The Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society - BIGS

The Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society - BIGS The Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society is a community genealogy group for researchers working on their Buffalo, New York Irish heritage.
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Genealogy Quick Start TV
07/15/2020

Genealogy Quick Start TV

Join us: Diahan Southard, Jim Beidler, Michael John Neill

07/11/2020

Our regularly BIGS meeting on Tuesday, July 21st will be held as scheduled in the HDC downstairs conference room 100 Lee St, Buffalo. The air conditioning will be on.

Facial MASKS are MANDATORY! (You will not be let in without one, or you can purchase one at the door).

SOCIAL DISTANCING will be REQUIRED both in congregating and sitting at the tables.

If you have specific questions, or new business you want discussed, please contact Ed Patton, President ([email protected]) so it may be put on the agenda

Looking for this family...
07/07/2020

Looking for this family...

Please Help! This Certificate of Marriage was found in a donated book and we would like to return it. Marriage of William Woolson and Minnie Lewis on August 30, 1916 at St. Patrick's in Buffalo.

Virtual (online) Getting Started with Irish Genealogy Records
07/01/2020
Virtual (online) Getting Started with Irish Genealogy Records

Virtual (online) Getting Started with Irish Genealogy Records

Are you looking to cross the Atlantic with your Irish genealogy research? Join us to learn about the genealogical records of Ireland, key Irish genealogy concepts and what is accessible online.​ This cl...

Your DNA Guide
06/14/2020

Your DNA Guide

Join me for my next FREE webinar and get an up-to-the-date, easy-to-understand explanation of how best to interpret your DNA ethnicity results, wherever you have tested! Register today!
https://www.yourdnaguide.com/webinar

Information on cost and how to obtain copies of the actual card is as follows:1.) $20/employee card/page copy ($25 for a...
06/14/2020

Information on cost and how to obtain copies of the actual card is as follows:
1.) $20/employee card/page copy ($25 for a color copy)
An additional $2/backside of card/page and/or each additional related card. Some employees have 4-10 cards
each. ($3 for color copies)
*EMAILED copies available. (Same prepaid charges apply.)
*On site Downloads would be performed by BIGS volunteers on YOUR device. (Same charges apply)
2.) Payment by check or money order (In person, cash would be accepted and a receipt given at that time.) ALL
payments to be PREPAID before copies are made.
Payable to: BIGS Memo: RR copies
Send to: BIGS Record Request, Heritage Discovery Center, 100 Lee St, Buffalo, NY 14210
RESEARCH INQUIRIES: [email protected] (no phone requests!)
Conditions:
· PUBLICATION: Patrons wishing to use scanned photographic images from the collection must seek permission first. A user fee is charged per image for one-time use and is established on a case by case basis.
· COPYRIGHT: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, US Code) governs the reproduction of copyrighted material. Requestors assume all responsibility for any considerations pertaining to copyright infringement
that may arise in the use of the reproduction(s).
· PRINTS: Unless specified otherwise, all photos will be actual size.
· SHIPPING: Shipping rates may be higher for out of country orders.
· QUESTIONS: Email [email protected]

Eye-witnesses to our ancestors: Travellers' writings - Ancestor Network
06/08/2020
Eye-witnesses to our ancestors: Travellers' writings - Ancestor Network

Eye-witnesses to our ancestors: Travellers' writings - Ancestor Network

This blog concerns the accounts of travellers as a background source in understanding how our ancestors lived. While biographical data may establish that an ancestor lived in a certain place at a certain time, it is usually hard to imagine what life might have been like in that place at that time. I...

Register for Jane E. Wilcox's lecture on immigration through New York. Jane is an excellent speaker and instructor.
06/04/2020
The New York Gateway: Immigration, Emigration and Migration

Register for Jane E. Wilcox's lecture on immigration through New York. Jane is an excellent speaker and instructor.

New York has been the heart of U.S. immigration since the 1600s. Discover the origins of key immigrant and emigrant groups and settlers and where they went through 1940. Learn the New York migration routes and transportation modes that your New York ancestors may have taken. Putting your ancestors i...

05/17/2020
MyHeritage DNA Match List

Lots of Ireland DNA matches test with MyHeritage, btw. I was able to drill the ethnicities down to county Kerry matches.

