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Buffalo Irish genealogical event to take place April 30

The Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society (BIGS) will be celebrating the annual Gathering of the Clans this year in a virtual format on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

There will be presentations by local historians Ed Patton and Tim O’Connor, along with local Irish genealogy experts Diane Blaser, Nancy Koester and Donna Shine answering member questions.

Keynote presentation will be given by Dr. William Jenkins, Associate Professor of History at York University.

This year BIGS members are also invited to create presentations in PowerPoint or similar platforms that can then be uploaded to the BIGS YouTube channel for the day’s event.  ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY April 16, 2022.

10:00 – 11:00 am:  General Membership Meeting – All welcome

11:05 – 12:00 pm: Rare Photos Documenting the First Ward presented by Edward J. Patton, PhD,

12:05 – 1:00 pm: The Thomas B. O’Connor Project, the ancestral story of James O’Connor and Ann Kelley O’Connor who emigrated from Rathnafishogue, Co. Carlow, Ireland to Newport, New York in 1880.  Presented by Tim O’Connor.

1:05 – 2:00 pm: Lunch Q&A with the Experts – Bring your lunch and Irish genealogy-related research questions to the experts.

2:05 – 3:00 pm: Keynote Presentation: “Place, Politics, and Jobs: Mapping Intergenerational Transitions in Irish Buffalo” presented by William Jenkins, PhD, Interim Director, City Institute and Associate Professor, Department of History York University, Toronto.

Registration is required even for members. For more information, go to:

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