Irish Fest

38th Milwaukee Irish Fest is August 16-19, 2018

Look for us in the genealogy tent.

Countdown to Irish Fest...

September Library Hours

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

3:00 PM - 8:00 PM


October Library Hours

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

3:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Next Program

September 10, 2018
Shore wood Village Center 3920 N. Murray Avenue
Shorewood, WI
7:00 p.m.

Early Irish Immigration to Milwaukee

IGSW Programs

All IGSW Programs are free

and open to the public.

September Program

Please join us for EARLY IRISH IMMIGRATION TO MILWAUKEE - IGSW member and author of Dreams and Disasters: The Irish in Milwaukee, Carl Baehr, will discuss the early Irish in Milwaukee. Topics will include the background and reasons for immigration of early Irish arrivals in Milwaukee, their occupations, and the early Irish neighborhoods.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Shorewood Village Center

3920 N. Murray Avenue

7:00 p.m.

October Program

”Nights of the Roundtable”

Topics to be determined

Come and join us in October!

Monday, October 1, 2018
7:00 p.m.

Irish Cultural & Heritage Center
2133 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Just west of Marquette University
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

November 5, 2018

Subject to be determined.

Shorewood Village Center

3920 N. Murray Ave

1 block south of Capital Drive

Meeting rooms are on lower level

Come join us.


Genealogy Tent at Irish Fest

Irish Fest is August 16-19, 2018. Come and visit the Genealogy Tent on one or more days. There are volunteers available to help you with your genealogy questions!


New Library Hours

The Irish Emigration Library will be open from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, for you to research your family history. There are opportunities to meet with other members who can help with your questions and genealogical search. Come and go as you please.

The new library hours are a once-a-month gathering on the third Wednesday of every month. These new hours replace the once-a-week hours. The library is still available at other times for genealogical research. Call the Irish Emigration Library at 414-395-0489 to make an appointment.


July 2017

Irish Eyes, the Story of Nebraska's Irish

Join us for this filmed documentary of the migration from
the East Coast to Nebraska territory.

Monday, July 10, 2017
7:00 p.m.

Shorewood Village Center Meeting Room
Lower Level, Shorewood Public Library










IGSW Programs are free and open to the public.


IGSW Programs are free and open to the public.


IGSW Programs are free and open to the public.



IGSW Programs are free and open to the public.

Marquette High’s Civil War Soldier


IGSW Programs are free and open to the public.

Easter Rising Book Discussion


IGSW Programs are free and open to the public.

Get Published in the IGSW Quarterly

To view a downloadable pdf document describing how you can get published in the IGSW Quarterly click here: Get Published

Historic Graves of Ireland


IGSW Programs are free and open to the public.

Loss of an IGSW Founder

Jane Maher

Jane C. Maher

We are saddened to convey that Jane Maher, one of IGSW’s founders, passed away on March 28, 2016. Jane was the first president of IGSW and remained active on the board through subsequent decades, always offering welcome perspective and wisdom to the organization. Together with her husband Bill Maher and Doris and Cal Cummings, she oversaw the development of the Irish Emigration Library, and continued to direct and staff the library into the current year. After her husband’s death, she single handedly edited the IGSW Quarterly, ensuring its continuance through 25 years.

Jane’s productivity and resilience were matched by her keen intelligence and truly remarkable memory. She remembered and recognized virtually every library visitor and Fest genealogy volunteer, recalling with ease their families and their stories. Always measured and careful in her decisions and her words, she embodied grace and kindness. She will be deeply missed.

Funeral mass will be at 7pm Monday, April 4, at Pius X in Wauwatosa with visitation beginning at 4pm.

The IGSW board welcomes suggestions from the membership for a memorial to this remarkable woman.

Genetic Genealogy Ireland

Following its successful launch event in Dublin in 2013, Genetic Genealogy Ireland returns for a third year of DNA Lectures at the Back to Our Past event in Dublin, once again kindly sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA and organised by volunteers from ISOGG.

Date: 9-11 October 2015 (Friday to Sunday)

The Genealogy Event

August 21 & 22, 2015, Adare, Co. Limerick
For more information and tickets click on the headline above.
Sponsored by

Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2015

From GenealogyInTime Magazine. Click on above headline.

Genealogical Resources at the Milwaukee Public Library

PowerPoint presentation from the IGSW Program of May 4, 2015

Click on the arrows at the bottom of the screen to change the slides.

Presentation courtesy of Milwaukee Public Library. Written permission to publish any images in this presentation must be obtained from copyright or literary rights owner and from the library for any publication or commercial use of copies.

Five Minute Find: Finding Irish Origins

Learn how to find your story on

Irish Genealogy

Explore your family history.

Irish Roots

Six tactics of the successful researcher:
by John Grenham

Click Here

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:

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 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.


Click here:

to watch the Ken Burns Prohibition Documentary on PBS.