Irish Fest

43th Milwaukee Irish Fest is August 17-20, 2023

Countdown to Irish Fest...

Emigration Library Hours

The Library is closed until further notice.

Third Wednesday of each month
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

IGSW Cemetery Tour
& Tally Ho

Monday, June 7, 2021
6:00 pm

St. Patrick's Cemetery
Erin, Wisconsin

IGSW Programs

All IGSW Programs are free

and open to the public.

Website Security

New security features have been added to the IGSW website.
For a secure connection to the website, use the web address

IGSW Cemetery Tour & Tally Ho

Come and join us on Monday, June 7, 2021, for a tour of St. Patrick's Cemetery in Erin, Wisconsin. We will meet at 6:00 pm at the cemetery (St.Patrick Lane, East of Hwy 83). Quench your thirst at Tally Ho's afterwards.

Looking forward to reconnecting!

Programs Cancelled through December

We are sorry to announce that, due to COVID-19, the monthly programs now and through December are cancelled. We will keep you updated about when programs will begin again.

Library Hours now and through December


The Library will reopen as soon as the

building management allows access.

May Program Cancelled

We are sorry to announce that, due to COVID-19, the May Program has been cancelled. We will keep you updated about future programs.

Library Hours in May


The Library will reopen as soon as the

building management allows access.

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 13-16, 2020. Come and visit the Genealogy Tent on one or more days. The tent is now moved into the Cultural Village. 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 6:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month for you to research your family history. Extra time can be extended up to 8:00 pm with a previous appointment. Call 414-395-0489 or send an email to to arrange an extension. Meet with other members who can help you with your questions and genealogical search. Come and go as you please.

The library is also available at other times of the month for genealogical research. Call the Irish Emigration Library at 414-395-0489 or email to make an appointment.

Programs Archive

A new page has been set up to view the archive of past programs. Scroll up this page to the menu bar and click on "PROGRAMS ARCHIVE" on the right side.

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

An Irish family history website has discovered records which reveal that Walt Disney's ancestors rented 33 acres of land in County Kilkenny. Dublin based website has 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.