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. Our meeting is open to everyone who can attend at the Gaelic League.  Zoom invitations are sent out to members only due to capacity limitations.

February 2024 Meeting

Next Meeting Saturday, February 17th 2024, 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 - 2024 season featuring Richard Handley as our featured speaker.  Reminders for this meeting will be emailed out to members as the date approaches

“How DNA Testing Results Helped Me Find My Irish Ancestors” by Richard Handley.


Please join us for a presentation in which Rich will recount his decades-long quest to learn about his Irish roots. an approach to analyzing the match results from a commercial autosomal DNA test and how to leverage these match results by using some of the many tools of modern genetic genealogy. The talk will demonstrate how to build a robust family tree and find unknown close to moderately distant relatives. The study will also touch on exploring some remote Irish ancestors.


Richard Handley is a PhD in Chemist, patent agent and lifelong amateur genealogist. He is a co-founder of Lumigen, Inc. a chemical/biotech company in Southfield, Michigan a world-leading supplier of chemiluminescent compounds to the medical testing and DNA analysis industries. His career at Lumigen introduced him to methods of analyzing DNA. As a result he became an enthusiastic proponent of genetic genealogy. Richard has been a columnist and editor of our newsletter, The Irish Tree for the past four years. He also serves on the board of the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research

Coming Events
Saturday, Mar. 23rd
March 2024 Monthly Meeting
Cathy Cattone “Griffith Valuation Records”
Saturday, Apr. 20th
April 2024 Monthly Meeting
“The Importance of Blending Family Oral History with Solid Genealogy Research Techniques “. By Dick Doherty
Saturday, May. 18th
May 2024 Monthly Meeting
Kathleen Willson “ Irish Emigrants to Michigan in the 1830s/1840s: Two case studies “ (Zoom from her home)