Irish Fest

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

Countdown to Irish Fest...

Emigration Library Hours

Third Wednesday of each month

July 17, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

An extension to 8:00 pm can be arranged. Contact 414-395-0489 or ahead of time to arrange an extension.


Next Program

Watch Over Ireland
or learn about
Irish Genealogy Websites

Shorewood Village Center
3920 N. Murray Ave.
meeting rooms are on lower level

July 1, 2019
7:00 p.m.

IGSW Programs

All IGSW Programs are free

and open to the public.

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Program Archives

June Program

Tour of the School Sisters of Notre Dame North American Archives

2927 N 92nd St. at Bergstrom Hall. Enter through the doors on the north side of the buildings, come down the small flight of stairs and arrive at the first door on your left. Use the address listed above and not the main address of the university since this address offers easier access. Come at 6:30 pm and visit the Genealogical Archives.

Come and join us!

Monday, June 3, 2019
6:30 p.m.

Mount Mary University
Bergstrom Hall
2927 N 92nd St.
north side of the buildings

May Program

Map Collections and Other Resources

Jovanka Ristic, Senior Academic Librarian and Reference Librarian at the prestigious American Geographical Society Library will discuss its map collections and other resources. Ristic has presented at local, regional, and national genealogical programs.

Come and join us!

Monday, May 6, 2019
7:00 p.m.

Shorewood Village Center
3920 N. Murray Ave.
one block south of Capitol Drive
meeting rooms are on lower level
Shorewood, Wisconsin

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

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.

Upcoming Program

Women of 1916

Monday, January 4, 2016

7:00 p.m., Shorewood Library

(lower level meeting room)

Marguerite Helmers, Rosebush Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, will speak on the role of women in the Easter Rising. It is estimated that over 100 women served directly in the conflict, using their skills as doctors and nurses, and drawing on their courage to act as dispatch riders and to acquire supplies. Some, such as Constance Markievicz and Margaret Skinnider, fought alongside the men. Their stories speak of the desire for equality that the Proclamation of the new Irish Republic offered to its people.

Professor Helmers specializes in word and image relationships, particularly relating to 20th century Ireland and England. Recent publications include several articles on paintings, drawings, and maps from the First World War. Her book Harry Clarke's War: Ireland's Memorial Records, 1914-1918 was published by the Irish Academic Press in Autumn 2015.

The Return of Genetic Genealogy Ireland

Following its successful launch event in Dublin last year, Genetic Genealogy Ireland returns for a second 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: 17-19 October 2014 (Friday to Sunday)

Global Family Reunion

One World. One Family.
One Extraordinary Event.

You are invited to
the global family reunion
- Coming in June 2015 -

Top 100 Genealogy Websites for 2014

From GenealogyInTime Magazine. Click on above headline.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.