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 16, 2021
2:00 p.m.
"Griffith's Evaluation"
by Cathy Cottone
Online Only

Griffith’s Valuation is a property tax survey carried out in the mid-1800’s under the supervision of Sir Richard Griffith. The survey involved the detailed valuation of every taxable piece of agricultural or built property on the island of Ireland and was published county-by-county between the years 1847 and 1864.

In addition, changes, or revisions, were recorded on an annual basis, directly into the books. Revision Books, Cancelled Books and Current Land Books recorded any changes to occupier, landlord, size of holding or value for each plot. So, if your ancestor sold a homestead years after the Primary Valuation was completed, the new owner's name would have been noted in the Current Land Book that covered that townland and that exact plot of land.

Cathy will show a case study of the use of records and information contained within the Griffith’s Valuations files in finding her McCarthy family in the Beara Peninsula of County Cork Ireland.

Cathy McCarthy Cottone has been researching genealogy for many years. She is a long-standing member of the Irish Genealogy Society of Michigan having served for many years as its very first editor of The Irish Tree. Cathy currently serves as the Genealogist/Clerk at South Lyon Community Library. We are pleased to welcome Cathy back on Saturday, January 16th, 2021, Cathy to discuss Griffith’s Valuation.


Coming Events
Saturday, Feb. 20th
“Researching Immigration and Naturalization Records”
Researching Immigration and Naturalization Records Unless you are a Native American Indian, you are descended from immigrants. Therefore, many people have a strong desire to know why, when, and from where their ancestors emigrated. Scarcely any phase of family history research is as fascinating as tracking immigrant origins—and scarcely ...
Saturday, Mar. 20th
Big City Blues? Researching Urban Ancestors
Big City Blues? Researching Urban Ancestors Using case studies from Chicago, Detroit, and other cities, this program will explore successful strategies for researching ancestors in large urban centers across the U.S.   Kris Rzepczynsk is a Senior Archivist at the Archives of Michigan, where he specializes in family history ...
Saturday, Apr. 17th
"Beyond the population schedule"
Jim Jackson