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Helping you find and get to know your Irish ancestors and heritage is what IGSI is all about. We have gathered into this one location a summary of the resources that will help you get started. All of these pages are introductory; some provide links to further resources, some do not. This section offers an introduction to Irish genealogical research.
Get organized. Irish genealogy uses the same strategies of research that all genealogists follow. The introduction to genealogy section offers pointers to get you started.
Focus on your family. Begin your Irish Research offers advice for starting your search for ancestors. Additional research sheets provide information about
Learn about Irish records. The major Irish records contain valuable genealogical information. Recognizing key essential genealogical records related to Irish family and knowing how to use them helps direct your research.
  • Whether census substitutes or other official lists with surnames, church or civil records, land or military records – you need to know what records are available. These are the major kinds of Irish Records that contain genealogical information.
  • Understanding Irish jurisdictions and places, such as Civil vs Roman Catholic Parish, Counties, Baronies and Townlands is critical to locating some records.
Learn Irish history. Genealogy cannot be successful without a basic understanding of the history of the time in which your ancestors lived. The major kinds of Irish records that contain genealogical information. Irish history provides a brief overview of some facts related to Irish emigrations of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Explore the website. Beyond this short orientation to starting your research, IGSI offers more opportunities to explore elsewhere on this website:
  • Monthly classes
  • Regular publications – our blog, eNewsletter, and quarterly journal, The Septs
  • Conferences and research trips
  • Member surname research list
  • List of links to Irish repositories and resources
Get assistance. Facing a brickwall in your research? For a fee, IGSI researchers will help you explore options to get past it and get back on track with your research.
Visit the library. Member or not, you can visit our library where you will find one of the finest collections of Irish genealogy and history books in North America. Everyone is welcome to attend our classes and get help from expert Irish researchers on Irish Saturdays.