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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Headstone with Irish inscription placed in UK graveyard
03/19/2021
Headstone with Irish inscription placed in UK graveyard

Headstone with Irish inscription placed in UK graveyard

An Irish family in Britain who campaigned to have an Irish language phrase on their late mother's headstone were finally able to put the stone in place today.

Diggin' Up Graves
03/07/2021
Diggin' Up Graves

Diggin' Up Graves

William Cotter and Catherine (Shanahan) Cotter were already married when they emigrated from Ireland to New York in 1849. They brought some of their children with them, and some were born in the USA. According to Catherine's 1900 U.S. Federal Population Schedule record, she had birthed a total of 12 children, with only 4 surviving at that time. I have been unable to find any census record for this family in 1850 or 1860, but the 1870 one has the couple and 3 children, and the 1880 one in Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey, only shows William and Catherine in the household. [ 118 more words ]
https://digginupgraves.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/william-cotter-and-catherine-shanahan-cotter-from-ireland-to-america-1849-52-ancestors-ancestors-46-and-47/

02/02/2021

An additional year of digital images of Irish civil records is now available on IrishGenealogy.ie:
Births: 1864-1920
Marriages: 1845-1945
Deaths: *1871-1970

01/18/2021
Michele

This is the organization that was co-founded by Kevin J O’Brien, my husband, James (Jim Shine) and me, Donna M Shine back in October of 1997. I am so proud of what it has become and of the great accomplishments we have obtained through our 20+ years together. This has been an amazing journey and many of you have traveled with us. I look forward to continuing along this path to help others who struggle to find their roots. If you have questions, please post here and you may find an avenue where your answer lies. THANK YOU!!

The Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society has a new Facebook group page https://www.facebook.com/groups/buffaloirish so please be sure to visit and sign up!

Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society ANNUAL MEETING is at 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 16th, 2021.BIGS meeting is by ZOOM...
01/14/2021

Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society ANNUAL MEETING is at 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 16th, 2021.
BIGS meeting is by ZOOM and by membership only. Contact Donna Shine to attend the meeting. [email protected]

01/14/2021

Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society Annual Meeting is at 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 16th, 2021.

BIGS meeting is by ZOOM and by membership only. Contact Donna Shine to attend the meeting.
[email protected]

01/10/2021
fultonhistory.com

fultonhistory.com

Hello All.
Website is again being attacked by web scrappers causing site to become unresponsive. took it off line around 3 hours ago. I will set the server to only allow 125 users at a time and also will look at system logs and see if I can find a away to flag the IP addresses causing the issues. TomT

How comprehensive are early Irish Civil records? - Ancestor Network
12/01/2020
How comprehensive are early Irish Civil records? - Ancestor Network

How comprehensive are early Irish Civil records? - Ancestor Network

Registration of births, deaths and marriages in Ireland started in 1864 except for non-Catholic marriages which start in 1845. There are over 15.5 million records available on-line and they are a major resource for family history research. A separate blog provides the details of the records that are...

The book is done and out. It should be fascinating history for anyone with Kerry Roots.
11/11/2020
Fall of a Kerry Dynasty - www.mykerryancestors.com

The book is done and out. It should be fascinating history for anyone with Kerry Roots.

My Kerry Ancestors provide Kerry genealogy, and Kerry ancestry services. University of Limerick Certified, Kerry based. We provide free and premium services.

10/13/2020
Ulster Historical Foundation

http://www.scotch-irishsocietyusa.org/events-links/?fbclid=IwAR0xSdslzBwcNnr6FpYQviEf86m5EHwE1qG2WV_-_Tj-_IwJPlehdQ2vRlI

Sat. Oct 17th @10am (EST) join Dr William Roulston (author of our recent Researching Presbyterian Ancestors in Ireland) for a webinar on 'Locating the "Scotch-Irish": Exiles and Migrants" as part of a programme hosted by The Scotch-Irish Society of the United States of America.

For more information visit: http://www.scotch-irishsocietyusa.org/events-links/

10/07/2020
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society - NYG&B

The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society - NYG&B

Learn more and take action: www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/access-alert

New York City is proposing licensing fees when using public records form the Municipal Archives for educational, scholarly, non-profit, and media use!

Join our campaign to defeat this proposal, which would severely limit our rights to use and share public records like birth, marriage, and death certificates.

10/07/2020
Anatomy of A County Gaol - Images

This book will be purchased for our collection at the Heritage DiscoveRY Center Research Library, 100 Lee St, Buffalo, NY as requested by a BIGS member for her research.

County Mayo: A History of Imprisonment, Capital Punishment & Transportation - Published September 2020 by Dr. Michael M. O’Connor

10/03/2020
The Days of the MV Naomh Éanna, Ireland

The Days of the MV Naomh Éanna, Ireland

The Irish In England Part 2 (1983)

The ‘Irish in England’ is a 2-part series first shown on Channel 4 in 1983. The programmes tell the story of the generation of Irish men and women who came to England in the 1950’s and 60’s. Using in-depth interviews, they explore the economic, social and cultural factors affecting their and their children’s lives as they settled here.

