Celtic Roots? This is the summer conference for you!

The clock is ticking! The Celtic Connections Conference ’16, August 5-6 in Minneapolis, is less than three months away, and you have less than a couple weeks to get the discounted registration fee of $150 for both conference days. This low rate is available only until May 31, so it’s time to get serious about attending this unique Midwest event! Minneapolis, the City of Lakes, lush green summertime, air conditioned meeting rooms, maybe a trip to the Mall of America or Como Park and Zoo in Saint Paul, and the company of hundreds of fellow family historians. Ready?

In 2014 IGSI (Irish Genealogical Society International) and TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association) brought family historians the sold-out Celtic Connections Conference in Waltham, Massachusetts. This year’s Celtic Connections Conference “Celtic Roots across America,” comes to you by the same co-hosts and promises another successful offering combining genealogy, history, music, and literature.

The August 5-6 conference features internationally-known genealogists from Ireland and Scotland: Brian Donovan, Dr. Bruce Durie, John Grenham, Brian Mitchell, and William Roulston, along with nine other family history experts from around the U.S. Brian Mitchell, widely recognized for his genealogical expertise in North-West Ireland, leads off Friday’s sessions with a discussion of Irish place names. The Friday program continues with twelve hour-long sessions on topics aimed at beginning, intermediate, and advanced family history researchers, and concludes with an evening banquet featuring Irish-born entrepreneur Kieran Folliard. A bagpiper, a harpist and Celtic fiddlers will entertain at conference events. Saturday’s program continues with eleven hour-long sessions; an author luncheon featuring Erin Hart, well-known author of Irish mysteries; and a closing session on Irish records with distinguished genealogist and author, John Grenham.

Come a day early and experience a guided bus tour of scenic and historic areas of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

“Celtic Roots across America,” takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Minneapolis Park Place, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis. Specially-priced lodging for conference-goers is available at the conference hotel. Complete conference details, including the program brochure, hotel reservation information, and online registration, are available at http://celtic-connections.org/.

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