Take a close look at where to click and what to investigate on the DNA match page at MyHeritage DNA.

The Skibbereen Heritage Centre has made it's West Cork Graveyard Database free to search: https://skibbheritage.com/grav...
05/16/2020
West Cork Graveyards - Skibbereen Heritage Centre

The Skibbereen Heritage Centre has made it's West Cork Graveyard Database free to search: https://skibbheritage.com/graveyards/

West Cork has numerous old burial grounds, many dating from the middle ages. With the support of the Heritage Council, a graveyard survey was carried out on some of these old graveyards. The graveyards included in this survey are: Caheragh, Drimoleague, Drinagh, Creagh, Kilcoe, Aughadown as well as....

05/12/2020
Jennifer

This Western New York Genealogical Society, Inc. webinar, "Planting a Family Tree Online on MyHeritage", scheduled for 5/16 at 10 a.m. is now free and open to the public. Click the webinar link below to register.

This Western New York Genealogical Society, Inc. webinar, "Planting a Family Tree Online on MyHeritage", scheduled for 5/16 at 10 a.m. is now free and open to the public. Click the webinar link below to register.

Niagara County Genealogical Society
05/10/2020

Niagara County Genealogical Society

Happy Mother's Day! 🌳🤓💚

Irish Donate To Covid-19 Stricken Navajo Nation As Payback For Kindness During Potato Famine   https://www.knau.org/post...
05/05/2020
Irish Donate To Covid-19 Stricken Navajo Nation As Payback For Kindness During Potato Famine

Irish Donate To Covid-19 Stricken Navajo Nation As Payback For Kindness During Potato Famine https://www.knau.org/post/irish-donate-covid-19-stricken-navajo-nation-payback-kindness-during-potato-famine?fbclid=IwAR1Us3yddBIjVXHp0HNoHPvnGtQzLia0dOsxICaAyYOMKiHBTcteg8t8Sco

The country of Ireland is reportedly stepping up with COVID-19 relief donations to the Navajo Nation, repaying a debt acquired in the 19th century during

CC Moore has a series The Genetic Detective starting on May 19 on ABC from 10 to 11 ET. https://people.com/crime/cece-mo...
05/04/2020
Crime-Solving Genetic Genealogist CeCe Moore Stars in New ABC Series, 'The Genetic Detective'

CC Moore has a series The Genetic Detective starting on May 19 on ABC from 10 to 11 ET. https://people.com/crime/cece-moore-genetic-detective-abc-series/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-share-article&utm_content=20200504&fbclid=IwAR2-hLSRIjHrQU92erVQEkRrisgs8EBwtHiQSOjM-T2oMdlCLfOTyRhbAxY

Starting May 19, ABC's new primetime series "The Genetic Detective" shows how CeCe Moore tracks down criminals using state-of-the-art DNA technology

04/28/2020
Irish Genealogy

Irish Genealogy

Youghal, Cork. Marriage Index 1830
Roman Catholic Parish

DNA - YouTube
04/25/2020
DNA - YouTube

DNA - YouTube

Learn about how DNA testing can result in helping you with your genealogy and find new clues, as you research your family history. This DNA playlist is desig...

Local History from Home – Newspapers
04/12/2020
Local History from Home – Newspapers

Local History from Home – Newspapers

Looking for a new project to keep you busy during isolation? Maybe you’ve always wanted to research the history of your house, learn more about a local family business or a historic event in…

LibraryIreland.com
04/08/2020

LibraryIreland.com

Varieties and Synonymes of Surnames and Christian Names in Ireland, by Robert E. Matheson, is now available on LibraryIreland.com:

https://www.libraryireland.com/matheson//varieties/contents.php

The book is a very useful genealogical aid for those searching for their Irish ancestors, containing 1000s of names with their spelling variations and alternatives.

