IGSI bookstore liquidation

If you’re an IGSI member, you recently received an email message or a postcard announcing the liquidation of our online bookstore and, as a result, a special sale for our members.

The bookstore business has become much more difficult (remember Borders?). For many years IGSI occupied an important niche as a source for hard-to-find Irish genealogical publications. Times have changed. The IGSI board has decided to move on to other initiatives which better support our goals and membership (e.g., genealogy conferences and continued enhancements to our excellent library collection). Our valued members now have the opportunity to purchase books and maps – as shown on a special inventory listing shared with them – at 50% off.

I am sorry if you’re reading this and you’re not an IGSI member. While this sale may be later extended to the public, most of the best “stuff” is going fast. The inventory you still see in the IGSI online bookstore may or may not be in stock. Orders continue to roll in, and there’s no time to make sure the website is absolutely accurate.

Here’s more of the story: Although IGSI has a large membership, it has a relatively small pool of volunteers here in Minnesota. Our volunteers frequently wear multiple hats. As an example, the IGSI blog editor is also managing the bookstore liquidation. (Picture Lucy and Ethel working in the candy factory…) My dining room table is covered with books. I’m making entries to invoices on our desktop computer while responding to email messages on a laptop beside it.

This isn’t about “poor me.” It’s meant to provide background as to how I came to make bad decisions this morning. It being St Patrick’s Day, I wanted to share something special with our readers. And most days when I’m surfing blogs, I find the very hottest information on Claire Santry’s blog at www.irishgenealogynews.com/.

If your principal genealogy interest is Irish, and you have time to read only one blog,  it should be Claire Santry’s.

Most of my blog subject material today (3 out of 4 items) came from her, and I gave inadequate credit. Being in a hurry is no excuse for tacky blogging behavior. For today and any other time I didn’t acknowledge sources, I apologize and promise to be more careful in the future.

P.S. One last comment about the IGSI bookstore: if you know of a library or genealogical/historical society that might be interested in purchasing what remains of our inventory (after the members’ sale), contact Blog@IrishGenealogical.org. I’ll start a waitlist for non-members.

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