Irish Special Interest Group
|The Irish Special Interest Group (I-SIG) meets four times a year, in-person at the StLGS office in Maplewood and also livestreamed via Zoom. However, the first meeting of the year will be livestreamed only. See below for specific instructions and directions to the library.
Click here for more information on Irish in St. Louis.
The city of St. Louis also provides some interesting information about Irish immigration to St. Louis. Click here to link to that page.
For details or questions about StLGS Irish-SIG, contact Kay Weber, I-SIG leader, at
Irish SIG meetings are both via Zoom and hybrid. In-person meetings are held at the St. Louis Genealogical Society office (4 Sunnen Drive, Suite 140, St. Louis, MO 63143), or you can attend remotely via Zoom.
Information on this year’s meetings and recorded I-SIG webinars are below.
Click here for the 2024 I-SIG meeting flyer.
All Irish SIG meetings are free and open to the public; however it is necessary to register, if you want to join the Zoom webinar. You do NOT need to register for the in-person meeting or to view the digital recording that will be posted on this page. All meetings for 2024 will begin at 1:00 p.m. (Central)
Meetings for 2024
Saturday, 20 January 2024
It’s Time to Ask Those Questions!
Join us with your questions and comments regarding our favorite but sometimes frustrating pastime, Irish research. Hopefully, we can help with some of those rock walls!
Featured Speakers: Mike Bridwell, Carol Hemmersmeier, and Kay Weber
This meeting will be via Zoom only.
Instructions for Attending via Zoom
All StLGS meetings are free and open to the public. You do not need to register if you are attending in person, but please follow the directions below for attending via Zoom.
- You will need a link and a passcode to join the meeting, so it is necessary to preregister.
- Click on the Registration Button below and follow the simple instructions that appear on your screen.
- Once you have filled in the registration form, an invitation with a link and a passcode to attend the meeting will be sent to the email you provided.
Saturday, 27 April 2024
Ireland Reaching Out (irelandxo.com)
Ireland Reaching Out is an all-volunteer organization on a mission to unite all of Ireland’s diaspora. Having an Ireland XO account is completely free. By following your parish/county of origin, you may be surprised at who you may meet! Learn about the benefits of joining this “meet and greet” program.
Featured Speaker: Jane Halloran Ryan, CG
Saturday, 27 July 2024
The Most Popular Occupations in Ireland Between 1800 and 1900
“Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief” This schoolyard rhyme reflects the limited choices of occupations available to the average Irish person during the 1800s. We’ll look at some of the popular and more noteworthy occupations of that time.
Featured Speaker: Gabrielle Ni Mheachair
Saturday, 24 October 2024
The Genealogy Records of Ireland
As avid genealogists, we search for every record we can possibly find. However, looking for something that doesn’t exist is a waste of time. We will look at what Irish records were generated and when along with where to find them. Irish genealogy can be difficult, but by adding a few tools to your toolbox, success can be yours!
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Recorded SIG Meetings Available Online
Saturday, 28 October 2023
Walking in the Footsteps of Irish St. Louis
Stories of Kerry Patch and Dogtown are well known aspects of the history of the Irish in St. Louis. However, there are many more areas of the city that have Irish roots and many prominent early Irish-American St. Louisans who set the course of the city with their philanthropy and business acumen. Learn more about St. Louis’s Irish heritage and the resources available to study their rich history.
Featured speaker: Chris Naffziger
There was no handout for this meeting.
The recorded webinar can be viewed here.
Password for the recording is mbgQ7eD=
Tuesday, 25 October 2022
Placing an Irish Ancestor into StLGS’s First Families, featuring Viki Fagyal and Kay Weber Bernard/Barney/Brian King was an Irish immigrant who came to Missouri as a child with his parents during the infamous potato famine. Careful research led to placing him in St. Louis before the Civil War and recognizing him in the First Families program. You can honor your early ancestors by enrolling them in a lineage society with knowledge of the process.
The link to the First Families page is here.
The recorded webinar can be viewed here.
Password for the recording is dD0=^+mR
Last modified: 04-Dec-2023 10:50