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New York genealogy societies focus on Irish heritage

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, don’t forget that New York State has three active Irish genealogy societies.

The Buffalo Irish Genealogy Society is now celebrating its 25th anniversary. Organization goals include: to create an Irish family database center in Buffalo, in conjunction with the Buffalo Irish Center and to encourage people to submit their own family genealogies and histories to be made available to others doing Irish research.  The submission of family genealogies is not limited to Irish families of Western New York.

The society has a research library that is open three days a months except for July, August and September. There are meetings scheduled for April, July and October in 2023.

Membership is $25/year for an individual. Members have access to past presentations and online resources. For more information, go to: https://bigswny.org/

The Troy Irish Genealogy Society was founded in 2003. The organization’s main focus is transcribing records for Troy and the surrounding area.  There are cemetery records from three local counties, marriage, birth, military, church memorials, and other types of records. The genealogical records free to everyone and are done by TIGS volunteer transcribers. The group also has monthly meetings.

Membership is $15/year. The dues pay for computer equipment and web hosting costs. For more information, go to: https://troyirish.org/

Irish Family History Forum is based on Long Island and is a member of the Genealogy Federation of Long Island.  It has a lending library for members only, monthly hybrid meetings and a monthly newsletter for members only. Members also have access to handouts from past presentations, a guide to Irish family history research, a discussion forum and archives of the newsletter.

Membership is $25/year for an individual. For more information, go to: https://ifhf.org/

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