Programme 2 explores the issue of Irish identity, particularly for those born here. Participants, including Anne Collins and Steve Brennan, talk about growing up in England as they sought to negotiate a path between their Irish roots and English views of them. An issue reflected in discussion with participants at the Irish Festival in Roundwood Park. Their stories are told against the background of the history of anti-Irish racism, and the impact of The Troubles and the Prevention of Terrorism Act, which contributed to the low profile of the community. A profile that began to be challenged in the early 1980’s.

Brings back some lovely memories of the Irish festival in Roundwood Park. I think I've still got my maroon and white Galway cap and rosette. If only we could rewind the clock to them days again.

An Irish Video Project Production.
LCVA Website URL:http://www.the-lcva.co.uk/videos/

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Please don't forget to click the link below to visit and like our page "The days of the MV Naomh Éanna, Ireland", the page that time forgot... All are welcome to visit and to like and share our posts.
https://www.facebook.com/MVNaomhEanna

10/03/2020
The Days of the MV Naomh Éanna, Ireland

The Days of the MV Naomh Éanna, Ireland

Irish in England Part 1 (1983)

The ‘Irish in England’ is a 2-part series first shown on Channel 4 in 1983. The programmes tell the story of the generation of Irish men and women who came to England in the 1950’s and 60’s. Using in-depth interviews, they explore the economic, social and cultural factors affecting their and their children’s lives as they settled here.

Programme 1 explores the ‘push and pull’ forces which saw thousands of Irish people forced to leave Ireland because of a stagnating economy, to seek work in the post war reconstruction in England. Participants, including Mary Allen, Donal MacAmhlaigh, and Doris Daly, relate their personal stories, building a picture of a community that was valued for its skill and labour, but was not always made to feel welcome. They talk about the importance of music and the church in maintaining links with their culture, and ponder the question of where is ‘home’.

An Irish Video project Production.LCVA

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Please don't forget to click the link below to visit and like our page "The days of the MV Naomh Éanna, Ireland", the page that time forgot... All are welcome to visit and to like and share our posts.
https://www.facebook.com/MVNaomhEanna

10/01/2020
fultonhistory.com

fultonhistory.com

Hello All,
Fulton History Servers are back online as of 09-30-20 08:42 PM.....Tom

FULTON HISTORY is temporarily down! https://fultonsearch.org/
09/28/2020

FULTON HISTORY is temporarily down!

https://fultonsearch.org/

Hello All
Servers are off line as of(09-25-20) due to parts failure. Replacements are on order but do not have a ship date. My other backup server is also down do to parts issue .....I think they call this a perfect storm....When it rains it pours.
Tom

Pass the word around so other users will be aware of this.

09/27/2020

BIGS has it's regular meeting this Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 10:30 at the Heritage Discovery Center, 100 Lee St. Please wear a mask. Social distancing will be required.

Sponsored by National Archives of Ireland
09/17/2020

Sponsored by National Archives of Ireland

Back to our past is an on-line event targeting worldwide Irish ex-pats and the Irish diaspora to be transmitted from the 18th to 20th of September . This three day event will feature a series of videos, and other information, from genealogy experts offering advice on tracking down family ancestors from different parts of Ireland who settled all over the globe.
The project will specifically focus on Ireland, the UK, The US, Canada and Australia but also include other parts of the world. Participant will also be briefed on how DNA get help in family searches. The event is being supported by The National Archives of Ireland who will be providing two presentations, one on tracing convict ancestors. Ancestry - the world’s leading genealogy website, are sponsoring the event.

Our sympathies to Donna & Jim Shine, co-founders of BIGS, on the passing of her father, Stanley Witzcak, WWII veteran. D...
08/26/2020
Stanley WITZCAK Obituary - NY | Legacy Remembers

Our sympathies to Donna & Jim Shine, co-founders of BIGS, on the passing of her father, Stanley Witzcak, WWII veteran. Donna is Vice President & Membership Chair of BIGS. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/buffalonews/name/a-obituary?pid=196699837

WITZCAK - Stanley T. Of West Seneca, NY, August 22, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Lillian A. (nee Ayers); dearest father of Linda (Les) Gorog, Daniel (Susan) Witzcak, Donna (James) Shine, Edward W

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The Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society has a new Facebook group page https://www.facebook.com/groups/buffaloirish so please be sure to visit and sign up!
Does anyone remember John Murray's Delivery Service - here is a photo of their baseball team that won the Buffalo Muni league championship c.1946-47 - looking to identify the unidentified players : back row, ?, 2nd from left-Frank O'Brien, ?, manager-Jack Costello, ?,? ; middle row l to r: catcher-George Sherger (brother played for Cincinnati Reds), Buddy Mack (had a band that played at the Delwood Lounge), Jim McGrath (Bill's brother; later became a priest), Pitcher-Patrick Ryan, ?, Bill McGrath; bottom row, shortstop- _ Scarpino, ball boy -Tom Ryan (Pat's little brother and member of Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame)
John Grenham's latest video
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40194093.html. Went to Knowth. This is amazing to watch.
Thought this might be of interest.
At 4 p.m. today hear the story of Bram's Stoker's inspiration for Dracula, from Maghera, County Derry, my ancestor's hometown! - https://fb.watch/1qMcWlQbWm/
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.