13.

To register please visit:"

March 26, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
I Got My DNA Results. Now What?
Your DNA results have arrived, but your ethnicity isn't what you expected? You have cousin matches, but you don't know who they are or how you are related? You NEED to join us for our April IGSI Webinar with Elizabeth Williams Gomoll.
Saturday, April 10 – 10:30am – Noon (Central)
This introductory/basic level DNA presentation will discuss what's behind your DNA results, what your ethnicity estimates might mean, how to determine your relationship to your matches, and what all of this can do to forward your family research. 
$15 for IGSI members/$20 for non-members. For more details and to register, click HERE.
March 22, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Dublin Cemeteries Trust
Researchers seeking information about ancestors buried in Dublin will be happy to hear the Glasnevin Burial Records database is accessible again, after a six-month hiatus.  
In her blog today, Claire Santry reports Dublin Cemeteries Trust is the new name of the organization, with a new logo and website. Death and burial details can be found for five cemeteries including Glasnevin, Dardistown, Goldenbridge, Newlands Cross and Palmerstown.
Read more at  While there, check out New Irish Genealogy Resources 2021, Santry's handy updated e-book which was released just last week.
March 19, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Free access to IGSI webinar Mar 19-25
Lucky you!! You found the gold that the leprechauns hid at the end of the rainbow on St. Patrick’s Day.
In appreciation for our IGSI members AND to encourage non-members to join us, IGSI is offering a FREE viewing of one of our most popular webinars: Finding Your Overseas Irish Ancestors: A Case Study with Lois Abromitis Mackin, PhD. 
Learn from Lois and discover what she did to find that elusive Irish place of origin that so many of us seek. Don’t know where your ancestors came from? This will  give you a concrete example of steps Lois took – steps you can use!  You can access the webinar HERE from Friday, March 19 – Thursday, March 25.
While you are on the IGSI website, check out our upcoming webinars on the Activities tab and recordings of past webinars on the Past Webinars tab. Past Webinars are available exclusively to IGSI members.  Past webinar topics include:
  • Irish Famines and Emigration – Before, During and After the Great Hunger
  • Brick Wall Strategies
  • How to Get Ready to Search Irish Records
  • FamilySearch: In-Depth
  • Irish Church Records
  • And more!
Not a member? Join now! In addition to exclusive access to Past Webinars, you will receive our bimonthly e-newsletter Ginealas and our award-winning quarterly journal The Septs plus discounts and much more.
March 15, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Variations of Patrick
This week's Letter from Ireland by Mike Collins answered the question "What's in a name?" for St Patrick's Day. In Ireland today, he says:
"...there are almost "40 shades" of Patrick and Patricia:
For Patrick, you will find: Pádraig, Páraic, Paudie, Padge, Pauric, Podge, Pat, Paddy, Patsy and Pa (substitute an "aw" sound for the Irish "á" - that should sound about right).
For Patricia, you will find: Pat, Patsy, Tricia, Trish, Pádraigín and Patrice (for some reason, Patty never caught on here in Ireland)...
The name of Patrick also found its way into a number of surnames--maybe some of them are in your family tree. 
Names like: Fitzpatrick, GilPatrick, Kirkpatrick, Patrick, McFadden, Mulpatrick, McFadyen, Padine, Peyton, Patton and McPadden."

Would you like to receive a weekly letter from Ireland free? Read Mike's past letters and sign up here.
March 13, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
If you can't be in Ireland now
While we won't be celebrating St Patrick's Day in Ireland this year, we can visit virtually.
Ireland Reaching Out ( virtual tours of ten Irish museums:
  1. Chester Beatty
  2. National Museum of Ireland--Natural History
  3. Long Room at Trinity College
  4. Reading Room at National Library of Ireland
  5. National Gallery of Ireland
  6. National Museum of Ireland--Archaelogy
  7. Medieval Museum--Waterford
  8. Georgian House Museum--Number 29
  9. Epic The Irish Emigration Museum
  10. Titanic Experience
What a good use of time! Visit the museums virtually first so you know how to spend your days when you can once again travel.
Click here to see more about the museums and begin your tour.
March 11, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Irish Lines and Female Finds
The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) virtual fall conference looks like a great venue to learn more about Irish genealogy:

Announcing the 26th annual BIFHSGO conference

The BIFHSGO conference, Irish Lines and Female Finds -- Exploring Irish records, female ancestors and genetic genealogy, will be held virtually from 19 to 26 September 2021.

