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

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

We have a new website - bigswny.org - please click here.


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* BIGS solves the Mystery - World War I Victory Medal Reunited With Serviceman's Family - Authur Colbrook Had Entered the Canadian Army Under an Assumed Name and Was Killed in France.
See entire article here.

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.

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

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

* Membership Application - Print off annual BIGS Membership Application (with dues info) or Life Membership 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 a current membership of 158 as of Jan 2020. 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.

    Resources: