The clock is ticking!

The Celtic Connections Conference ’16, August 5-6 in Minneapolis, is less than three months away, and you have only three weeks (and counting) to get the discounted registration fee of $150 for both conference days. This low rate is available only until May 31, so it’s time to get serious about attending this unique Midwest event!

The CCC '14 crowd listens intently to a presentation.

The CCC ’14 crowd listens intently to a presentation.

In 2014 IGSI (Irish Genealogical Society International) and TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association) brought family historians the sold-out Celtic Connections Conference in Waltham, Massachusetts. This year’s Celtic Connections Conference “Celtic Roots across America,” comes to you by the same co-hosts and promises another successful offering combining genealogy, history, music, and literature.

The August 5-6 conference features internationally-known genealogists from Ireland and Scotland: Brian Donovan, Dr. Bruce Durie, John Grenham, Brian Mitchell, and William Roulston, along with nine other family history experts from around the U.S.

Brian Mitchell, widely recognized for his genealogical expertise in North-West Ireland, leads off Friday’s sessions with a discussion of Irish placenames. The Friday program continues with twelve hour-long sessions on topics aimed at beginning, intermediate, and advanced family history researchers, and concludes with an evening banquet featuring Irish-born entrepreneur Kieran Folliard. A bagpiper, a harpist and Celtic fiddlers will entertain at conference events.

Saturday’s program continues with eleven hour-long sessions; an author luncheon featuring Erin Hart, well-known author of Irish mysteries; and a closing session on Irish records with distinguished genealogist and author, John Grenham.

Come a day early and experience a guided bus tour of scenic and historic areas of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

“Celtic Roots across America,” takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Minneapolis Park Place, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis. Specially-priced lodging for conference-goers is available at the conference site. Complete conference details, including the program brochure, hotel reservation information, and online registration, are available at

Don’t miss this fascinating gathering for those interested in Celtic history and culture. Register now!

(Thanks to Susan Steele and Lois Mackin for their significant input on this blog posting.)

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