Irish Fest

41th Milwaukee Irish Fest is August 19-22, 2021

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


All programs through December are cancelled. We will update you when programs begin again.

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

United States Resources

US Libraries and Archives

Library of Congress - A vast resource.

US National Archives - The nation's treasure box.

Allen County Library - One of the premier genealogical collections in the nation. Has extensive holdings periodical publications.

US Searchable Databases

Social Security Death Index - An invaluable resource for locating deceased ancestors.

Search Ellis Island - Ellis Island web site where you can search for passenger list holdings.

Castle Garden - This site has indexes of selected passenger lists for the years 1820 to 1913.

Bureau of Land Management - This site has records of the original transfer of government land to private ownership. If your ancestors homesteaded or were given a land grant this is the site for you.

FamilySearch Record Search - Search for birth and death records 1845-1958

Neighboring States

Minnesota Genealogy - Birth and Death Indexes and much more.

Records in the Illinois State Archives - Marriage, death indexes and more.

Michigan Death Records, 1897-1920 - This Library of Michigan collection of Michigan death certificates features nearly 1 million records.

Mega Link Sites

Cyndi's List - A vast collection of links dealing primarily with genealogical resources.

The USGenWeb Project - This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone.

World GenWeb - A great resource having country by country resources.

Family Search - A service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Roots Web - The granddaddy of the Mega Link Sites. - A paid site, but available at libraries.

US Progenealogists Sleuth - The commercial site offered by professional genealogist Kyle J. Betit.