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Please see our Activities page for upcoming paid webinars and Webinar recordings for recordings of past paid webinars.
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Topic Featuring Date
Burren Girl Documentary: Behind the Scenes Rita Davern June 12, 2021
Rita Davern is a Minnesota woman who searched for the place and people her grandmother left behind. The quest took her to the Burren: a beautiful, windswept region of County Clare, Ireland. There she found a clan - and its medieval legacy - that were scattered and lost during some of the most difficult centuries in Irish history. 
Free for all to view.  Click on the title to view the webinar (opens in a new browser window)
Genealogical Resources in the Irish Archives David Ouimette May 8, 2021
Parish registers, census returns, Griffith's Valuation, and civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths provide a great beginning for Irish family history research. However, a careful search of record repositories in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom reveals more: collections of estate papers, tenement and townland valuations, valuation revision books, tithe applotments, poor law registers, vestry minutes, ordinance survey maps, deeds and memorials, National School registers, militia lists, electoral rolls, Petty Sessions court registers, Irish Reproductive Loan Fund records, outrage papers, and much more. 
I Got My DNA Results - Now What??? Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG April 10, 2021
This 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. Takeaways from this webinar: How the major four DNA testing companies differ; reliability of ethnicity estimates; and, determining and communicating with cousin matches. There is a four-page handout plus two relationship charts.
Irish Famines and Emigration - Before, During and After the Great Hunger Prof. Christine Kinealy & Dr. Gerard Moran March 13, 2021
In this presentation you will learn of the impact of famines on Ireland, the role of government and its agencies in relation to famine relief, 19th century emigration patterns, the settlement patterns of Irish emigrants and go through a case study of Irish famine emigrants and marriage in New York. (A reading list of relevant material will be provided).
Brick Wall Strategies Michael John Neill Feb. 13, 2021
Panelists:  Ann Eccles, Kathy Lund, Michael John Neill & Mary Wickersham
Do you have some Irish brick walls in your family tree research? This session discusses a series of "brickwall" breaking through strategies, focusing on those that apply to tracking immigrant origins and determining emigration patterns. Participants learn immigrant problem-solving strategies, cluster-group approaches, ways to determine the chain of emigration and organizational methods.
Researching in Ireland: Your Guided Tour Donna Moughty Jan. 9, 2021
NOTE: This recording is no longer available.  This lecture looked at the major repositories in Ireland (both Dublin and Belfast) and the types of records they hold to assist you in planning your trip. It also discussed local resources outside of the major repositories.
Finding Your Overseas Irish Ancestors: An Irish Case Study Lois Mackin Nov. 14, 2020
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!
"Tracing Your Irish Ancestors": Come Along with Tom and Mary on a Journey with John Grenham Tom Rice and Mary Wickersham Oct. 17, 2020
John Grenham's "Tracing Your Irish Ancestors" is often called the 'bible' for anyone researching their Irish roots. Mary and Tom lead us through this amazing resource.
How to Get Ready to Search Irish Records Kevin Cassidy Sept. 19, 2020
What researchers must do for success in Irish records, turn every stone in their North American records to discover: the names of their Irish immigrants, the names of the immigrants' parents and their place of origin in Ireland.
FamilySearch:  In-Depth Tom Rice Sept.12, 2020
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world - and it's over 4+ billion records are available to you for free! Tom Rice will help you navigate among the FamilySearch website. For beginner or experienced researchers.  Find tips and techniques to help fill in the branches on your tree.
The Connemaras: Despair in the Heartland Jane Kennedy June 25, 2020
This fascinating story and Jane's experience finding the information is bound to help you with researching your Irish ancestors, no matter where in Ireland they hailed from.
Free for all to view.  Click on the title to view the webinar (opens in a new browser window)
Irish Church Records Tom Rice June 11, 2020
Unlike many other records, parish registers provide evidence of direct links between one generation and the next (via baptismal registers) and one family and another (via marriage registers).
Work Your Way to Ireland Using American Records First Sheila Benedict May 26, 2020
Learn about the differences between Irish and American records, the types of records, and where they are located.  It will compare and contrast the information and what to expect.
Following the Irish Trail to Canada & Beyond Tammy Priolo March 18, 2020
Free to members - link here  Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) and the Canadian Interest Group (CIG) of the Minnesota Genealogical Society partnered to offer an exciting learning opportunity