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

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

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

Next BIGS Meetings & Research Opportunity Day DATES:

Organizational meeting at Buffalo Irish Center Jan 2019: click image for larger view

Regular business meeting at the HDC Jan 2019: click image for larger view DNA presentation by Nancy Koester

John Blest researching at HDC

click image for larger view New computers and map at HDC click images for larger view

Kevin J. O'Brien's Old First Ward St Pat's parade picture
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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.

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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:

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 #3: Anniversary Patches & Shirts
We have purchased additional patches available for $5.00 each. We also have White polo shirts available.
Please confirm that sizes are still available before writing checks and current costs. Payable to: BIGS, Memo: polo shirt/patch

Item #4: 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.

The Irish Genealogical Society International has released their class offerings for 2020. The list is available in the Library.

The Polish Genealogical Society of NYS will hold its annual event on Saturday, September 12th 2020 at Saint Gabriel’s RC Church. BIGS will participate again this year.

The North Hills Genealogy Society of Pittsburg is sponsoring a two-day workshop March 13th and 14th 2020. Interested parties may contact Donna Shine DMSHINE@aol.com for further information.

* 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.