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Virtual Celtic Connections Conference program
Friday, July 31 through Monday, August 31
Virtual Celtic Connections Conference program  (Conferences)
The Irish Genealogical Society Intl (IGSI) and The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) proudly announce the virtual Celtic Connections Conference program, available beginning July 31!
 
While the COVID-19 pandemic caused us to take a detour on our “Journey Home,” a new trail is even better. Learn from 11 outstanding speakers, 25 pre-recorded presentations and live chats with the presenters.
Consider these advantages:
  • On-demand presentations – No difficult decisions about which lecture to attend! All 25 pre-recorded presentations are available for you to view whenever you choose
  • Conference extended from July 31-August 31 – Plenty of time to listen to any and all talks of interest to you (as long as you do so before August 31)
  • Live chat sessions with the presenters – Opportunities for you to ask questions and interact with our speakers and other attendees
  • Safe, convenient and less expensive – No risky and costly travel, no reservations, no trip delays
  • Renowned genealogists cover a variety of topics – We’re excited to add DNA expert Maurice Gleeson to our slate of presenters! See the complete program listing at our website (http://celtic-connections.org/ccc_program.html)
  • Online syllabus – Electronic version of the conference syllabus
Get all this for only $99Registration is now open.



Fire, Water, and the 1890 U.S. Census: Researching Beyond the Ashes and Mold
Saturday, August 15
Fire, Water, and the 1890 U.S. Census: Researching Beyond the Ashes and Mold  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Most genealogists are aware the 1890 federal census was destroyed by fire in 1921. Learn the sad story behind this historical and genealogical tragedy and how to work around the loss of that precious record.
 
About the Presenter: Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG®, began researching her Swedish and German ancestors more than forty years ago. She is president of Northland Chapter Association for Professional Genealogists, co-editor of Minnesota Genealogist journal, and serves as a director for the Minnesota Genealogical Society. Liz is also a member of the National Genealogical Society and several ethnic societies. She has received MGS’s North Star Award and the Aubrey Zube Jones Award for her writing. Liz researches professionally for clients from across the U.S. and overseas as Red Bird Genealogy Services.
 



Keeping Up With the Jones Girls: Discovering a Relationship Using Indirect Evidence
Wednesday, September 2
Keeping Up With the Jones Girls: Discovering a Relationship Using Indirect Evidence  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Description:
This presentation by Pauline Merrick is a case study which connects a woman with her parents in 19th century Connecticut. Her maiden name is known, as it is on her gravestone, but unfortunately that name is “Jones.” No document names her parents. By investigating potential parental couples, studying their known children, and identifying those children’s transactions with our target person, we will weave her back into her family. The techniques that were used are applicable to similar problems, regardless of location.

About the Presenter:
Pauline C. Merrick has been involved in genealogy for most of her life, attending family reunions from a young age. Recently retired after over 30 years in the manufacturing sector, she now has the freedom to pursue her true calling - finding those elusive ancestors. This presentation is based on the case study submitted with her Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) portfolio.
 


FamilySearch: In-Depth
Saturday, September 12
FamilySearch: In-Depth  (Webinars)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world – and it’s over 4+ billion records are available to you for free!  Now if you could only find ‘your’ people among those billions. But have no fear, Tom Rice will be here to help you navigate the FamilySearch website. You NEED to attend this class whether you are a beginner or experienced researcher. You are sure to find tips and techniques to help fill in the branches on your tree.

Presenter: Tom Rice, CG: Tom is a professional genealogy writer, lecturer, and researcher. He is a past officer and director of IGSI and past director of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He is managing editor of The Septs and is a genealogy desk volunteer at the Minnesota Historical Society library.
 
$15 for IGSI members/$20 for non-members. Members may obtain the Discount code from Kathleen Foley, IGSI Education Chair at Education@IrishGenealogical.org
 
 


Death Records and Cemetery Research
Saturday, September 19
Death Records and Cemetery Research  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Death is a record rich event. These records provide a wealth of genealogical and family history information. Learn about all of the types of records that can be found associated with a death from church and civil records, mortuary records, cemetery records and others such as estate settlement and insurance claims. Learn where to find and harvest these.
 
About the Presenter: Tom Rice, CG®, is a professional genealogical researcher, lecturer, and writer. He is a past director of the Minnesota Genealogy Society, past officer and director of the Irish Genealogy Society International, managing editor of their journal, The Septs, and a Minnesota Historical Society genealogy help desk volunteer.
 


How to Get Ready to Search Irish Records
Saturday, September 19
How to Get Ready to Search Irish Records  (Webinars)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
 
This presentation details what researchers must do before they can expect to have success in Irish records. It can not be stressed enough that researchers must turn every stone in their North American records set to discover three things: the names of their Irish immigrants, the names of the immigrants' parents and their place of origin in Ireland. It is extremely difficult if not impossible to have success in Irish records without these facts.
 
