Irish Fest

34th Milwaukee Irish Fest is August 14-17, 2014

Countdown to Irish Fest...



Next Meeting

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Monday, May 5, 7pm



Five Minute Find: Finding Irish Origins



Learn how to find your story on Ancestry.com.


Irish Genealogy


Explore your family history.

Top 100 Genealogy Websites for 2014


Irish Roots


Six tactics of the successful researcher:
by John Grenham

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Tracing your roots at the Irish Emigration Library


Jane Maher

Sponsored by the Irish Genealogical Society of Wisconsin, the Irish Emigration Library is free and open to the public. It houses a unique collection of genealogical information not found anywhere else in Wisconsin. Books, periodicals, maps, microfilm and city directories are just a few of the resources found at the library to assist you in tracking your family history. Perhaps the most important resource at the Library is Jane Maher, Director of the Irish Emigration Library and founder of the Irish Genealogical Society of Wisconsin. Founded in 1999, Jane and a small group of volunteers will help you trace your family history.

Radio interview with Jane and more at: 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

The Gathering


Parishes are inviting descendants in 2013:

thegatheringireland.com
irelandxo.com

Top 100 Genealogy Websites for 2013


From GenealogyInTime Magazine is their annual review and ranking of the top 100 genealogy websites from around the world. (PDF here)

Brian Murphy - Irishman of the Year


Lt. Brian Murphy

Congratulations to Lt. Brian Murphy of the Oak Creek Police Department and hero of the Sikh Temple Shootings who will be named the Emerald Society's Irishman of the Year.






MICHELLE OBAMA'S IRISH ANCESTRY


Turtle Bunbury: "For many of us, our main understanding of the American South, slavery and the Civil War derives from countless viewings of 'Gone with the Wind.' New research has revealed that Michelle Obama's forefathers include Charles Shields, a slave-owner of Irish descent, who lived in the very same county in Georgia State where the fictional Scarlet O'Hara's family lived. This is the remarkable story of how Charles Shields and a slave girl called Melvina became ancestors of the first African-American to become First Lady of the United States."

more at: click here for article

Edie Falco Finds Roots in Milwaukee


Watch Edie Falco travel to Milwaukee to find her roots on "Who Do You Think You Are?"

1940 Census Records Are Online!


(AP) April 2, 2012

The 1940 census records were released this morning, and the National Archives website buckled under the load.

About 1.9 million users hit the archives servers in the first four hours the data went public, but many of those users got no further than a screen that said "Preparing Image."

20 Years Ago the IGSW Was Formed

Click here to read the original article written by our founder Jane Mahar Maher.

Irish genealogical site unearths
Walt Disney's Irish roots


Walt DisneyAn Irish family history website have discovered records which reveal that Walt Disney's ancestors rented 33 acres of land in County Kilkenny.

Dublin based website findmypast.ie have uncovered documents clearly showing the family's links to the small parish of Rathbeagh.

The cartoonist has long been rumoured to have ancestry in Ireland, but the newly discovered records show, in detail, Disney's family history.

Prohibition

Click here:

to Watch the Ken Burns Prohibition Documentary on PBS.

Milwaukee Irish Fest: Wild Mountain Thyme

In 2010 Milwaukee Irish Fest celebrated its 30th anniversary. In doing so the festival brought in many great musical friends that have graced the Irish Fest stages through these years. The Ward Irish Music Archives put together a film to document this occasion. Using the iconic song Wild Mountain Thyme as our theme, this film highlights one of the great gatherings of Irish musicians in one moment in time, always the third weekend in August.

Byron Kilbourn

Byron Kilbourn At our September meeting, Frank Matusinec gave a presentation on how the body of Byron Kilbourn was exhumed in Jacksonville, Florida and returned and buried with his family in Milwaukee back in 1998.

Who Do You Think You Are?

Rosie O'Donnell travels from Jersey City to Ireland on an emotional ride to discover her mother's roots.

John McCabe at Irish Fest

We were honored to have John McCabe with us at the genealogy tent for the 2010 Irish Fest. He was born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. Before the Plantation (1612) Enniskillen Island was the Headquarters of the Maguire Clan. Today the original Enniskillen Castle complex where the Maguire's resided, incorporates the local Museum.

In the early 1960's he established a genealogical research service the basis of which was to assist overseas residents to trace their ancestors in Ulster Province. This Province includes the six Counties which today form Northern Ireland viz - Counties Antrim, Armagh, Derry/Londonderry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone.

In addition to his work, he enjoys identifying 'hidden' records relating to Irish emigrants, migrants, transportees from Ireland and military personnel. The most successful outcome was the finding of some seven hundred families, mostly Irish, residing in Bytown (Ottawa) in 1829. In 1988 he delivered the Houston Memorial Lecture at Seminar 88 in Ottawa which included photocopies of the above mentioned 1829 list. This source was published by the Ontario Genealogical Society as the McCABE LIST - EARLY IRISH IN THE OTTAWA VALLEY. Editor Bruce S. Elliott.


Irish center faces loss of building





The Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, 2133 W. Wisconsin, is a local and national historic landmark. The center finds itself in a financial situation where the board may have to put the building up for sale.





Jane Maher (left), director of the library, and Mary Kay Kuhfittig, a volunteer librarian, study a map of Ireland. "The very idea to be losing the home for this library is unbelievable," Maher said.