Countdown to CCC ’16 registration

We’ve posted several times about the Celtic Connections Conference ’16, to be held August 5-6 in Minneapolis, MN. The planning committee is putting final touches on an awesome program, and we anticipate registration will open in early February.


Latest issue of Irish Lives Remembered

In between holiday shopping and cards, you should take time to read the November/December issue of Irish Lives Remembered.


Another CCC ’16 Headliner

Brian Donovan is the latest internationally-known genealogist to be announced as a presenter at the 2016 Celtic Connections Conference to be held August 5-6, 2016, in Minneapolis, MN.


LOC research sources for Irish genealogy

The Library of Congress (LOC) may not be on your short list of places to visit to conduct research, but its guide could help you at many other large libraries.


Four BIG NAMES in Genealogy Confirmed as CCC ’16 speakers

Minneapolis is definitely the “place to be” August 5-6, 2016, based on the first announcement of presenters for the Celtic Connections Conference ’16.


Finn McCool, Michael Cooper and Brian Mitchell

A day’s travel itinerary could not get any better than what we experienced yesterday on IGSI’s tour of Ireland.


John Steinbeck looks for his Derry roots

I was fascinated to read the Tower Museum’s Facebook page “on this day” entry:

On 17 August 1952 John Steinbeck wrote from his hotel in Derry to his friend and editor, Pat Covici, “We just got here. We’re on a hunt for the seat of the Hamiltons…It should be a very interesting experience…However, whatever happens […]

Follow Derry genealogy on Facebook

You can now follow Derry genealogy – as well as archive, museum, education, outreach and event services of Derry City and Strabane District Council – in its new home in Derry’s award-winning Tower museum at


“To dear old Scotland with my Ain Folk”

Here’s a delightful step back in time, sent to IGSI courtesy of our friend Brian Mitchell. You can feel the excitement (if not hear the crowds) in the little video showing the Scottish Americans returning to Glasgow for a visit:

Anchor Line Express Service

The Anchor Line, from 1866 right through to 1939, operated its […]

“Final Voyage of Ill-Fated Lusitania”

Well-known genealogist Brian Mitchell has shared a link to his story about his father’s cousin, Walter Dawson Mitchell, who drowned nearly 100 years ago when the RMS Lusitania was torpedoed by a German submarine.