There will be 15 online sessions over five days featuring 14 distinguished international speakers, experts in their own fields.

A $45 conference pass gives you access to all 15 presentations, as well as access to the presentation videos and handouts for two weeks after the end of the conference. Visit the conference website for a full speaker lineup and program details and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

March 10, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
What's new at Ancestry, March 2021?
Crista Cowan, who hates wearing shoes, is known as the Barefoot Genealogist. Her videos can be heard on the Ancestry You-Tube channel.
Her latest recording, "What's new at Ancestry, March 2021?," has just been released. The video covers 1) upcoming genealogy conferences and events, 2) new products or features at Ancestry, and 3) new record collections.
She shares lots of helpful information. Give a listen here.
March 8, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Ancestry Library Edition at home
Ancestry Library Edition has been available remotely since the pandemic forced public libraries to limit in-person services.To get access at home, one must register and log in to the library website.
A recent inquiry to the Hennepin County Library received this reply, "As of now, our online resources will still be available remotely. I'm not aware of any changes to this, but when there is an update it will be posted on"
March 6, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
St Patrick's Day specials!
St Patrick's Day is just around the corner with several announcements already being made about special events:
1) Family History Library March and April Calendar
  • In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, 17 Mar 2021, FamilySearch will be holding a seminar about Irish family history research. The schedule involves a new class format, 20-minute classes with a 10-minute question-and-answer portion for each class. 
  • A second seminar, the St. George’s Seminar, will take place 23 Apr 2021, on English family history research. 
  • A third seminar will commemorate DNA Day on 26 Apr 2021. This seminar will have 5 classes helping you learn how to use your DNA results for family history research.
  • While the sessions are free, you must register here and click on Online Classes for March or April. 
  • Click on the word “Yes” next to the title of each class you wish to attend.
2) Ancestry DNA kits on sale through March 17!
  • Uncover your Irish origins and make St Paddy's Day all about family!
  • The basic Ancestry DNA kit is $40 off, regularly $99, now only $59, through 11:59 pm ET, March 17.
  • Click here to order your test kit.
3) Don't forget IGSI's webinar, "I got my DNA results: now what???" is scheduled for Saturday, April 10, 10:30 am to 12 noon. 
  • Presenter is Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG.
  • $15 for members with discount code; $20 for non-members.
  • Sign up now by clicking on Activities at left. 
  • Space is limited so don't delay!
March 2, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Irish Famines and Emigration
How many of you attended RootsTech 2021? Perhaps you saw Brian Donovan’s “Tracing the Poor and Destitute Irish.”.  Donovan gave a ‘shout out’ to one of our IGSI March webinar speakers, Gerard Moran, for his book and article Sending Out Ireland’s Poor and James Hack Tuke and His Schemes for Assisted Emigration from the West of Ireland.
Now you will be able to learn about Irish famines from Gerard himself along with Prof. Christine Kinealy, Director of Quinnipiac University’s Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute!! This is a great opportunity to learn what it was like for many of our Irish ancestors before they left their homeland.
Irish Famines and Emigration – Before, During and After the Great Hunger
Saturday, March 13, 10:30am – Noon CST
Learn more and register HERE. Put it on your calendars and register soon since space is limited to 100 attendees for the live presentation.  If you are unable to attend, note that the webinar recording and handout will be available exclusively to IGSI members within a few days of the live event. 
$15 for IGSI members/$20 for non-members
February 28, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Are you heir to an Irish estate?
Might you be heir to a long-lost Irish relative?
Imagine getting a call to notify you about a distant relative who died without a will and you've been tracked down through official records. It could happen! 
Finders International--with offices in Dublin, London, Edinburgh and Australia--is a company of probate researchers or "heir hunters." A company official was quoted as saying, "People in the US aren't hugely interested in the inheritance they get, but the beneficiaries are really interested in finding out about the rest of their family because we can give people a family tree that tells them the story of their grandparents or their great-grandparents."
A recent IrishCentral article provides fodder for daydreams.
February 22, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Before, During & After the Great Hunger
Join us for our March webinar:
March 13, 10:30 – Noon CST
Irish Famines and Emigration – Before, During and After the Great Hunger
with Dr. Christine Kinealy and Dr. Gerard Moran
Did you ever wonder what it was like for our ancestors living in Ireland during the Great Hunger (1845-1852)? Did you know that throughout the 19th century, Ireland endured 29 famines?!?!
One of the consequences was the large number of Irish people who emigrated from Ireland.  At this webinar you will learn about the impact of famines on Ireland, the role of government and its agencies in relation to famine relief, the patterns of emigration in the 19th century, in particular to the United States, and the settlement patterns of Irish emigrants.
Prof. Kinealy is the Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University and a leading expert on the Great Famine. Dr. Moran is an emeritus researcher at the Social Science Research Centre at NUI Galway. He has written extensively on 19th century Ireland.
Register HERE. $15 IGSI members (with Discount Code)/$20 non-members
February 19, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Best free Irish genealogy resources 2021
Who knows better than Ireland XO?
In this article, Ireland Reaching Out lists the best free resources for 2021 in each of these categories:
  • Irish civil records
  • Irish church records
  • Headstones and obituaries
  • Irish census records
  • Irish census substitutes
February 16, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
You big eejit!
John Grenham never fails to entertain while passing along genealogical gems.
You will enjoy reading about eejits and surname orgins in his February 15 blog posting.
February 14, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Only 10 days before RootsTech
25–27 FEBRUARY, 2021
Introducing RootsTech Connect:
A Free Online Conference Experience

