Expert Workshops at the National Library of Ireland, April 2016. Joe Buggy, Introduction to U.S. sources online.




Introductory Genealogy Resources in the United States of America

Almost 3.8 million people immigrated to the United States of America from Ireland between 1851 and 1921. Millions more arrived on the shores of North America in the decades and centuries before those years. Therefore, practically every Irish-born person today has an ancestor who can be traced in American genealogy records. This talk will provide researchers with an overview of the main record sets that should be consulted when beginning genealogy research in the U.S. The backbone of American genealogy, the Federal Census, will be discussed in detail, along with the less well known state censuses. Civil registration, or vital records as they are known stateside, will be explained along with where to apply for those all-important birth, marriage, and death records. Immigration and naturalization records will be the focus of the concluding parts of the lecture.


Joe Buggy is a genealogist with AncestryProGenealogists, the in-house research team of Based in Dublin, he conducts research on behalf of clients from around the world. From 2010-2015, he lived in New York City and Washington, D.C., where he worked as a self-employed genealogy researcher and writer. Joe is the author of Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City,the first book on the topic. He has previously written about researching Irish immigrants in the U.S. in a series of articles for Irish Lives Remembered genealogy magazine. Outside of his day job, Joe runs the Townland of Origin website and blog, which focuses on Irish genealogical research in the United States and Canada.


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