Genealogy Workshop

A Castle in Phoenix: How to Trace Your Irish Ancestors without Going to Ireland


Irish genealogy research has unique challenges due to destroyed and missing records, multiple jurisdictions and family naming patterns. The McClelland Irish Library in Phoenix has many resources that are available to help you trace your Irish ancestors. Learn why most Irish research starts in the U.S. and how Irish migration patterns can provide clues to your ancestor’s origins. Also, learn what Irish records do still exist and where to find them, including many online sources. An example of tracing a family using available Irish resources will be included.

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Presenter: Cindy Patricki
Genealogist and Department Coordinator

Cindy is currently the Genealogist and Department Coordinator at the McClelland Library in Phoenix’s Irish Cultural Center. She has been doing family history research for over 23 years and had her own genealogy research business prior to working at the library.  Cindy completed an 18-month Professional Genealogy program, and in 2014, she attended the Irish Genealogical Research course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from ASU and previously worked as a computer analyst. She is currently a member the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, the Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists, and the Family History Society of Arizona, where she served as a former Program Chairperson for the Paradise Valley Chapter. She has given lectures to various genealogy organizations around Arizona and enjoys sharing her love of genealogy with others by helping people trace their Irish ancestors and learn about their Celtic heritage.

Frequently Asked Questions

What materials do I need for this class?

You do not need any specific materials. Make sure to bring whatever device (paper or electronic) you prefer to take notes on. Wireless Internet access is available during the class.

Where is the class held?

The Norton Room is located in the basement of the McClelland Library

How much does the course cost?

Each workshop costs $15 for Library/ICC members and $20 for the general public

How do I register?

Please click on the “Register Now” button at the top of this page.

What if I have additional questions?

If you have additional questions, please call the Genealogy Centre at 602.864.2353 or email us at

Thank you for your interest in our genealogy workshop offerings.