For the first time ever, the world’s largest family celebration event will be entirely virtual and completely free. Get ready to celebrate shared connections with people from around the world. Connect with friends, your family, your past, and your heritage and homelands—all from the comfort of your home and in your browser.

Read more and register here.

February 12, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger free this weekend

Free Access To Newspapers.‌com™ During Presidents Day Weekend!

Ancestry® is offering free access to Newspapers.‌com™ during the President's Day weekend in the United States. is the largest online newspaper archive consisting of 636 million+ pages of historical newspapers from 20,200+ newspapers from around the United States and beyond.

- Thursday, February 11th through Monday, February 15th @11:59pm Mountain Time.
- Available only through this link
- Registration required. 
February 11, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Online ebooks
Books are often overlooked as a genealogical resource. Increasingly they can be researched online. The following helpful information comes from a Facebook posting by Susan Chappell of NSDAR Lineage Research:
In case you didn’t know: Other sources for online ebooks to search. Some require you create a free acct.
  •  see “Card Catalog”
  •   see “Search” “Books”
  •   see “Texts” and search for online books 
  •   search family name + genealogy. Has over 20 million scanned books
  •    is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world (search “genealogy”)
  •   JSTOR provides access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines. Good source for historic and genealogical journal articles.
  •  Google Books is a service from Google Inc. that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition, and stored in its digital database.
February 6, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
Time to chip away
Brick Wall Strategies – our February IGSI webinar, February 13, 10:30am – 12:30pm CST
From Kathleen Foley, IGSI Education Chair: 
As I look out the window, I see blue sky, sunshine, freshly fallen snow…and the trees bending in the strong wind making the temperature outside feel like -21 degrees!  While we finished shoveling and chipping away at the ice that formed before the snow fell, I sit in my warm house with a cup of Bewley’s (well, Good Earth tea, actually) chipping away at my Foley family brick wall.  Now is the perfect time for you to get chipping, too, whether you are in the Polar Vortex of Minnesota this week or warm Super Bowl Tampa!
Join us for our next webinar, Brick Wall Strategies. Michael John Neill of The Genealogy Tip of the Day, Rootdig and Search Tip of the Day fame will start us out with a series of brick wall ‘breaking through’ strategies, focusing on those that apply to tracking immigrant origins and determining emigration patterns. You will learn immigrant problem-solving strategies, cluster-group approaches, ways to determine the chain of emigration and organizational methods. 
Michael’s presentation will be followed by a panel of experts (Ann Eccles, Kathy Lund, Mary Wickersham) who will join Michael in chipping away at some conundrums received from nine of our participants. See what you can learn from our experts!
For more information and to register, go to Activities on the IGSI website.
I can hear it now…well, the wind but also the chipping away to find the Irish origins of my Foley family!
P.S. Unlike Zoom or Google Meet, participants are not on camera so feel free to wear your warmest PJs and join us!
February 1, 2021 By: IGSI Blogger
More free Irish BMD records
A whole additional year of historic Births, Marriages and Deaths are now available to view for free on the Irish Government's Irish Genealogy website.  The records being launched are the 
Birth register entries for 1920
                       Marriage Register entries for 1945 
                                    and Death Register entries for 1970
Read more here about the new Irish civil records now available at