The talk takes researchers from starting with what they know to interviewing relations and then researching records. Strategies and records sets are discussed at length to develop a full set of immigrant relatives to look for answers to parents' names and places of origin in Ireland.
 
The program is an hour-long Keynote presentation with slides that depict examples of records that researchers will find necessary in the pursuit of their Irish roots. Questions are encouraged at the end of the presentation to further discussion and provide guidance for future research. Records to be discussed will include: Death certificate, Obituary, Cemetery, Probate, Funeral Home, Marriage(s), Censuses, Naturalization, Passenger lists, Passport applications, Religious Order Biographies, Newspaper clippings, Military Enlistment, Military Pension, Church records, County Histories and Bank records.
 
About the Presenter: Kevin Cassidy is an avid researcher and lecturer on genealogy topics. He has searched his own family tree back to the 8 Irish townlands of origin for his great-grandparents since 1994. Kevin has also had several pieces published in newsletters and genealogy magazines including Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today. His talks are research and strategy centered. Each family tree is unique to itself and he encourages researchers with a plethora of examples and research approaches that will advance their own research goals. He has spoken across the United States and in Northern Ireland, Ireland and Canada through July 2020. He has history and law degrees and a diploma in family history.
 
This class is intended for the general and intermediate level researchers. 

$15 for IGSI members/$20 for non-members.  Members may obtain the Discount code from Kathleen Foley, IGSI Education Chair at Education@IrishGenealogical.org
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Tracing Your Irish Ancestors
Saturday, October 17
Tracing Your Irish Ancestors  (Webinars)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Come Along with Tom and Mary on a Journey with John Grenham.
 
John Grenham’s “Tracing Your Irish Ancestors” is often called the ‘bible’ for anyone researching their Irish roots. Now in its 5th edition (published by Gill Books in April 2019, it is available through local bookstores and on Amazon).  Per Amazon, “The fifth edition of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors retains its familiar three-part structure, combining a detailed guide for beginners with thorough descriptions of all the useful sources and county-by-county reference lists. Additionally, all the changes that have been brought about by modern technology – internet records and DNA testing, which make researching your family background easier than ever – are explained in this indispensable guide.”
 
Mary Wickersham and Tom Rice will lead us through this amazing resource that “can be used by the absolute beginner, the keen amateur and even the more experienced genealogist” (The Irish Times).
 
Mary Wickersham is a longtime member of the Irish Genealogical Society International and the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and a past director for both societies.  She has over 12 years’ experience as a professional genealogist and lecturer.  Her background is in software and websites.

Tom Rice, CG is a professional genealogy writer, lecturer and researcher. He is a past officer and director of IGSI and past director of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He is managing editor of The Septs and is a genealogy desk volunteer at the Minnesota Historical Society library.
 
$15 for IGSI members/$20 for non-members.  Members may obtain the Discount code from Kathleen Foley, IGSI Education Chair at Education@IrishGenealogical.org



Finding Your Overseas Irish Ancestors: A Case Study
Saturday, November 14
Finding Your Overseas Irish Ancestors: A Case Study  (Webinars)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Most of our ancestors came here from overseas, and often we don’t know their place of origin. This talk, featuring a Wisconsin Irishman, shows how to find his Irish place of origin using the American records he and his family left.

Presenter: Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., is a professional genealogist focusing on American and English research. Lois writes for several publications, including The Septs, and teaches about genealogical records and methods,  including DNA. In her spare time, she volunteers for several genealogical and lineage societies. She is a past president of the Northland Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a past officer and education chair of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.
 
$15 for IGSI members/$20 for non-members.  Members may obtain the Discount code from Kathleen Foley, IGSI Education Chair at Education@IrishGenealogical.org
 


Swedish Historical Maps and Online Map Collections
Saturday, November 21
Swedish Historical Maps and Online Map Collections  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
This is an introduction to the digitized historic map collections covering most farms and villages from the 1600s to the 1900s available at the Swedish National Archives and the Swedish Land Registry. We will also look at the millions of supporting property records and many other types of maps important for genealogical research.
 
About the Presenter: Bob Johnson is an attorney and holds a Certified Genealogist® credential. As a professional genealogist, he has specialized in Scandinavian, U.S., German, and forensic genealogical research for over forty years. He studied in Sweden and is active in many genealogical societies throughout the U.S. and Scandinavia. He currently is a Director on the Board of the Minnesota Genealogical Society and is the chair of the Society’s Education Committee. Before returning to Minnesota in 2018 he had lived in Washington, DC, primarily in the research rooms of the DAR, National Archives, and the Library of Congress.
 



Naturalization Records for Genealogists
Saturday, December 12
Naturalization Records for Genealogists  (Classes)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Minnesota Genealogy Center 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Did your immigrant ancestor become an American citizen? Learn about clues to find these valuable records.
 
About the Presenter: Cathi Weber has been a genealogical researcher for more than 30 years. She has researched in more than 10 states, as well as at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Cathi has taught classes for the Anoka County Genealogical Society and is the 2010 winner of the MGS North Star Award.