Blaine Bettinger updated the shared cM project https://thegeneticgenealogist.com/2020/03/27/version-4-0-march-2020-updat...
03/27/2020
Version 4.0! March 2020 Update to the Shared cM Project! - The Genetic Genealogist

Blaine Bettinger updated the shared cM project https://thegeneticgenealogist.com/2020/03/27/version-4-0-march-2020-update-to-the-shared-cm-project/?fbclid=IwAR2fHgTzdOMySbN7IAObwbsJdZVsiaKZ5u9b2rPSN8qoB5s0H1mu_RWtV9w

The Shared cM Project (ScP) is a collaborative data collection and analysis project created to understand the ranges of shared cM associated with various known relationships. The ScP has been very successful, with more than 60,000 submissions from amazing genealogists… Continue reading →

03/18/2020

Research queries can be made through our website: bigsNY.webs.com

03/18/2020

The BIGS has suspended research at the HDC Research Library, 100 Lee St, Buffalo, NY until further notice.

Address

100 Lee St.,
Buffalo, NY
14210

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:30 - 03:00
Saturday 11:00 - 03:00

Telephone

(716) 662-1164

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This will be amazing. They are building a 3D model of the 4 courts, and the records, or their substitutes ( 2 years of Irish Research at GRIP has shown me how many are available) will be "placed" on the shelves.
Anyone have access to marriage records for St Josephs cathedral for Dec 1868? Dont find the one I need on Ancestry or family search.
This Western New York Genealogical Society, Inc. webinar, "Planting a Family Tree Online on MyHeritage", scheduled for 5/16 at 10 a.m. is now free and open to the public. Click the webinar link below to register.
Both Buffalo, NY St. Patrick's parades have been cancelled this year.
I’m curious if anyone has read any tales like this? Speaking of Genealogy I find it fascinating the stories that are regional in Ireland depending on where the family came from. My family is from Glengad/ Dooncarton in co. Mayo (-and other surrounding areas but the most recent is from that area), and there is a little hendge there, circle of little stones, there is also an area I was asking my great uncle about called Rosies Bed in Gaelic/ Irish. Without knowing the context you’d just think oh that’s a formation of stones but the people of the land had a story for each and every thing; why language and place names are so important. All of these stories are important because they shaped the beliefs of our ancestors. They lived their lives according to certain practices and beliefs much like a lot of other countries. Even thinking about how to help a sick person the story’s and beliefs could be handed down from generation to generation from the old ones.
Today/Thursday 11/14 The Buffalo Family History Center (1424 Maple Rd, Williamsville) is CLOSED TODAY. No heat in building. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Records of the Defense Force Ireland aka Irish Republican Army (IRA) have been digitized and are online at http://www.militaryarchives.ie/en/collections/. This includes pension files, roster lists, battles, maps, 1922 Army Census and many more features.
November is almost here, and the Western New York Genealogical Society, Inc. is excited about its final Society program of the season. On Sat., Nov 16th at The Buffalo History Museum, WNYGS will be hosting annual elections and guest presenter Denise (Muczenski) Oliansky as she discusses "How I Found My Birth Family through Records, DNA, and a Bit of Luck". Bring tissues and join us as we learn about her 30+ year search for her birth family and the research strategies and techniques that helped her find elusive family members. Hope to see you and a friend there.
The 2019 "Finding Your Roots" Class Schedule has been posted at http://buffalofamilyhistory.org/ Come join us for a great day of learning Sat October 19m 2019 for the Annual Buffalo Family History Fair 9am-4pm. Hosted by the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1424 Maple Rd in Williamsville, NY 14221.
Interested in learning more about what the New York State Archives has to offer? Then you won't want to miss the Western New York Genealogical Society, Inc.'s special program as long-time archivist Monica Gray travels to Buffalo on Sat., 9/21 to present "Researching at the New York State Archives" and answer audience questions. Come and learn about NYSA's key holdings of genealogical interest - including an overview of the types of records available, their content, and their potential uses. This program will be particularly helpful to individuals who are beginning the transition from online research to archival records. Attendees will receive valuable advice on how to best prepare for a visit and what to expect when researching in-person in Albany. This program is free to WNYGS members and the general public. Please help us spread the word by clicking "Share" icon below, and we hope to see you and a friend there.
The Buffalo Family History Center (1424 Maple Rd, Williamsville, NY) will be closed Labor Day Weekend (Fri 8/30 through Mon 9/2. Have a wonderful rest of your summer! :)
Erie County Poor House Ledgers have been digitized and are online through the Buffalo & Erie County Library's website http://digital.buffalolib.org/collections/show/5 with a link to a finding aid. There are 6 intake registers and 3 registers of deaths.