Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society - BIGS
Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society (BIGS)

This site maintained by Jim O'Dea jeodea@aol.com

Meetings split between the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Rd., Buffalo, NY 14220 and the Heritage Discovery Center, 100 Lee St., Buffalo, NY 14210

Saturday, October 7, 2017 was our 20th Anniversary meeting of when Kevin J. O'Brien, James R. Shine and Donna M Shine officially co-founded BIGS.

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Next BIGS Meetings & Research Opportunity Day DATES:

Pictures below from the HDC Jan 2018:

1-2018 Jan BIGS mtg at BIC

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2-2018 Jan BIGS meeting at BIC

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3-2018 Jan BIGS Maureen Supon researching at HDC

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4-2018 Jan BIGS John Blest researching at HDC

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5-2018 Jan BIGS Pat Pike and Jim Shine in HDC Rare Room

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New computers and map at HDC click images for larger view

Here are some reminders and items for you to mark on your calendar:

ITEM #1: 501(c)3 tax deductions
Please keep in mind that all donations to BIGS are tax deductible. Thank you to the members who have been donating!

Remember, The Buffalo IRISH TIMES is our FREE vehicle to post queries, stories, and genealogical information, or even stories of how BIGS has helped you in your research. Send in your stories to buffaloirishtimes@gmail.com as soon as you can...even before the deadlines to assure that you get printed in a specific edition.
The BUFFALO IRISH TIMES also lists dates and times of our meetings in several different places for your convenience

Item #4: Anniversary Patches & Shirts
We have purchased additional patches available for $5.00 each. We also have White polo shirts available for $15.00 (sizes are limited).
MEN'S: Med-2, Lg-1, XL-1, XXL-1
WOMEN'S: Med-2, Lg-2, XL-2, XXL-1
Please confirm that sizes are still available before writing checks. Payable to: BIGS, Memo: polo shirt/patch

Item #5: Holy Cross Films (VOLUNTEERS NEEDED)
Through your continued memberships and generous donations, we have been able to secure, copy and have digitized the remaining Holy Cross Films. We also fulfilled our promise to Holy Cross Cemetery and presented Tim Sutton, the new superintendent, with their missing copies.
We are asking for volunteers to help us continue the transcriptions of these digitized records. Please let Donna Shine know if you can come in to digitize or would like to have pages sent via email. There are forms and instructions that would also be sent for you to use and follow.

* Membership Application - To Print off a Membership Application for BIGS in Adobe PDF format click here and mail it to BIGS, c/o 100 Lee St, Buffalo, NY 14210. Make checks payable to "BIGS". Note new annual ARIL 1st renewal date. If you can't print it just write the requested info on a sheet of paper and mail it in. PLEASE, send in payment as soon as possible. April 1st is when ALL membership cards expire for unpaid members. Your BUFFALO IRISH TIMES subscription will be canceled and your name will be deleted from our lists. Those who have paid, THANK YOU. For those who, for their own personal reasons, do not renew, THANK YOU for your past support.
NOTE: It is not necessary to be a member of BIGS in order to attend a meeting here in Buffalo, NY. If you are looking for help, please be sure to bring all the family information you have. Newcomers are most welcome!

BIGS was established in 1997 to concentrate all of our members' resources & publications and to maintain a list of these items, thereby establishing a wealth of information that will be available to all of us and obtainable via friendly inter-member networking.

We have attained an all-time current member high of 136 renewed or new members for the April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018 membership year! Your are cordially invited to join us and take full advantage of all our resources. As a highly respected non-profit organization, all membership fees, and donations, are tax deductible.

  • Obtain guidance no matter where you live.
  • Receive bi-monthly issues of: "The Buffalo Irish Times."
  • Submit queries that will also appear on this website.
  • Vote for elected BIGS officials.
  • Assist with special events and projects.

    Gathering of the Clans -
    The Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society (BIGS) host a annual "Gathering of the Clans" usually in April at the HDC (Heritage Discovery Center), 100 Lee St (between South Park and Elk streets - 5 minutes from the Buffalo Irish Center) in Buffalo, NY, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. (A thirty minute business meeting will precede the event.) We will be hosting a GENEALOGICAL SEISIUN.


    BIGS Annual Dues Information: click here.

    BIGS Meeting Minutes: click here.

    Video interview with Donna Shine by WGRZ 2news regarding BIGS and St Patrick's Day - click here.

