Irish Fest

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

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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.

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The I.G.S.W. provides a sales table of research-oriented books and other research aids to assist members in their family history research. Many of these books are not available in traditional book stores but are essential. A sampling of these research aids follows:

The Children's Aid Society of New York - An Index to the Federal, State, and Local Census Records of Its Lodging Houses (1855-1925) - Carolee R. Inskeep - Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc. by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, Baltimore, Maryland, 1996, 1998. -- Review

A Genealogical Guide for North Americans. Kyle J. Betit and Dwight A. Radford. Salt Lake City, UT. The Irish at Home and Abroad, 1995. -- Review

The Center: A Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Capital Area by Christina K. Schaefer. Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, 1997. -- Review

Shaking Your Family Tree. Dr. Ralph J.Crandall, Dublin, NH. Yankee Publishing, Inc., 1986 -- Review

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: The Complete Guide. John Grenham, Dublin. Gill and Macmillan, 1992. -- Review

Tracing Your Cork Ancestors. Tony McCarthy and Tim Cadogan, Flyleaf Press, Co. Dublin, Ireland. -- Review

Guide to Genealogical Collections in the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area. Library Council of Metropolitan Milwaukee, Inc., 1996.

The Surnames of Ireland. Edward MacLysaght, 1957. Reprint, 1997: Irish Academic Press, Ltd., Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland. -- Review

Special Report on Surnames in Ireland. Robert E. Matheson, 1901. Reprint, 1994: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD. -- Review

The Irish Roots Guide. Tony McCarthy, Dublin: The Lilliput Press, 1991. -- Review

A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland. Brian Mitchell. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD., 1986. -- Review

A Guide to Irish Parish Registers. Brian Mitchell. Genealogical Publishing, Inc., Baltimore, MD.,1988. -- Review

A Guide to Irish Churches and Graveyards. Brian Mitchell. Genealogical Publishing Co.. Inc., Baltimore, MD.

Grosse Isle, Gateway to Canada 1832-1957. Marianna O'Gallagher. Quebec: Carraig Books, 1984.

Sources for Family and Local History, Salt Lake City, UT. James G. Ryan, Ph.D. Irish Records: Ancestry, 1988. Revised edition in 1997.

The Great Hunger, Ireland 1845-1849. Cecil Woodham-Smith. New York: Penguin Books, 1962.

Town of Granville (Milwaukee Co.) Irish and St. Michael's Cemetery. Miriam Bird. Milwaukee, WI., Milwaukee County Genealgocial Society, Inc., 1995.

A Guide to Tracing Dublin Ancestors. James G. Ryan. Flyleaf Press, Glenageary, Co. Dublin, Ireland. 1988.

Tracing Your Kerry Ancestors. Michael H. O'Connor. Flyleaf Press, Glenageary, Co. Dublin, Ireland. 2nd Ed. 1994.

Eyewitness Grosse Isle 1847. Marianna O'Gallagher, Rose Masson Dompierre. Livres Carraig Books. Quebec, Canada, 1995.

Genealogy in Ontario: Searching The Records. Brenda Dougall Merriman. Ontario Genealogical Society and Brenda Dougall Merriman. Ontario, Canada, 3rd ed., 1996.

A Short History of Ireland. Sean McMahon. Dufour Editions, Chester Springs, PA., 1996.

In Search of Your Canadian Roots. Angus Baxter. Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., Baltimore, MD., 2nd ed., 1994.

Guide to Family History Research in the Archival Repositories United Church Canada. Compiled by the Committee on Archives and History, The United Church of Canada. The Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto, Canada.

Erin's Daughters In America. Hasia R. Diner. John Hopkins University Press. Baltimore, MD., 1983.

Scottish Clans. Alex Fulton. Chartwell Books, A division of Book Sales, Inc., Edison, N.J.

The Ancestor Album. Tony McCarthy. Lilliput Press, Dublin, Ireland, 1994.

General Alphabetical Index to Townlands and Towns, Parishes and Baronies of Ireland. Reprinted with permission Controller Stationary Office Dublin (Orginally published 1861). Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., Baltimore, MD.

Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy. Brian Mitchell. Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., Baltimore, MD., 1991.

Civil War Draft Records, An Index to the 38th Congressional Districts of 1863. Nancy Justus Morbeck. Nancy Morbeck, Vacaville, CA., 1992.

Census for Dummies. Nancy Justus Morbeck. Nancy Morbeck Vacaville, CA., 1997.

The Irish Wedding Book. Kim Mc Guire. Wolfhound Press. Dublin, Ireland, 1997.

All Ireland Road Atlas. Bartholomew. (An Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers). Rotolito Lombarda spa, Italy, 1996.

Clans and Tartans. David McAllister and Chales Maclean. Appletree Press Ltd. Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1995.

Here Be Dragons. Althea Douglas, M.A., C.G. (C). The Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto, Canada. 1996.

How To Climb Your Family Tree. Harriet Stryker-Rodda. Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., Baltimore, MD.

The Little Book of Irish Clans. John Grenham. Chartwell Books, A division of Book Sales Inc.

Irish Family Names Map. Bartholomew. Edinburgh, Scotland.

Tracing Your Irish Roots. Christine Kinealy. Appletree Guide. Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1991.

The Source. Loretta Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. Ancestry. Salt Lake City. UT. 1997.

roots for kids, A Genealogical Guide for Young People. Susan Provost Beller. Genealogical Publishing Co.,Inc., Baltimore, MD., 1997.

The Center, A Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Capital Area. Christina K. Schaefer. Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1996.

Netting Your Ancestors, Genealogy Research on the Internet. Cyndi Howells. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD., 1997.

State Census Records. Ann S. Lainhart. Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., Baltimore, MD., 4th ed., 1987.

Real Ireland 1998 (Calendar). Photography - Liam Blake, Design - Brian Murphy. Real Ireland Design, Ltd. Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

Irish Stories for Christmas. John B. Keane. Roberts Rinehart Publishers. Boulder, CO., 1984.

Research Aids and Supplies:

  1. Tombstone Rubs
  2. Pedigree Charts
  3. Census Packets