Irish Fest

39th Milwaukee Irish Fest is August 15-18, 2019

Countdown to Irish Fest...

Emigration Library Hours

Third Wednesday of each month

March 20, 2019

3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Next Program

DNA Results


2133 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Just west of Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

April 1, 2019

7:00 p.m.

IGSW Programs

All IGSW Programs are free

and open to the public.

Monthly Programs

April Roundtable

DNA Results - Reporting, Interpreting & Updates

A collaborative table is being planned to discuss what's new in genealogical DNA.
This includes a discussion of DNA sites, the types of results they provide,
and how to use them.

Come and join us!

Monday, April 1, 2019
7:00 p.m.

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

Emigration Library open Today

Update: Recently we announced that the Emigration Library was closed in February. We are pleased to announce that the Emigration Library is open today, Wednesday, February 20, from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm for genealogical research.

Future Meetings

Shorewood Village Center

3920 N. Murray Ave

1 block south of Capitol Drive

Meeting rooms are on lower level


Irish Cultural & Heritage Center (ICHC)

2133 W. Wisconsin Avenue

Milwaukee, WI


Genetic Genealogy Ireland

For links to lectures and information about DNA testing for genealogy in Ireland click on the above heading.

Genealogy Tent at Irish Fest

Irish Fest is August 15-18, 2019. Come and visit the Genealogy Tent on one or more days. There will be 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 the third Wednesday of each month 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 library is still available at other times for genealogical research. Call the Irish Emigration Library at 414-395-0489 to make an appointment.



March Program

DVD - Over Ireland

Get rare views of Ireland in this unique tour of the Emerald Isle
featuring expert cinematography from an accomplished aerial
production team and an original musical score.

Come and join us!

Monday, March 4, 2019
7:00 p.m.

Shorewood Public Library
Lower level meeting room
3920 N. Murray Ave.
1 block south of Capitol Drive

February Program

Why We Do Genealogy

IGSW President Jack Domencich will explore why we do genealogy, what gets us started, what drives us, and what emotions we encounter while doing genealogy.

Come and join us!

Monday, February 4, 2019
7:00 p.m.

Shorewood Village Center
3920 N. Murray Ave.
1 block south of Capitol Drive
Meeting rooms are on lower level

December Program
Annual Christmas Party

Come and join us in December!

Join us for our annual holiday membership gathering. Bring a treat to share - appetizers, desserts and snacks are all welcome. The ICHC cash bar will be open. We invite you to enjoy the holiday cheer, music and conversation.

Monday, December 3, 2018
7:00 p.m.

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

November Program

Please join us for “Celtic Spirituality”. IGSW member Jim Gill will speak to us on the topic of Celtic Spirituality. Jim has ministered as a Parish Catechetical Leader in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for 36 years and is now Associate Director of Programming at Siena Retreat Center in Racine. He has a Master’s degree in Religious Studies and is a certified Spiritual Director. He has had an interest in Celtic Spirituality for 30 years, and in 2001 led a Celtic Spirituality Pilgrimage to Ireland. Come and join us.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Shorewood Village Center

3920 N. Murray Avenue

7:00 p.m.

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.