    The Buffalo Irish Center - the cultural home for the Irish American Community, by joining the GAELIC AMERICAN ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (G.A.A.A.) you become a member of the Buffalo Irish Center. Initial membership fee is $150.00 with an annual renewal fee of only $25.00. Membership may be listed as individual or husband and wife with one voting right. Your membership includes a subscription to the BUFFALO IRISH TIMES, GAAA Newsletters, reduced rental of halls, voting rights and more. Dues must be paid yearly by March 31st to maintain active membership status. For further Information Email:mary@buffaloirishcenter.com

    Other Genealogical and Buffalo Irish Links:

  • Buffalo Irish Center click here.
  • Buffalo Irish times Newspaper for year 2002 click here. More may be added in the future.
  • Shannon Pub- Buffalo,NYclick here.
  • Everything Irish in Buffalo click here.
  • Buffalo Research click here.
  • The Buffalo Barracks-Descriptive & Historical Enlistment Registers" of 1,690 Regular U.S. Army Soldiers who served at Buffalo 1837-1846:click here.
  • History of Buffalo with resources, dates, etc. click here.
  • Buffalo Irish in the Civil click here
  • RootsWeb -Free Genealogical Siteclick here.
  • Family History Centers- Free Genealogical Siteclick here.
  • Cyndis Listclick here.
  • Yahoo Group for anyone searching for ancestors in East County Cork, Ireland click here.
  • The New York Family History School
  • Sullivan County Pennsylvania Genealogy Page free
  • 'Against the Grain, The History of Buffalo's First Ward' History of Buffalo's First Ward', was written by author Timothy Bohen with input from several BIGS members. Copies are available at the Dog Ears Bookstore on Abbott Road, or through the website

    Western NY Genealogical Links:

    Western New York Genealogical Society

  • Western New York Genealogical Society
    Niagara County Genealolgical Society
  • Niagara County Genealolgical Society

    Irish Genealogical Links:

  • Ireland - The Ireland Reaching Out (IrelandXO) click here.
  • Ireland - National Repositories click here.
  • Ireland - Regional Repositories click here.
  • Ireland - County Genealogy Centres click here.
  • Ireland - County Clare Resources click here.
  • Ireland - Other useful sites click here.
  • Ireland - Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland click here.
  • Ireland - Libraries in Irelandclick here. They have many on-line genealogical resources available.
  • Ireland - Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy free e-Magazineclick here.
  • O'Dea Clan web site with links of interest to Irish Genealogy sites Click here.
  • ORDINANCE SURVEY MAPS of Ireland Click here. This is a series of interactive maps beginning with the opening map of the island of Ireland and continuing with a series of more intricate maps that will allow you to see townlands and individual properties! You can select historical black and white maps, historical colored maps, aerial views etc.
  • GRIFFITH'S VALUATION MAPS -Ireland click here. This site gives details of Griffith's Valuation with links to the original maps showing the property occupied by each individual.
  • National Archives of Ireland - household returns and ancillary records for the censuses of Ireland of 1901 and 1911click here.
  • Irish Genealogy Centre click here.
  • OnLine Irish Name Directory click here.
  • Irish Family History Foundation - the coordinating body for a network of county based genealogical research centres on the island of Ireland click here.
  • Archives of Irish America is a repository of primary research materials at New York University click here.
  • Irish in London: Sources for London Lives - Searchable edition of 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, with 3.35 million names. click here.
  • View obituaries from newspapers: click here.
  • New York State Cemetery lists: click here.
  • Irish Network USA: a national network of Irish, Irish-AmericA very good and current video thru American Ancestors (NEGHS) and now seen thru YouTube. An hour long, but somewhat intense, video for those not familiar with DNA and the verbiage used and/or the multitude of companies testing DNA. With this, you can click back to hear an explanation over and over. One other thing which most of you know is that after the video is complete, YouTube usually provides other similar videos you can view on this topic or related to genealogy... Enjoy. ans, and friends of Ireland with a shared goal of furthering ties between the United States and Ireland. click here.
  • DNA Testing for Family History Research - A very good and current video thru American Ancestors (NEGHS) and now seen thru YouTube. An hour long, but somewhat intense, video for those not familiar with DNA and the verbiage used and/or the multitude of companies testing DNA. With this, you can click back to hear an explanation over and over. One other thing which most of you know is that after the video is complete, YouTube usually provides other similar videos you can view on this topic or related to genealogy. click here for DNA Testing video

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