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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, September 23 1:30 PM
at The Gaelic League, 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
 
 
Please join us for the next monthly Hybrid meeting of the 2023-24 season
featuring Bill O'Reilly as our featured speaker. Reminders for
this meeting will be emailed out to members as the date approaches.  Bill was once IGSM President.
 
Bill O'Reilly will present: "Irish Genealogy 101"
A very significant portion of the American population has ancestors who trace back to Ireland.  To trace your possible Irish roots, you should first have an understanding of Irish history and what makes Irish genealogy research unique. This presentation will begin with a brief overview of the Irish in America and Irish History. We will then review the various available records and how to access them.
 
                                     
Bill O'Reilly currently serves as Executive Director of the Chelsea Senior Center; and is Immediate Past President of the Chelsea Area Historical Society.  Bill has worked with his own family history for over 35 years ago.  He has been a Professional Genealogist for the past decade, helping clients throughout the world (retired from that since starting at CSC).  Bill earned a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University; he also holds MBA and BA degrees.  He's the past President of the Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan; and the past Clan Organiser (U.K. spelling) for Scotland based Clan MacAulay where he organized their worldwide Clan Gatherings.  He still serves as the Clan Commissioner for Michigan.  He has given at least a dozen presentations on Genealogy to an equal number of organizations.  He has traveled to Ireland 6 times and the same number to trips to Scotland.