Welcome to the Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan. The Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan is a non-denominational organization focusing on genealogical research in all thirty-two counties of the Emerald Isle. The society is open to everyone! 


Next Meeting
Saturday, January 17, 2015
1:30 pm
My Irish Ancestor Came from "Ballywhatchamacallit" - Now What?
Gaelic League of Detroit
2068 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48216
If you are of Irish heritage, you will likely have a burning desire to identify, locate and ultimately visit your ancestral home in Ireland. You find evidence of a location in Ireland. It may be in a church or civil record, on a tombstone, written in a family bible or old letter, passed down as oral tradition, or even written in some more obscure source. Finally, you have found the answer! But now what?  
As expected, this new information initially brings about great excitement; but then, as this place name sinks in, questions arise. You want to know “What do I do now?” You begin to wonder: (1) What type of place is this? (2) Where is it located?  (3) Can I find it on a map of Ireland? This place is most likely unfamiliar to the researcher, and it may not even be spelled correctly.
To answer these questions, you first need to gain an understanding of Ireland’s various types of land divisions, both civil and ecclesiastical, and how they relate to each other. The next step is to use the appropriate research tools to identify the exact type of place this newly-found location represents. Because these specialized tools are integral to the research process, this lecture will build a “toolkit” for the researcher – by identifying books, maps and online resources that can aid you in identifying and locating those Ireland place names.

Richard M. Doherty is a professional genealogist, author and lecturer with 40+ years of experience and 33 research trips to Ireland. He has lectured on Irish genealogy since 1982 in the U.S., Canada and Ireland, including two Irish Genealogical Congresses held at Trinity College in Dublin, and at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. He is a past-president of the Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan, Detroit Society for Genealogical Research and the Oakland County Genealogical Society. Dick sits on the board of the Friends of the Burton Historical Collection, and is the director of Celtic Quest, LLC. He is a delegate to the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Michigan Genealogical Council, and is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild.

Coming Events
Saturday, Jan. 17th
My Irish Ancestor Came From "Ballywhatchamacallit" - Now What?
at 1:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 21st
ClanDonnell: A Storied History of Ireland
at 1:30 pm
Saturday, Mar. 21st
Grandma’s Story
at 1:30 pm